Today, we're taking apart Apple's 18th iteration—the iPhone X. With its rounded edges and edge-to-edge display, we're sure this is the iPhone Steve imagined all of those years ago—but now that his dream is realized, will it be as influential as the first? Time will tell, but for now we'll be doing our part to help you decide.
● Not one, but two battery cells. That's a first in an iPhone!
● Stacked logic board design
● The display lifts off and leaves the front-facing camera behind
● iPhone X motherboard is about 70% of the size of the iPhone 8 Plus board
● Apple APL1W72 A11 Bionic SoC layered over SK Hynix H9HKNNNDBMAUUR 3 GB LPDDR4x RAM
● Qualcomm MDM9655 Snapdragon X16 LTE modem
● This phone is packing a 10.35 Wh (2716 mAh at 3.81 V) battery
● TrueDepth Camera: the flood illuminator embedded in the display blasts your face with infrared (IR) light, front-facing camera, confirms the presence of a face, IR dot projector projects a grid of dots over your face to create a three-dimensional map, IR camera on the left reads this map, and sends the data to the phone.
Repairability Score: 6 out of 10
● Display and battery repairs remain a priority in the iPhone's design.
● A cracked display can be replaced without removing the biometric Face ID hardware.
● Liberal use of screws is preferable to glue—but you'll have to bring your Apple-specific drivers (Pentalobe and tri-point) in addition to a standard Phillips.
● Waterproofing measures complicate some repairs, but make difficult water damage repairs less likely.
● Fussy cables tie unrelated components together into complex assemblies—expensive and troublesome to replace.
● Glass on front and back doubles the likelihood of drop damage—and if the back glass breaks, you'll be removing every component and replacing the entire chassis.
Take a look at a few photos below and hit the link for the full teardown.