The iPhone 7: Physical Layout and Key Features

The iPhone 7 is Apple's latest flagship device. It's recently released along with the iPhone 7 Plus, a bigger version of this new iPhone. In terms of design, the iPhone 7 is not really that distinctive than Apple's prior iPhones. In fact, this new iPhone manifests a familiar phone design with some notable upgrades including a improved camera, battery, and water resistance, to name a few.



The very downside of this new iPhone is the absence of a headphone jack.


This content highlights the important physical features of the new iPhone 7 and how each of these components works.

1. Sleep/Wake button - this button is used to lock or unlock your iPhone's screen and to turn it on or off.
  • To lock/unlock the screen, simply press the Sleep/Wake button. 
  • To turn the phone on/off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.
2. Home button - this button is used to go back to the home screen by simply pressing on it. It is also used to view currently running apps by pressing the button twice. The Home button is also used to open or launch Siri or voice control by pressing and holding on it.

The Home button is also where the Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor is located.

3. Volume buttons - used to adjust media or call volume. Press volume up key to increase the volume and volume down to decrease volume.

4. Ring/Silent switch - this key is used to identify or put the iPhone in ring mode or silent mode. Just flip the Ring/Silent switch to toggle between these modes.
  • If ring mode is active, the iPhone plays all sounds.
  • If silent mode is active, the iPhone does not ring or play alerts and other sound effect but the phone may still vibrate.
5. iSight camera - it is found on the back ( upper-left corner) of the iPhone.

6. True Tone Flash - is also situated on the back ( upper-left corner) of the iPhone next to the rear microphone.

7. Rear microphone - is located on the back of the phone in-between the iSight camera and the True Tone Flash.

8. FaceTime camera - is located on the front of the iPhone. It is mainly used for taking selfies.

9. Receiver/front microphone - is found on the bottom-left part of the iPhone.

10. SIM card tray -is located on the bottom of the phone. The iPhone 7 uses a nano-SIM card.

11. Lightning connector - is found on the bottom of the phone.

12. Speakers - they are also located on the bottom of the device.

13. Home app - it is a new tool used to let your iOS device connect the products you use in your home. With this app, you will be able to privately and securely control and monitor any of these products, automate them, and make them work simultaneously.


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