iPhone X Teardown Shows Two Batteries, Two Logic Boards and a Whole Lot of Glass at the Front and Back
The iPhone X is not just different when you take a gander at its exterior, but also different from the inside, as an iFixit teardown reveals a lot of things that have changed as it showed off the innards of the flagship.
iPhone X Dual-Battery Design Was More About Saving Space in a Very Creative Manner, Teardown Reveals
Apple’s employed talent has a high level of creativity and is able to pack in new features in the very slim form factor of the iPhone X. The teardown performed by iFixit reveals very unique features, such as two batteries instead of a single rectangular cell. Despite the iPhone 8 Plus being bigger in size, it is the iPhone X that sports a bigger battery capacity.
This decision was taken because it allows Apple to take advantage of more space within the dimensions of the smartphone. iFixit also notes that the logic board has reduced in size by a huge margin, with the motherboard being 70 percent the size of the iPhone 8 Plus.
Apple was able to fit more tech into that smaller space by folding the board in half and soldering them together afterward. In short, the iPhone X is the first iPhone to feature a double-stacked board design, and it will not be surprising if other manufacturers take note of what Apple did with the iPhone X.
Thanks to some key decisions taken by Apple, there are more components present in the smartphone, allowing the phone to tout better features. However, with the aluminum and glass back, you will have to exercise more caution with the flagship. Though the cracked display can be replaced without removing any of the Face ID components, you’ll be having a tough time with the glass back if it breaks.
In total, the iPhone X gets a repairability score of 6 out of 10, making it easier to repair than its biggest rival in the smartphone industry, the Galaxy Note 8 (4 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.
What do you think of the decisions Apple has taken in making this phone possible?