With the launch of the iPhone today, Josh, Matt and I got together to record some of our thoughts on the launch of the latest Apple devices, as well as the new Apple Watch Series 2. There has been some discussion online regarding the new A10 Fusion SoC, and what exactly those smaller cores are (or how they are being used), as well as new modems and how the company has removed the 3.5mm audio jack.  We found time to record a second podcast at the same time regarding a few other non-Apple devices, so stay tuned as we edit that and upload it soon!

The AnandTech Podcast #38: Smartphones Anonymous (iPhone)


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Total Time:  54 minutes 49 seconds

Outline mm:ss

00:00 - Start
00:39 - The Rush Hour of Apple Events
02:10 - Apple Watch Series 2
08:10 - Does Josh Like Smartwatches
12:32 - Apple iPhone and iPhone 7 Plus
 13:03 - SoC
 22:40 - Modems
 27:58 - No 3.5mm Jack
 33:09 - Benefits of no jack, Touch ID still present
 35:45 - Water resistance
 38:34 - Dual Cameras
 42:36 - High Color Gamut
 44:50 - Displays
 48:20 - Storage and Colors
 51:24 - Pricing
52:35 - Our Review Schedule         
54:49 - FIN

Related Reading

Apple Announces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus: A10 Fusion SoC, New Camera, Wide Color Gamut
Hands On with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Early iPhone 7 Teardowns: Intel & Qualcomm Modems, TSMC SoC, 2 to 3 GB of RAM


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  • Pissedoffyouth - Monday, September 19, 2016 - link

    Now that Andrei has left, do you still plan on doing a Snapdragon 820 deep dive?
  • tipoo - Friday, September 16, 2016 - link

    Word seems to be that it's a hard switchover between the cores, not HMP/allowing all cores on at once. Apple themselves said only two cores on at any one time, so like earlier big.LITTLE versions
  • halcyon - Saturday, September 17, 2016 - link

    > 33:09 - Benefits of no jack,

    There are no benefits.

    There are waterproof, bigger battery (smaller size) phones with 3.5mm jack. You could already plugin lightning connecting headphone with earlier (3.5mm containing phones). Now you lose: ability to lose 3.5mm headphone easily. Ability to listen and charge the phone. Have to drag the dongle that will break/get lost/reduce sound quality. Or buy an external battery pack that has 3.5mm output and lightning connector (Mophie, do you hear this?).

    The decision was stupid and I hope that it comes and bites Apple in the arse. All they are trying to do is to monetize their overpaid $3bn Beats purchase instead of writing down all the goodwill.
  • willis936 - Saturday, September 17, 2016 - link

    When I heard "maybe they're both wrong" he lost me completely. It's pretty clear that there is no benefit to removing the 3.5mm jack and is honestly a pretty draconian move. Yeah it's brave in the same way Trump encouraging people to exercise the 2nd ammendment on Hillary is brave.
  • BillBear - Saturday, September 17, 2016 - link

    Apple has a history of forcing the issue when they make this sort of change.

    For instance, Intel's USB standard existed before the iMac, but when Apple released the iMac with USB ports the earlier Apple Desktop Bus ports as well as serial ports were removed.
  • willis936 - Sunday, September 18, 2016 - link

    Yeah but apple doesn't have a say in this issue. They aren't the entirety of all consumer electronic industries and the rest of the world isnn't going to drop a cheaper and by all metrics better solution. This is an apple only solution.
  • Kolmogoro - Saturday, September 17, 2016 - link

    I am pretty sure that the additional ram in 7 plus is somehow related to Anand working there.
  • BillBear - Saturday, September 17, 2016 - link

    The rumor was that it was needed for the faux bokeh effect, when they combine images from both camera sensors.
  • syxbit - Saturday, September 17, 2016 - link

    Can you add your podcast to Google Play Music. It will be much easier to listen to on the go
  • Harry_Wild - Sunday, September 18, 2016 - link

    From a marketing standpoint - the term "retina" save Apple iPhone bacon time and time again! Who would of thought 750p in today's technology could triumph QHD resolution? Credit Apple marketing on this success. I think iPhone 4S had 720p and continued to the present! Still selling like crazy!

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