iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Our take on Apple’s latest and greatest

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More processing power

Apart from the new high-gloss finish and water-resistant rating, there are several other major changes under the hood of the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus utilize Apple’s most powerful processor ever — the A10 Fusion. It’s a 64-bit quad-core processor that’s 40 percent faster than the A9 in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Apple says it’s 120 times faster than the original iPhone. Although that’s hard to prove in a short test, we did notice that iOS 10 runs a bit smoother on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus than it does on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

The first two cores are for high-performance actions, and the remaining two are high-efficiency ones. Apple has designed a performance controller to determine which actions make use of either set of cores. For example, checking your email will most likely be powered by the high-efficiency cores, which is better for saving battery life.

The processor also improves the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ graphics — it’s 50 percent faster than the A9.

It’s hard to compare iPhones to Android phones when it comes to processing power because the iPhone doesn’t use the Qualcomm Snapdragon chips that most Android phones use. However, here are some benchmark results in Geekbench 4:

  • iPhone 7 Plus: 3,367 single core/5,491 multi-core
  • Samsung Galaxy S7: 1,869 single core/5,366 multi-core
  • LG G5: 1,672 single core/3,401 multi-core
  • Huawei P9: 1,823 single core/5,152 multi-core

The battery is also the best ever compared to previous iPhones. The Cupertino, California, company says the new iPhone 7 will last 2 hours more than the iPhone 6S, and the iPhone 7 Plus will add an additional hour over the iPhone 6S Plus. The battery does seem to last a couple hours longer on both iPhones. The iPhone 7 Plus can easily do a day and a half.

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