iPhone 7 waterproof or not
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Is the iPhone 7 really waterproof??
Let’s figure it out in the simplest way. To begin with, we go to the official Apple website and read in the characteristics of the iPhone 7 what is said on this topic.
Immediately we find information that there is Protection against splashes, water and dust. Degree IP67 according to the IEC 60529 standard. It remains to find out what this standard gives us.
There are a lot of resources on this topic and, in simple terms, you can submerge a device with this standard to a depth of 1 m for as much as 30 minutes.
On paper, one thing is said, but in practice, swimming with a smartphone is not recommended. Of course, if you get caught in the rain or the phone falls into the pool for a while, then the likelihood that it will survive increases significantly.
Of course, you can find many different tests on YouTube, and as it turned out, it is quite possible to take a photo underwater. But only with the volume buttons, because the sensor does not work.
If you are interested in this topic, then you can read more in my article iPhone 7. Is it possible to shoot underwater?
iPhone 7/7 PLUS: waterproof or not?
When you buy a new smartphone, it is advisable to know everything you need to know about it so that very unpleasant moments do not happen later. Starting with the iPhone 7, devices began to receive IP67 water and dust protection.
Does this mean the iPhone 7 is waterproof? Let’s figure it out, because you want to know for sure whether you can swim with your favorite smartphone or not.
Can iPhone 7 be called waterproof??
There is water resistance, but the iPhone 7 is only partially waterproof. It’s better not to experiment with this, otherwise, by submerging it under water, you can simply drown it. Even if you have an official Apple warranty, it won’t save you. Everything on the same page (at the very bottom) about the characteristics of the device, it is written in small letters that “Damage due to contact with liquid is not covered by the warranty”.
So it is better not to take risks and not take cool pictures under water, which later will cost you very decent money, that is, a new smartphone.
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iPhone X (10): Waterproof or Not?
With the release of new iPhones, the same questions always arise. Most of them relate to water permeability and from here then another one appears, but can he shoot under water.
This time, Apple’s top flagship is the iPhone X, or it is also called the iPhone 10. When you spend 1,500 for a smartphone, it will be very disappointing if you just drown it, checking the water permeability.
Let’s figure out today what has changed compared to last year and what happens to phones if you dip it under water.
iPhone X (10): can you shoot underwater?
Quite a long time has passed since the first appearance of moisture protection in iPhones. But this does not prevent users, immediately after purchase, to quickly run to the bathroom and dip into the bathtub.
Okay, bloggers are doing this, because they show the capabilities of iPhones and at the same time make money on it. There are many underwater iPhone 10 checks on YouTube.
Here are a couple of them:
In general, the situation has not changed much, compared to the iPhone 7. We still have IP67, which allows you to submerge under water for 30 minutes, to a depth of 1m.
Nevertheless, after watching some videos, you begin to understand that the protection is good enough and if you drop your iPhone X into the pool or want to shoot a video, then absolutely nothing will happen to it.
By the way, about photos and videos, if you still want to do this, then the sensor is not your assistant in this. For video. first we turn on the shooting and then we dive, or the volume keys, and for the photo. we use only the volume buttons.
This all sounds good, but there is one point you should definitely know. If something happens to your iPhone X due to the ingress of water or moisture, then under warranty you will not be repaired. This is clearly spelled out on the official Apple website. It can be found on the specification page and scrolling down, there is a text in small print. And this means that the likelihood of making a drowning out of your iPhone X still exists.
IP67 water resistance, or what is IP67 in detail
On September 7, at a press conference in San Francisco, Apple officially unveiled the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. Both devices have achieved IP67 protection for the first time. This means that the gadgets are 100% dustproof and can withstand immersion in water to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. Increased protection is provided by waterproof components such as buttons, housing and rubber-sealed SIM card slot.
However, if moisture gets into the device, you should not count on a free replacement of the gadget, since damage from contact with liquid is not covered by the factory warranty. However, Apple is not the only company whose warranty coverage does not cover water damage. For example, the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have a higher degree of protection. IP68, but Samsung’s standard one-year warranty also does not cover damage from water or dust.
The specification of the protection class is determined by two main numbers that follow the abbreviation IP. The first number indicates the class of protection against the ingress of solid foreign bodies (dust), and the second indicates the class of protection against temporary immersion in water. The higher the number, the better the protection.
As mentioned, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are rated IP67, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are rated IP68. It turns out that the latter are 100% dustproof and can withstand immersion in water to a depth of 1.5 meters for half an hour. But is it really so?
SquareTrade specialists conducted a small test, which showed that the figure declared by Samsung is not true. As a result, now the manufacturer in the description of the Galaxy S7 indicates that the smartphone can be under water for about 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.
So is the iPhone 7 “waterproof”?
As for the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple writes:
“IPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water and dust resistant. The devices have been tested under controlled laboratory conditions with an IP67 rating according to IEC 60529. The degree of protection against splash, moisture and dust is not permanent and may decrease with use of the device […]. Liquid damage is not covered by the warranty. “.
