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Apple is pretty good at documenting the hardware differences between iPhone models such as the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

However, I know there are software differences as well that don't seem to be documented. When making my decision to purchase one over the other, I want to consider these differences as well.

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One key 'software' difference is the soft-focus capability of the 7 Plus, using the dual camera setup to create an artificial depth of field in portrait photography.

See Two cameras in iPhone 7 Plus allow synthetic zoom, soft-focus backgrounds, usually only obtainable using wide aperture lenses with short depth of field.

Though it requires the dual 28/56mm lenses to make this possible, the actual blur, or bokeh effect is done entirely in software.

This feature alone is what would sway me to the 7 Plus; I've always hated the lenses on mobile phones.

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iPhone X Plus vs. iPhone X features:

  • Horizontal rotation on home screen, which can speed up folder browsing.
  • Uses regular horizontal size class when device is rotated to landscape orientation. This allows apps such as Notes to display the list of notes on the left hand side and the note details on the right-hand side in a split pane view.

iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 7 features:

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