iFixit teardown: What’s in your iPhone X

iFixit, popularly known as a global community of people helping each other repair stuff, recently teared down the $1000 iPhone X. Unlike the iPhone 8 flagship, the teardown revealed a whole new change in which Apple made the iPhone X. The teardown exposed the components that make the iPhone X a mystery, and it was discovered that the iPhone packs dual battery cells. If you were wondering what’s inside your iPhone X, now you don’t have to mess with it, iFixit has done it for you, and we’ll see what Apples’ 10th-anniversary phone is made of.

Before we look at the teardown, here are some components to expect inside the iPhone X glass sandwich. From Apple Event that showcased the anniversary phone, Apple revealed the iPhone X has the powerful A11 “Bionic” chip bundled with the neural engine and an embedded M11 motion coprocessor. On the front panel; an OLED multitouch 5.8 inches “all-screen” Super Retina HD display with 2436 × 1125-pixel resolution and a Face ID coupled with 7 MP True Depth camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture and supports 1080p HD video recording. The back panel has the Dual vertical 12 MP cameras (wide-angle and telephoto) with ƒ/1.8 and ƒ/2.4 apertures, OIS and also support for Qi wireless charging. Apart from the processor, the inside has many chips including the has broad cellular band support and other chips for wireless capabilities such as 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi w/MIMO + Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC.

iFixit sad the teardown had some surprises they didn’t expect; such as the two battery cells which are the first in an iPhone. Although the batteries don’t offer much capacity, it was all a matter of design. The two batteries occupy a small space and hence creating more space in which Apple used to fit other more components – creative shapes and placements. Regarding space and more surprises, the phone also has a double stacked shrunk motherboard. Another look at the logic board revealed that the board appears to be a fold on which one side is soldered onto the other. This design is also the first to be seen on an iPhone.

“iPhone X components” Source:iFixit

The teardown also didn’t forget the system that the Face ID is made up of. At the teardown, a number of sensors and components were also explained. The identification starts with the embedded flood illuminator which blasts infrared (IR) light onto your face. Next, the camera confirms the presence of a face, and then an IR dot projector creates a 3-D map of your face via a dot matrix grid. After all these, another IR camera reads the 3-D map and sends the data to the bionic chip for interpretation.

“Face ID Recognition System” Source:iFixit

During the teardown, iFixit noted that a cracked display could be replaced easily without even removing the face ID components. But a broken back glass will require a replacement of the entire chassis. Check out how to protect your iPhone X in “ways to protect your iPhone X” on our blog. iFixit also noted Apple used a design, the first of its kind to fit smaller components in a compact space. The overall repairability score of the iPhone X is 6/10. Easier to repair than the Galaxy Note 8. You can check out how the teardown went down here!