Under the phrase “damage from contact with liquid” Apple means any situation in which moisture penetrates into the device and, as a result, disruption of the gadget. For example, do not charge a wet iPhone because the Lightning connector is not waterproof. In addition, dust particles can damage the rubber seal in the SIM card slot as you use the device, which also increases the risk of damage from contact with water.
“Apple Watch Series 2 is waterproof to 50 meters. This means the device can be used for activities in shallow waters such as swimming in a pool or in the ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 should not be used for scuba diving, water skiing, or other high velocity water or deep water activities, ”the company’s website says.
Summing up the above, we note that even with the IP67 protection class in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you should not “drown” gadgets in the water, swim with them in the pool or use them for underwater filming. This degree of protection only assumes the ability of the devices to painlessly stay at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes (in ideal conditions).
Is the iPhone 7 IP67 waterproof? Is it so?
But for now, we cannot talk about 100% waterproofing. Firstly, while no one personally held it in their hands, this is a miracle that everyone wants to receive so much. And secondly, we can only talk about water resistance, which is completely different. But let’s try to figure it out.
IP67. what does it mean?
- IP. “International Protection Standard”. which is a rating system for dust and water resistance, electronic devices
- 6. degree of protection against dust. So, the IPhone 7 and 6 are dustproof, which pleases.
- 7. water resistance. This means that the iPhone 7 can be submerged in water to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
As a result, we can say that the Iphone 7 and 7 Plus will work fully if it is not too wet, for example, in the rain, or spilled water. And nothing terrible will happen to him. But, do not forget that it is better not to deal with salt water or bleach. The IP code only indicates the degree of protection against water and dust. Apple has not made any statements about this, but we know that Samsung IP67 has received certification, and we understand what to expect from Apple.
IP67 waterproof iPhone 7
The most interesting thing is that Apple does not give a warranty for the coverage, it is written in small print that the warranty does not cover damage associated with water and dust. Referring to the fact that it could harm the device and disable it.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been tested in a controlled laboratory environment with an IEC 60529 rating of IP67, dust and water resistance. Splashing water is not a normal environment for the device and exposure to water resistance may affect normal wear and tear. Never charge a wet Iphone, refer to the user manual for cleaning and drying the device. The warranty does not cover liquid damage.
So, you can safely relax on a sun lounger, near the pool, and not be afraid that small splashes will fall on your IPhone 7. But, nevertheless, deliberately immerse it in water to check its water resistance or just show off among friends, we are not recommend. It is, of course, certified for IP67 protection, but this is not covered by the warranty.
Would you test your iPhone 7 for water resistance??
Flooded iPhones are not covered by the warranty
And this is even written on the Apple website and in the footnotes of any smartphone manufacturer with moisture and dust protection! You can see for yourself if you go down to the footnotes in the description of the iPhone, or look at the screenshot:
A similar comment was given to me by the employees of the Apple service center: any ingress of liquid into the inside of the device is not a warranty case. In the event of such an incident, the service will offer either the replacement of the failed module (display, board, camera.), or replace the entire phone. Any such operation will, of course, be paid. And once again. do not be offended by the service engineer, this is his job.
If you think that it is Apple that is so bad and specifically disclaims responsibility for such a breakdown, then you are mistaken. There is a similar warning on the Motorola website, under the description of the Moto Z2 Play smartphone.
and on the English-language site under the “waterproof” smartphone Moto X4!
But LG believes that one can say about the refusal of warranty service with just one phrase “Do not carry out the tests yourself.” In practice, this will mean exactly the same thing as with other companies: drowned = pay for repairs:
As we can see, smartphone manufacturers are in no hurry to please us with truly waterproof devices. precisely, there are similar smartphones, but you are unlikely to use them with great pleasure. You can look at the CAT phones. powerful, rubberized, bulletproof and unsinkable in acid! But the appearance of such a smartphone just screams. my owner is extreme or a foreman at a construction site. In general, this is a special technique, so to speak.
In addition to knowingly waterproof smartphones, such as Cat, various fitness bracelets come to mind, which you can not remove when taking a shower or in the pool, as well as various devices in sealed cases or boxes. Personally, I have a Xiaomi fitness bracelet on my hand and I boldly immerse it in water and am not afraid for its health. But it was originally made waterproof and as tight as possible, as well as strong enough. There are even 2 contacts on the case for charging the bracelet, but by closing them absolutely nothing happens, and therefore they can be safely immersed in water. I am sure that I will physically break it earlier than water gets inside
Waterproof iPhone 7, 8 and X. True?
Hello everyone! It’s great to have a waterproof iPhone! You can read books or play games while lying in the bathroom, record videos while being up to your neck in the sea. Or just wash it if it gets dirty. A year ago, Apple gave us such a gift with the release of the iPhone 7, and continued the glorious tradition of waterproof gadgets with the release of the iPhone 8 and X. But are the new smartphones only so protected from water and dust? Let’s figure it out!
