IPhone 7 And 7 Plus In The First Test

Already a few days before the official launch of Mac & Apple’s i could try out new smartphones with the improved cameras.

By John Schuster, Holger Zelder, immo young Haertchen and Christoph Dernbach – 13.09.16

On Friday, the sale of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus begins September 16. We have already made a short test with both models.

Unboxing iPhone 7: Housing and back

The size of the two iPhones has changed 6s and 6 s plus a millimeter over the predecessors, its weight has been reduced to a few grams. But you can make significant changes on the back of robust aluminium housing: for the antenna, there are no plastic covers in the form of visible horizontal stripes more. Thus the backs of 7 iPhones are now again consistently in a color. It has remained at a small hill for the camera lenses, which is but equalised when using an – already highly recommended – shell. In a small video, we will show the new look, and deliverables.

Instead of space grey Apple now offers a matte black, there is still a shiny “diamond black”, even already indicates its scratch Anfälligkeit Apple – and recommends the use of a sleeve. One of our test devices was held in diamond black. The piano black finish is almost cheap some observers, because you now know of many other products where plastic with it is refined. IPhone 7 you can indeed not immediately see that it’s an aluminum housing, and you don’t immediately feel it. For this, every fingerprint falls right in the eye. The second device in normal black shines less. Therefore it is discreet and respondents for most colleagues also something more noble, but this is of course a matter of taste. Remained the other color options are silver, gold and rose gold.

iPhone 7: new camera, iPhone 7 plus: dual camera

Because the test units were only a few days available, we have this first report placed a focus on the most interesting innovation: the camera. For comparison we moved iPhone 6s and 6 s with previous models plus in the test.

All four iPhones work with 12-megapixel sensors, however that has 7 plus two for the first time, a lens with a longer focal length sits next to the first. It switches a button between “1” and “2 x” in the camera app by tapping on a front of the subject. At the same distance from a flat object the so-called tele around presents a quarter of the area or – in other words – it halved the angle. A digital SLR camera (including the Canon EOS 1000 d) correspond to about 22 and 55 mm focal lengths.

iPhone 7 with 7 megapixel front-facing camera

In the lenses of the 7-series models, Apple Aperture has raised (i.e. increases the light throughput) to f/1.8 and increases the number of lens elements from five to six. Both leads to slightly different – but not always better – results with possibly modified software. Plus have the pictures of the new iPhone 7 and 7 in bright surroundings minimally sharper, but a track paler and kontrastärmer. But this is whining at a very high level: the image quality at normal brightness moves still in good compact cameras, and at the front top end of smartphones. Samsung’s new, recently called back flagship Galaxy note 7 with also a 12-megapixel sensor makes something more colourful, sharper, and thus even more realistic photos, which are however and minimal blur towards the edges.

The 7 iPhones represent the colors in our test shots also correctly as the proportions (geometry). With moderate magnitude of 5 Lux (normally we illuminate the lab for test photos with 1000 lux) the camera swept, but are less than its predecessor. Details were still clearly visible and not guzzled down into the depths. In low light the sensor of the new iPhones by the way also later begins to noise than the Samsung Galaxy touch 7.

The “tele” at the iPhone 7 plus rushes due to the lower quantity of light by nature more. The auto focus in all four cameras emits a red light before throwing what interferes with schummeriger environment. The Flash now works with four LEDs and makes beautiful bright surroundings. For serious photographers, this is still only a stopgap measure. Apple wants to deliver a depth of field effect with feathered background for portraits via software update. While the images of the two sensors to one will be charged.

The front-facing camera now has a 7 instead of 5 megapixel sensor, not good but still serious photography: all details in more than five meters distance get so blurred and in the 1-to-1 representation pixelated. At close range, however – and this need for Selfies–significantly sharper works the front camera. Compared to the pictures with the predecessor iPhones the focus range has increased somewhat in particular in the middle distance. For Selfies the front camera (like the previous models) uses the screen as a lighting, then in the short term especially bright shining (“retina-Flash”).

The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 plus videos with the same resolution and refresh rate record similar to the 6 s. Maximum 30 frames per second are possible (fps) at 4 K at 1080 p, 60 fps. Full HD video at 60 fps look good sharpness and low distortion thanks to the high color fidelity, almost like professional material. You will notice a difference however when panning, where visible blur the contours of objects. It is 30 fps (in the ‘Photos and videos’ settings), intensified the effect.

The iPhone 7 has now also an optical image stabilizer, as reduced at full HD spins hitch arm movements or steps on a low level, as it also in the models 7 plus 6 s plus works. The stabilizers of all three models of jitters could however not quite catch in our test videos with 4 k resolution.

With the telephoto of the iPhones 7 plus you should shoot also not walking, because the camera movements more quickly blurring the image. This may be due to the long focal length, probably Apple has saved but the optical stabilizer is for the “tele”. This effect is intensified even when using the digital zoom software. The auto-focus and back a certain “pumps” caused by tightening the focus at any kind of camera movement (also at spins on tripod). He is not be deactivated. In 4K-Aufnahmen, we registered in addition occasional hitch. Videos the new iPhones are the Galaxy note 7 something superior, especially when panning. Here is the stabilizer of Samsung delayed and caused a slight retightening.

