Apple’s new iPhones – the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – are due to launch in the next few months, with most placing their bets on a September announcement.
Rumours of the two devices, as well as a third, have been circulating around the rumour mill for several months now though, giving us a few clues as to what we might be able to expect.
We’ve compared the rumoured standard iPhone 7 to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6already, but this feature focuses on the iPhone 7 Plus against the iPhone 6S Plus and the iPhone 6 Plus. Read on to find out what differences and similarities there might be, based on the speculation.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 6S Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus: Design
The Apple iPhone 6S Plus measures 158.1 x 77.9 x 7.3mm and weighs 192g, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm and is 20g lighter at 172g. Both offer a metal build that’s identical in appearance, though the iPhone 6S Plus is made from a different grade of aluminium.
The two current devices have Touch ID built into the Home button at the front, although the 6S Plus features the second generation of the fingerprint sensor, which is faster and more responsive than the original.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is rumoured to be coming with a very similar design to the iPhone 6S Plus, but with a couple of differences. It is thought Apple will move the antenna bands across the rear to just the top and bottom for a cleaner look, as well as ditch the headphone jack, but the thickness of the new device is reported to remain at 7.3mm.
Other rumours have claimed the iPhone 7 Plus will feature water and dustproofing, a dual-SIM tray and it is claimed the Home button will be replaced with a Force Touch capacitive component.
The iPhone 6S Plus comes in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold colour options, while the iPhone 6 Plus is only available in silver and space grey now. It isn’t clear what the iPhone 7 Plus will arrive in but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same four options as the iPhone 6S Plus.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 6S Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus: Display
The Apple iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 Plus both feature 5.5-inch displays with Full HD resolutions that put their pixel densities at 401ppi.
They are both IPS LCD displays with LED-backlights, but the iPhone 6S Plus also features Apple’s pressure sensitive technology called 3D Touch that allows users to do more depending on the force with which they press.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is also rumoured to be coming with a 5.5-inch display, but reports have suggested Apple may change the display technology to AMOLED for the new device. It has also been claimed the resolution will increase to 2560 x 1440 pixels, which would mean a slightly sharper screen than its predecessors with a pixel density of 534ppi.
We would expect 3D Touch to make an appearance again on the iPhone 7 Plus, but rumours suggest it could evolve to multi-force touch.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 6S Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus: Camera
The Apple iPhone 6S Plus features a 12-megapixel rear camera coupled with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, both of which feature an aperture of f/2.2. The front facing camera features a Retina Flash and the rear camera is capable of 4K video recording.
The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, both of which again have an aperture of f/2.2. There is no front flash on the iPhone 6 Plus and the rear camera is only capable of Full HD video recording.
Both the iPhone 6S Plus and the iPhone 6 Plus have optical image stabilisation on board, but the iPhone 6S Plus also features OIS for video recording too, which the 6 Plus doesn’t.
The iPhone 7 Plus has been rumoured to be coming with a dual-camera setup, but this claim has also been associated with the iPhone 7 Pro. There haven’t been any suggestions as to what resolution or aperture to expect, but we are not expecting a different sensor resolution to the iPhone 6S Plus, unless the dual-camera theory is adopted.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 6S Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus: Hardware
The Apple iPhone 6S Plus features the A9 processor with an embedded M9 motion coprocessor. It offers 2GB of RAM, is available in storage options of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB and its battery capacity is thought to be 2750mAh.
The iPhone 6 Plus has the A8 processor with a separate M8 motion coprocessor. There is 1GB of RAM on board, it is now available in 16GB and 64GB storage options, and its battery capacity is said to be 2915mAh.
The iPhone 7 Plus is expected to arrive with the A10 processor and it is rumoured to upping the RAM to 3GB. It has also been claimed that Apple will ditch the 16GB storage option, starting at 32GB instead, and there has been talk of a 256GB model too. The battery capacity for the new device is also reported to see an increase to 3100mAh.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 6S Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus: Software
The Apple iPhone 6S Plus and the iPhone 6 Plus both currently run on iOS 9 but they will both get an update to iOS 10 when it launches later this year on the new iPhones.
There are a couple of software features the iPhone 6S Plus is capable of over theiPhone 6 Plus, such as Live Photos and 3D Touch functions, but the software experience is mainly the same.
The iPhone 7 Plus will launch on iOS 10 as we mentioned, bringing the new features and functions directly to the new device, all of which you can read about in our separate feature. As the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 Plus will both be updated though, again the software experience should be very familiar, bar perhaps a couple of extra features.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 6S Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus: Conclusion
Based on the current rumours, it looks like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus will be very similar to the iPhone 6S Plus in terms of appearance, with a few changes here and there.
As with every succeeding device, we will no doubt see improvements in hardware but the software experience will remain familiar across these three devices being compared, aside from the odd extra function.
Everything is speculation at the moment though. For all the rumours surrounding the iPhone 7 Plus, you can read our separate feature.