I would like to start with a sad story that happened the other day with my client. After rinsing the iPhone 7 again under running water, it suddenly began to shake and flicker images. At first, I didn’t give in to the client’s words about “I’ll go and wash my iPhone, otherwise it’s dirty,” but after the screen flickering, I began to ask for details. It turned out that this “seven” periodically visits the bathroom in the hands of the client’s daughter, where he also takes water procedures. That is, he is periodically bathed in water! “But in the ad, Apple shows that they can be washed and are waterproof!”. the client complained, but no, this is not entirely true, and now we will figure out why!
Why iPhone is not sealed?
It seems that we have just found out that everything is hermetically sealed and can be bathed! Yes, but only a new device that is not subject to external influences. And by external influences everything is meant in general. blows, concussions, careless handling, as well as exposure to time and just using a smartphone. All this affects the tightness of the joints. It was the blows and dents on the case of the very iPhone 7 from the sad story that led to the appearance of microcracks on the case and the ingress of moisture into the inside of the device! The photo shows not good enough, but where the tip of the screwdriver has a redhead, which indicates the ingress of moisture on the metal.
In this particular case, liquid has penetrated into the gap between the antenna and the housing, formed by the falls. Yes, maybe water got into it for a long time and in very small quantities while bathing in the bathroom and the child simply did not pay attention to small temporary distortions of the picture. But we, after another “bathing”, noticed the shaking of the picture and began to deal with the reasons.
But do not think that immediately after the liquid enters the inside of the device, it will immediately fail. Not at all! When moisture gets on the contacts or internal circuits, a corrosion process begins, which does not occur instantly, but can drag on for a long time, up to months! Under the influence of heat and electricity (there is a battery in the device and is connected all the time), the process of electrochemical corrosion occurs, which leads to the destruction of contacts inside the device.
And if we are talking about something very compact, be it a smartphone or an Action Camera, then the layout of the internal elements is so dense that a drop of water can corrode several dozen conductors or loops. In most cases, if all internal elements are not cleaned and dried in time, large-scale rotting occurs inside the device! And as a result, the failure of the entire device.
So do not be offended by the service engineer, who, after examining the iPhone drowned a week ago, states its complete death. And there is no need to complain that this iPhone worked fine for a whole week (after getting water), but warmed up a little and only this morning finally turned off and stopped responding to commands.
IP67 waterproof for iPhone
In general, a lot of modern gadgets have some degree of dust and moisture protection. precisely, any electronic device has a certain protection class, ranging from IP00 to IP69. For those who want to know more about these strange numbers, you can follow the link on Wikipedia. And for a simple understanding, it is enough to know that the first number indicates the protection of the case from dust, and the second number. about moisture protection. The higher the number, the more reliable the protection. So the same IP67 index stands for:
- 6. dust cannot get into the device. Full contact protection;
- 7. short-term immersion in water to a depth of 1 meter. Continuous immersion is not expected.
That is, the iPhone 7 (8 and X) can be briefly placed in a sink filled with water (and then quickly removed and wiped dry), but you won’t be able to swim with it in the pool. It will work out more precisely, but the performance of the smartphone in this mode is not guaranteed.!
But these are just numbers, the practice of using devices with protection against water is much more interesting. How is this security achieved? With sealed joints, special rubber or silicone gaskets and plugs. With regard to the iPhone, this means that:
- the SIM tray has a sealed gasket around the perimeter;
- the display adjoins the body tightly and there is a sealant between them;
- all buttons on the case are also sealed;
- Lightning connector is also specially protected;
All of these measures are designed to provide maximum protection against short-term water ingress on the iPhone. It is a short-term immersion, although this can harm the device. Now let’s figure out why this can happen.
Take care of your smartphones, do not expose them to the risk of water ingress. Even a drop of rain can cause a lot of trouble, not to mention immersing your iPhone completely in a full bathtub or sink. And even more so, do not get fooled by commercials and blogger reviews. this is all done solely for the sake of PR and embellishments. If you still have questions, you can write them in the comments below or in my groups in or. And also add to my groups to learn news from the Apple world
Testing in a lab is not the same as actual circumstances
The IP67 standard has shown all its strengths in a laboratory environment, where everything is controlled by specialists. Using a smartphone in real life is fundamentally different.
There is a 100% risk that the iPhone will be exposed to other forces, which will increase the pressure under water. If the iPhone is dropped from a great height into the water, the pressure of the oncoming streams may well destroy the device’s protection.
It is worth taking into account the elements in the composition of the water. The presence of a high concentration of salts in the water makes the oxidation process more active, the chlorine elements also do not work in the best way on the phone.
In addition, during testing, smartphones are in standby mode, that is, reduced power consumption. If you turn on, for example, a Camera or another application, energy consumption will increase, and at the same time the risk of moisture penetration and oxidation of contacts.