To determine the video quality of the four iPhones compared, we have it all together on a board strapped and at the same time to record a short movie from the hand in 1080 p. Then we have arranged side by side the four videos in a 4K-Movie, so that you can directly see the differences between of the cameras and especially the stabilizers. There is the film down added to download in 4 K (image stabilisers compared (4 K)) and full HD (image stabilizers in comparison (full HD)). Please note: the 4K-Video makes certain demands on the computer that plays it. You can see the differences only if it falters not.

The films can by as well as in photography Improvements through the 7-megapixel sensor are only for direct comparison.

Faster and more efficient processor in the iPhone 7

As a system on a chip (SoP) has replaced “A 10 fusion” the A-9. His CPU has for the first time on the iPhone four instead of two cores, with two central processing units first and foremost to save energy here: take with lesser demands on computing power complete the tasks of the processor, while the two main cores sleep set. Our run-time test “Wi-Fi surfing” pretty much covers it: main consumers is the display luminous with 200 candela constantly, while refreshing a text page from our Web server consumes little computing power. The (lack of time of us 20 per cent hochgerechneten high residual capacity) duration of 15.3 hours for both models have compared to the 6s (11,9 h) and plus (12,2 h) 6s dramatically improved. In contrast, the battery of the iPhone 7 at the 3D game lasted only slightly longer asphalt 8 5.4 hours than the 6 s (5.2 hours).

The processor performance has according to the Geekbench 4 on a core to a whopping 35 and 38 percent improved, the multi-core score 25 and 36 per cent (6 s 7 / 6 s plus 7 plus). The app reported that iPhone 7 2 GByte RAM for 7 plus but for the first time 3 GBytes, a CPU clock of 2.33 GHz for both. If the latter is true, it would be an enormous increase in the 1.8 GHz 6 s models.

The graphics chip Apple silent. The diagnostic tools we surveyed didn’t know the GPU also still.

Both iPhones were always fluently and quickly. No matter which application, we never had the impression that CPU or GPU would have thwarted us. This was also with 6s or 6s plus already.

iPhone 7 with lighter and bunterem display

The maximum display brightness measured by us joined the 4.7 inch iPhones from 496 to 506 and 5.5 inch models by 473 to 508 candela per square meter. Thus shine slightly brighter screens. Compared to the 6s and 6s plus worked the colors compared warmer, especially white appeared however with a slight brown tint. This occurred in the past but often times test equipment from the first series and can look quite different when a model from a different lot. Apple wants to have increased the color space from sRGB to DCI-P3 what we but still not could measure in the short of time. Overall the (unfortunately reflective) displays had a brilliant and strong color as before.

Vibrating Home button

Apple abandons a mechanical button for the first time on the iPhone. This will increase the life time and better seals the iPhones: you should dust – and splash-proof according to protection type IP67 be. You can dive among them so at times. We wanted to try that for understandable reasons with our rental equipment.

The home button is therefore not physically movable; You can not really push him. The stronger-looking vibrating engine replaced the click when you press by vibration: this effect enables the Taptic engine; Apple uses it now also for the tactile feedback of the home button – as well as for the display feedback of the Apple Watch. You can set the vibration intensity in three steps, what you already called upon when setting up the equipment. A click as such be felt at all three levels, the thickness is a matter of taste.

Lightning adapters and lightning-earphones

For the first time, iPhone stereo speakers used, which will turn into landscape mode come in one. An entire Office, you could effortlessly and with easy spatial sound pleasant sound. Obviously lacked the bass and the height schepperten at full volume, but the sound was really suitable for the size and a substantial increase over the mono speakers of the predecessor.

Also a first: on the iPhone there is no headphone jack more. Now the lightning connection is used to connect audio equipment via a cable. Besides EarPods with remote control, microphone and lightning plug an adapter of lightning to Miniplug is enclosed. [Update: they contain no digital to-analog converters according to Apple, but include analog audio via lightning port.] [Update end.] Standard headphones can be operated on with the adapter. One is plugged, you can the iPhones not charge or connect other peripherals. If you want that needs a dock or an adapter.

The EarPods itself have the same shape and the same sound as the previous, but Apple has saved the transport box made of plastic. The better and wireless AirPods come only in October on the market and costs 179 euros.

iPhone 7: storage facilities and prices

The iPhone 7 offers commendably Apple store with at least 32 GByte for 759 euros. 869 euro are due with the quadruple amount of memory and with the first available 256 GByte paying 979 euros. For plus models you paid 1009 or 1119 euros – so each 140 899, more. The version in diamond black is only with 128 or 256 GB Flash.

Conclusion to the iPhone 7: which is better, who needs it

Videos are the 6 s by a convincing image stabilizer superior iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 plus is ahead 6 s plus the second camera both and the, which really helps when photographing distant subjects. The A10 processor working load much faster and at lower also much more efficiently than the A9. However, even the 6 s iPhones were fast enough for most applications and games. The headphone jack fallen off is on the negative side, Apple has mitigated the consequences but by the included adapter and in our eyes, the waiver is bearable. Also, the iPhones could be so watertight – which is a significant gain.

Already plus an iPhone 6s or 6s need right now not to change, unless he has desperately waited not just on one of the new features. Who thinks about a new acquisition, but want to invest less money can also confidently access the predecessors, which has reduced Apple in the price to 90 euro and fitted with double storage facilities.

We could not find out more even in the short of time. Read a detailed test report with additional run-time values, graphic benchmarks, display measurements, LTE trials and many more details in Mac & i Bulletin 5/2016, from 6 October.


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