iFixit teardown reveals precisely what changed the iPhone 7’s headset port

As it does every year, device repair site iFixit is putting all of Apple’s new devices through the teardown process. This year, the site is tearing down the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch 2. As usual, Apple leaves some details regarding the internals of its new devices a secret, but iFixit is able to figure out some of those secrets with its teardowns…

In its iPhone 7 Plus teardown, iFixit notes of the similar teardown process to previous iPhone models. The classic Pentalobe screens are still there, while there are still two now-familiar screws guard each side of the Lightning connector. One interesting tidbit is that the iPhone 7 Plus opens to the side when you remove the display, as seen below. This change, iFixit notes, is likely related to the new water resistance feature.

Regarding the headphone jack removal, the Taptic Engine is taking up the majority of the space where the connectivity was housed, but interestingly there’s a simple plastic bumper where the actual cutout used to be. This suggests that, while the Taptic Engine was part of the reason for Apple to remove the headphone jack, the ability to make the iPhone water resistant was likely equally important.

As far as the battery goes, the iPhone 7 Plus features a slightly larger battery than its predecessor. The iPhone 6 Plus featured a 2750mAh battery, while this year’s model features a 2915mAh battery.

For the Apple Watch, iFixit has just started its teardown so there’s not much to see yet. iFixit has also not yet started its teardown

We’ll continue to update this post as the teardown process progresses. In the meantime, check out a few images from the process below.

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