Waterproof iPhone since iPhone 7. Myth or Reality?
Much has been said about the water resistance of recent iPhones. But no one mentions that smartphones are still vulnerable when they come into contact with water. There have been many cases of drowning of iPhones of these models and their subsequent death. What is the reason?
IP67 does not make the device eternal and invulnerable
The manufacturer has equipped the iPhone 7 smartphones and further models with an innovative protective technology of the IP67 standard housing. This does not mean that the devices are completely sealed, and they can be damaged if they come into contact with water.
The abbreviation IP67 stands for the following:
IP. Ingress Protection
resistance to dust ingress
the ability to immerse the device for a short time no deeper than 1 m
It turns out that the device has good protection against dust, which, in principle, is not surprising, but contact with water should be minimized. a maximum of 30 minutes without the ability to use it.
IPhone lifespan affects moisture protection
Any mobile device is not protected from drops and shocks. And careless actions directly affect the moisture protection of the device and reduce its functions. The specialists of the manufacturing company say: “The devices are protected from water drops and dust, but this condition is not indestructible: the stability of the gadget decreases during operation.”.
This is one of the reasons why recessed iPhones are not covered under warranty. The conclusion is this: the new iPhone models are afraid of water like the old samples.
The degree of waterproofing is not a new feature of iPhones, but only an auxiliary element of protection in force majeure. Do not swim with it in the pool and place it under running water. But you can safely use your iPhone in rainy or snowy weather.
Does the breakdown from the ingress of water into the device belong to warranty cases??
The following information is listed on the official Apple website: “Damage to iPhone or iPod caused by contact with liquid is not covered by the limited one-year warranty.” As a result, when contacting the service immediately after a photo session under water, the likelihood of repairing for free is reduced to zero.
It will not work to deceive the technicians from the service, calling another reason for the breakdown. in the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, since 2008, special indicators have been installed that confirm the fact of contact with liquid. If the indicator looks the same as in the image above, then you should immediately forget about the guarantee.
Is the iPhone X really waterproof?
Splash, water and dust resistance in Apple mobile devices first appeared in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 2016. The degree of protection is IP67 according to the IEC 60529 standard. This combination is deciphered as follows. the technique will cope with immersion to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. After the “Seven”, the protection technology reached both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, and unchanged. the same standard, the same immersion depth, familiar indicators of life under water.
How the company provided protection
The way to protect the internal components of the iPhone X, the developers from Apple chose the standard one for IP67. a special sealed rubber frame is located around the perimeter of the case, which acts as a barrier that does not allow dust and moisture to pass through.
And, although the protection has already been tested by time (Apple has been introducing IP67 technology since the iPhone 7), it is worth remembering the natural wear and tear of the rubber frame components. With frequent contact with water, the protective mechanisms are destroyed and become unusable. As a result, do not deliberately immerse the iPhone in liquid (especially soda, tea or coffee)!
The Truth About Iphone X Waterproofness
The flagship iPhone X is very different from its predecessors. the frames have become narrower, instead of the fingerprint scanner and the Home button, face recognition technology and gestures have appeared, allowing you to interact with the iOS operating system on a new and slightly more intuitive level. Even the display has acquired new technologies. But the protection against water for the iPhone has remained the same, and therefore it’s time to figure out whether it is worth worrying about Apple’s mobile technology during photo sessions at the bottom of the pool.?
Is it possible to shoot video underwater?
From a technical point of view, you can: iPhone X, according to the IP67 standard, is capable of withstanding a half-hour immersion in water to a depth of one meter. We are talking exclusively about clean flowing water. the photo shoot at the bottom of the sea will end for the iPhone X with a hit on the table of a surgeon technician from the Apple service. And therefore. is it worth the risk of expensive equipment, when it is much easier to use either special cameras or covers that protect against water with double strength??
Will the device survive submersion in water?
Immediately after its release, the iPhone X went from a hotly debated novelty with the innovative Face ID scanner and an emerging gesture system to the subject of endless stress tests. Apple’s novelty was dropped on the floor, frozen in the refrigerator and even boiled. The enthusiasts did not pass by the test for water resistance. the iPhone X repeatedly swam in pools, sank to the seabed and even had fun in the washing machine. And, oddly enough, the novelty coped with all the tests, and even with 100% efficiency. As noted by the experimenters from the YouTube channel EverythingApplePro, the iPhone X is able to withstand immersion to a depth of 6 meters, and at the same time it is able to stay in the water for up to several hours in a row.
Did the iPhone 7 survive our water test?
And, although the tests do not take into account the fact of gradual wear of the protection, the answer is obvious. an Apple smartphone is really capable of surviving falling into water, especially in cases where the owner does not abuse checks.
