We're here at Circuitwise headquarters in Sydney, Australia, bringing you the iPhone 8 teardown as early as you can get it. Time to find out if Apple's playing a game of mere numerical catch-up to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 line, or if glass backing and wireless charging warrants skipping ahead a grade.
● Model A1863.
● Battery: 3.82 V, 1821 mAh cell will deliver up to 6.96 Wh of power.
● Qualcomm MDM9655 Snapdragon X16 LTE modem
● Apple-branded, Qi-enabled wireless charging coil
● Broadcom 59355—Likely an iteration of BCM59350 wireless charging IC
Repairability Score: 6 out of 10
● The two most commonly replaced components, display and battery, remain straightforward to access with the proper knowledge and tools.
● The addition of wireless charging means less strain on your Lightning port, a common point of failure.
● Water and dust seals complicate repair, but make the need for difficult liquid damage repairs less likely.
● The battery connector once again sports common Phillips/JIS fasteners—but you’ll still need up to four different driver types for many repairs.
● The durability of the glass back remains to be seen—but replacements are likely to be very difficult.
● The iPhone’s lower components, once readily removed, now lie trapped under a fussy combination of brackets and delicately folded flex cables.
Take a look at a few photos below or hit the link for the full teardown.