What to do if your phone falls into water
If your iPhone X hasn’t survived contact with water, liquids, or beverages and has stopped turning on, you should go straight to the emergency response procedure. It is recommended to immediately dry the smartphone (talking about paper napkins or a towel, not a hairdryer!), And then leave it alone for 3-4 hours. Next, you should hold down the power button located on the right side of the case until the Apple logo appears on the screen or at least a special notification reminding you of the need to recharge the battery. If notifications have appeared, you should count on the early return of the iPhone X to life. Alternatively, you will have to wait a couple more hours, and then try again.
In addition, it is worth remembering the use of cleaning agents and compressed air. both “components” of cleaning can disrupt the iPhone’s performance even more than salt water.
Which waterproof case or bag to choose for the iPhone X
The screen parameters of the iPhone 7 do not differ from those of the iPhone 6s: a 4.7-inch diagonal, IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1134 × 750. By modern standards. average parameters.
Alexey Kudryavtsev, editor of the “Monitors” and “Projectors and TV” sections, will tell you about the quality of the display.
The front surface of the screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface, resistant to scratches. Judging by the reflection of objects, the anti-glare properties of the screen are better than that of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, here is a photo in which a white surface is reflected in the turned off screens (on the left. Nexus 7, on the right. Apple iPhone 7, then they can be distinguished by their size):
The screen of the Apple iPhone 7 is slightly darker (the brightness according to the photos is 110 versus 118 for the Nexus 7). The doubling of reflected objects in the screen of the Apple iPhone 7 is very weak, which indicates that there is no air gap between the layers of the screen (more specifically, between the outer glass and the surface of the LCD matrix) (OGS type screen. One Glass Solution). Due to the smaller number of boundaries (such as glass / air) with very different refractive indices, such screens look better in conditions of intense ambient light, but their repair in case of cracked outer glass is much more expensive, since the entire screen has to be changed. On the outer surface of the screen there is a special oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating (effective, similar to that of the Nexus 7), so fingerprints are much easier to remove, and appear at a slower speed than in the case of ordinary glass.
iPhone 7 Water Test! Secretly Waterproof?
With manual brightness control and with the display of the white field in full screen, the maximum brightness value was about 560 cd / m², the minimum. 4.8 cd / m². The maximum brightness is very high and, given the excellent anti-glare properties, readability even on a sunny day outdoors will be good. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable value. In the presence of automatic brightness control by the light sensor (it is located above the slot of the front speaker). In automatic mode, when the ambient light conditions change, the screen brightness both increases and decreases. The operation of this function depends on the position of the brightness adjustment slider. with it the user sets the desired brightness level for the current conditions. If nothing is changed, then in complete darkness, the brightness drops to 2.6 cd / m² (very dark), in an office lit with artificial light (about 550 lux), the screen brightness is set to 120 cd / m² (acceptable), in a very bright environment (corresponds to lighting outdoors on a clear day, but without direct sunlight. 20,000 lux or slightly more) rises to 650 cd / m² (even higher than with manual adjustment). The result did not quite suit us, so in the dark we slightly moved the brightness slider to the right, and for the above three conditions we got 16, 100-170 and 650 cd / m² (ideal). It turns out that the automatic brightness control function works adequately, and it is possible to adjust the nature of the brightness change to the user’s requirements. At any brightness level, there is no significant backlight modulation, so there is no screen flicker either.
This smartphone uses an IPS-type matrix. The micrographs show the typical IPS subpixel structure:
For comparison, you can see the gallery of micrographs of screens used in mobile technology.
Traditionally for iPhone, a lot of dust particles are found in the layer of filler glue between the outer glass and the matrix, we will not even demonstrate this.
The screen has good viewing angles without significant color shift, even with large gaze deviations from the perpendicular to the screen, and without tint inversion. For comparison, we present photographs in which the screens of Apple iPhone 7 and Nexus 7 display the same images, while the brightness of the screens was initially set to about 200 cd / m² (along the white field across the entire screen), and the color balance on the camera was forcibly switched to 6500 K. White field perpendicular to the screens:
Note the good uniformity of brightness and color tone of the white field.
And the test picture:
The color balance is slightly different, the color saturation is normal. Recall that a photograph cannot serve as a reliable source of information about the quality of color rendition and is provided only for a conditional visual illustration. In this case, apparently due to the peculiarities of the radiation spectrum of the screen, the color balance and brightness of colors in the photographs of the Apple iPhone 7 screen is somewhat different from what is seen with the eye and is determined by the spectrophotometer.
Now at an angle of about 45 degrees to the plane and to the side of the screen:
It can be seen that the colors did not change much on both screens and the contrast remained at a high level.
The brightness at the angle of the screens decreased (at least 4 times, based on the difference in exposure), but in the case of the Apple iPhone 7, the drop in brightness is less. The black field, when deviated along the diagonal, is lightened to an average degree and acquires a purple tint. The photos below demonstrate this (the brightness of the white areas in the direction perpendicular to the plane of the screens is about the same!):
And from a different angle:
When viewed from a perpendicular view, the black field uniformity is good, albeit imperfect:
The contrast (approximately in the center of the screen) is high. about 1375: 1. Black-white-black response time is 23ms (12ms on 11ms off). The transition between gray tones of 25% and 75% (based on the numerical value of the color) and back in total takes 30 ms. The gamma curve, plotted using 32 points with equal intervals in terms of the numerical value of the shade of gray, did not reveal a blockage in either the highlights or the shadows. The exponent of the approximating power function is 1.76, which is lower than the standard value of 2.2, so the image is slightly lightened. In this case, the real gamma curve significantly deviates from the power-law dependence:
The color gamut is sRGB:
We look at the spectra:
Such spectra are found in top-end mobile devices from Sony and other manufacturers. Apparently, this screen uses LEDs with a blue emitter and a green and red phosphor (usually a blue emitter and a yellow phosphor), which, in combination with special matrix filters, allows a wide color gamut. Yes, and in the red phosphor, apparently, the so-called quantum dots are used. For a consumer device, a wide color gamut is in no way an advantage, but a significant drawback, since as a result, the colors of images. drawings, photographs and films. oriented to the sRGB space (and there are the overwhelming majority of them) have an unnatural saturation. This is especially noticeable on recognizable shades, such as skin tones. But unlike many well-known and not so famous companies in Apple, they know what the color gamut should be, and therefore they carefully adjust it to the sRGB borders. As a result, visually the colors have natural saturation.
This applies to images that have an sRGB profile or no profile at all. However, native to modern Apple devices (at least the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro 9.7 and MacBook Pro) is the Display P3 color space with slightly richer greens and reds. Display P3 is based on SMPTE DCI-P3 but has a D65 white point and a gamma curve of approximately 2.2. In addition, the manufacturer claims that since iOS 9.3 color management is supported at the system level, which makes it easier for iOS applications to correctly display images with a prescribed color profile. Indeed, adding the Display P3 profile to the test images (JPG and PNG files), we got a wider color gamut than sRGB (output in Safari):
Note that the coordinates of the primary colors almost exactly coincided with those prescribed for the DCI-P3 standard. This coverage differs from Adobe RGB, red in Display P3 is slightly more saturated, and green can be considered less saturated:
Let’s look at the spectra in the case of test images with the Display P3 profile:
It can be seen that in this case, no cross-mixing of the components occurs, that is, this color space is native to the screen of Apple iPhone 7. The main question is whether Display P3 support gives at least some significant advantage, and doubts are primarily related with the fact that there is practically no content with a coverage wider than sRGB, and when it appears, it is not a fact that it will be in the Display P3 version, and all current devices will be hopelessly outdated by that time. However, you have to start somewhere, and the wide screen coverage and the OS’s built-in color management contribute to this. In the meantime, the content can be created by the user himself, since the Display P3 profile is registered in the photos from the iPhone 7/7 Plus cameras (however, we do not know about the real color gamut of these cameras).
The balance of shades on the gray scale is good, as the color temperature is close to the standard 6500 K, and the deviation from the spectrum of the absolute black body (ΔE) is less than 10, which is considered an acceptable indicator for a consumer device. At the same time, the color temperature and ΔE vary little from shade to shade. this has a positive effect on the visual assessment of the color balance. The change in values from hue to hue indirectly indicates that software color correction is being used. (The darkest areas of the gray scale can be ignored, since the color balance there is not very important, and the error in measuring color characteristics at low brightness is large.)
Like the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE, this Apple device has a Night Shift feature that makes the picture warmer at night (how much warmer. the user indicates). For a description of why such a correction might be useful, see the referenced iPad Pro 9.7 article. In any case, when having fun with a tablet or smartphone at night looking, it is better to lower the screen brightness to a minimum, but still comfortable level, and only then, to calm your own paranoia, turn the screen yellow by setting the Night Shift.
Let’s summarize. The screen has a very high maximum brightness and excellent anti-reflective properties, so the device can be used outdoors without any problems, even on a sunny summer day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable level. It is also acceptable to use the mode with automatic brightness adjustment, which works adequately. The advantages of the screen include an effective oleophobic coating, no air gap in the layers of the screen and no flicker, good black stability to deviation of the gaze from the perpendicular to the screen plane, high contrast, as well as support for sRGB color gamut (with the participation of the OS) and good color balance. There are no significant shortcomings. At the moment, this is perhaps one of the best displays among all smartphones.
Packaging and equipment
The box and equipment of the iPhone 7 is similar to the older model.
Recall that the main thing here is new headphones (with a Lightning connector instead of a 3.5 mm Mini-jack) and an adapter from Lightning to a minijack. Thanks to this adapter, you can use your iPhone with traditional headphones or speakers.
Otherwise, everything is the same as before: flyers, charger (5V 1A), Lightning cable, stickers and a key to eject the SIM cradle.
The iPhone 7, like the iPhone 7 Plus, runs on the new Apple A10 Fusion SoC (we covered it in detail in the iPhone 7 Plus review, so we won’t repeat ourselves). However, the amount of RAM in the younger model is less. Let’s see how this affected performance.!
Let’s start with browser benchmarks: SunSpider 1.0.2, Octane Benchmark, and Kraken Benchmark. We will also add JetStream to our standard set. a new browser benchmark recommended by the creators of SunSpider as a replacement for it. Safari browser used.
|Apple iPhone 7
|Apple iPhone 7 Plus
(less is better)
|220.1 ms||211.0 ms|
(more is better)
|26463 points||24426 points|
|Kraken Benchmark 1.1
(less is better)
|1093 ms||1258 ms|
(more is better)
|165.9 points||161.7 points|
As we can see, the iPhone 7 not only did not lag behind the iPhone 7 Plus, but even surpassed it slightly. However, the difference is so small that it can be attributed to the measurement error.
Now let’s see how the iPhone 7 Plus performs in the comprehensive AnTuTu benchmark (we have recently been using it on iOS as well) and Geekbench 4, which measures CPU performance.
|Apple iPhone 7
|Apple iPhone 7 Plus
(more is better)
|149380 points||184083 points|
|Geekbench 4 Single-Core Score
(more is better)
|3463 points||3444 points|
|Geekbench 4 Multi-Core Score
(more is better)
|5604 points||5598 points|
And here’s the first surprise: the iPhone 7 lost a lot in AnTuTu to the older iPhone 7 Plus. And, interestingly, it’s not just about RAM, although it’s also about points “for memory”. But in the processor benchmark Geekbench 4, the results have already turned out to be almost identical.
The last group of benchmarks is dedicated to GPU performance testing. We used 3DMark and GFXBench Metal.
Recall that off-screen tests are displaying a 1080p picture regardless of the actual screen resolution. And Onscreen tests are displaying an image in the resolution that matches the device’s screen resolution. That is, the Offscreen tests are indicative of the abstract performance of the SoC, and the Onscreen tests are indicative of the comfort of the game on a specific device.
|Apple iPhone 7
|Apple iPhone 7 Plus
|22.7 fps||18.3 fps|
|59.4 fps||26.1 fps|
|38.8 fps||26.1 fps|
|59.8 fps||41.1 fps|
|58.3 fps||41.0 fps|
And here’s the mystery: the iPhone 7 outperformed the iPhone 7 Plus not only in tests with real resolution, which is quite logical, but also in off-screen tests! At the same time, the same version of the program and identical versions of the OS were installed on both smartphones. Miracles, and only!
Next test: 3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited and Sling Shot modes).
|Apple iPhone 7
|Apple iPhone 7 Plus
|37923 points||36796 points|
|2354 points||2439 points|
Here the results are already more plausible, although somewhat contradictory, but the difference is not so great, so it is quite possible to say that the rivals are equal.
As a result, we can admit that the iPhone 7, despite the smaller amount of RAM, is practically not inferior to the iPhone 7 Plus in performance. In most benchmarks, including those using real 3D scenes, it performed similar to the older model. Of course, one can assume that one day the user will feel a lack of RAM. But this will not happen soon, but for now you can not really worry about the numbers in the technical characteristics and choose between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus without regard to the performance parameter.
Apple iPhone 7 smartphone
The iPhone lineup update this year turned out to be strange. We told you in detail about the iPhone 7 Plus, where we described the situation with the disappeared headset jack, and the appearance of a second rear camera, and a new body color. The junior model has a similar situation in general, but it would be completely wrong to ignore it. We usually test both new models almost simultaneously, but this time it turned out that it was the iPhone 7 that was in short supply. And just recently, we managed to get a copy for a fairly long-term use, which allows us to carefully study all aspects of this gadget.
Let’s take a look at the characteristics of the device.
Specifications Apple iPhone 7
- SoC Apple A10 Fusion (4 cores, 2 of which run at 2.34 GHz, 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture)
- GPU Apple A10 Fusion
- Apple M10 motion coprocessor including barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass
- RAM 2 GB
- Flash memory 32/128/256 GB
- No memory card support
- Operating system iOS 10
- Touch display IPS, 4.7 ″, 1334 × 750 (326 ppi), capacitive, multitouch, support for 3D Touch technologies and Taptic Engine response
- Cameras: front (7 megapixel, video 1080p 30 fps, 720p 240 fps) and rear (12 megapixels, shooting video 4K 30 fps and 60 fps)
- Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz; MIMO support)
- Cellular: UMTS / HSPA / HSPA / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, LTE Advanced support
- Bluetooth 4.2 A2DP LE
- Fingerprint scanner Touch ID version 3
- NFC (Apple Pay only)
- Universal Lightning connector
- Li-polymer battery 1960 mAh, non-removable
- GPS / A-GPS, Glonass
- Dimensions 138 × 67 × 7.1 mm
- Weight 138 g (our measurement)
For clarity, let’s compare the characteristics of the new items with the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s.
|Apple iPhone 7||Apple iPhone 7 Plus||Apple iPhone 6s|
|4.7 ″, IPS, 1334 × 750, 326 ppi||5.5 ″, IPS, 1920 × 1080, 401 ppi||4.7 ″, IPS, 1334 × 750, 326 ppi|
|Apple A10 Fusion (4 cores, 2 of which are clocked at 2.34 GHz, 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture)||Apple A10 Fusion (4 cores, 2 of which are clocked at 2.34 GHz, 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture)||Apple A9 (2 cores @ 1.8 GHz, 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture)|
|Apple A10 Fusion||Apple A10 Fusion||Apple a9|
|32/128/256 GB||32/128/256 GB||16/64/128 GB|
|universal Lightning connector||universal Lightning connector||Lightning dock connector, 3.5 mm headset jack|
|2 GB||3 GB||2 GB|
|main (12 megapixel; 4K video) and front (7 megapixel; shooting and transferring Full HD video)||main (12 megapixel; 4K video) with two lenses and front (7 megapixel; shooting and transferring Full HD video)||main (12 megapixel; 4K video) and front (5 megapixel; shooting and transferring Full HD video)|
|Fingerprint’s scanner||Fingerprint’s scanner||Fingerprint’s scanner|
|IP67 (water and dust proof)||IP67 (water and dust proof)||not|
|Apple iOS 10||Apple iOS 10||Apple iOS 9 (upgrade to iOS 10 available)|
|138 × 67 × 7.1||158 × 78 × 7.3||138 × 67 × 7.1|
|Average price (for the version with minimum flash memory)||T-14206636||T-14206637||T-12858631|
|IPhone 7 Retail Deals (32GB)||L-14206636-10|
|IPhone 7 Retail Deals (128GB)||L-14206682-10|
|IPhone 7 Retail Deals (256GB)||L-14206684-10|
As we can see, the differences in the characteristics of the iPhone 7 from the iPhone 7 Plus are minimal. In addition to the obvious (dimensions and size / resolution of the display), this is a smaller amount of RAM (2 GB instead of three in the iPhone 7 Plus), as well as a lower battery capacity and the lack of a second lens for the camera. At the same time, in comparison with its immediate predecessor. iPhone 6s. the new item has slightly less weight (with the same dimensions) and more battery capacity.
Let’s get to know the smartphone live and understand how these features affect the user qualities of the model.
Externally, the new iPhone, like its older brother, is very similar to its predecessor. Dimensions and basic design elements remain unchanged. We tested the gold version, and in this version, the iPhone 7 is even more difficult to distinguish from the iPhone 6 / 6s than in the case of the new colors “black” and “black onyx”.
By the way, the “black onyx” option, which is especially scarce in the first days of sales, can now be purchased without problems, but it has its drawbacks, which we wrote about in the article about the iPhone 7 Plus, so this is a solution for everyone. Golden. not everyone likes it either, but it is more practical and familiar.
In general, the design of the iPhone 7 is identical to the iPhone 7 Plus. The location of the connectors, the shape of the case, moisture resistance, the new Home button (touch-sensitive, not physical). everything is the same. Therefore, here we will focus on comparing the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 6, in order to notice some subtle changes.
First, the plastic inserts are now positioned differently. They pass only along the edges, without climbing on the back surface. However, we note that in the case of the golden version, they are still too striking. And in this regard, the silver and black versions seem to us to be more successful.
Secondly, the rear camera is now larger and more convex. But unlike the iPhone 7 Plus, there is only one. And finally, the third difference is the second row of holes on the bottom edge. However, don’t assume there is another speaker! Most likely there is a microphone.
Overall, in terms of looks, the differences between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 6s are minimal. However, despite this, Apple did not provide compatibility for protective accessories. IPhone 6s cases won’t fit iPhone 7 due to the new camera eye. This, of course, is a very strange and offensive decision. But on the other hand, new color options for leather cases are available for the iPhone 7: almond, “stormy sky” and “blue sea”. The last of them we were able to evaluate live.
It is combined with a golden color rather strangely, but this shade cannot be denied a certain charm. It seems to be not blue, but at the same time it is not blue, but something in between. However, here we also note the traditional problem of Apple leather cases: they quickly become covered with scratches and lose their presentable appearance. Therefore, if you perceive the case precisely as an element of style, and not just as a protection for your smartphone, you should treat it with care.
Summarizing our impressions of the design, we can simply repeat what was said earlier about the iPhone 7 Plus and wish that in the next version of the iPhone the functional features of the current generation will be preserved (moisture protection, first of all), and the appearance will still be updated more significantly.
The iPhone 7 lacks the main feature of the iPhone 7 Plus. the second rear camera. However, unlike the iPhone 6s, there is optical stabilization when shooting video (in the last generation it was only in the iPhone 6s Plus), and other camera parameters (front and rear) are identical to the iPhone 7 Plus.
Now let’s evaluate the photo opportunities. Below are examples of pictures on the rear camera with comments from our expert Anton Solovyov.