Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max’ teardown reveals minimal hardware changes

“The glass construction at the back of the iPhone duo means that even a small crack will require major repairs”

Apple’s latest iPhone XS and XS Max started shipping to eager customers yesterday across a number of countries. This also means that we can now see a full teardown of the two ultra-premium devices from iFixit. The folks at iFixit have been regularly performing biopsies on new iPhones since long, and here’s what they found out inside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

iFixit teardown

As one can deduce, the new iPhones don’t come with a huge change in terms of design, which means that the innards are very identically laid out like their predecessor, iPhone X (review). The big change however, is in the battery. So, while the iPhone X had two battery cells, the iPhone XS has a single L-shaped battery with a capacity of 2,659mAh. However, the iPhone XS Max keeps the two-cell structure, though packs the biggest battery capacity in an iPhone yet — 3,179mAh. 

One more curious conclusion from the teardown is that there was no added material for the IP68 certification that was announced for the new iPhones, as compared to the IP67 rating for the last year’s iPhone X. These are the biggest changes and there were some small tweaks as well that the repair outfit reported. Two of them being the antenna lines at the bottom of the XS and also the camera bump being a bit bigger and prominent. 

iFixit teardown iPhone XS and XS Max

iFixit also noted that the use of glass both on the front and rear will cost you a lot as even the tiniest of cracks will make you replace the whole chassis of the phone. So, you better put a case on the smartphone as a protective measure. 

Related read: Top 5 features of the Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS and XS Max are also now up for pre-orders in India, and will be going on sale from September 28th.

Apple iPhone XS Specifications
Hexa Core (2.49 GHz, Dual Core + 1.52 GHz, Quad core)
Apple A12 Bionic
5.8 inches (14.73 cm)
1125x2436 px, 463 PPI
12 MP + 12 MP Dual Primary Cameras
Quad LED True Tone Flash
7 MP Front Camera
2658 mAh
Fast Charging
Apple iPhone XS Price View All
Rs. 54,999.00
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Rs. 58,999.00
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Apple iPhone XS Video

Abdul can be tagged as a true blue smartphone enthusiast. As part of his professional career, he has contributed to a number of tech blogs such as GizChina, MySmartPrice, MrPhone, and others. He keeps an eye on the Chinese social media as well to catch hot leaks. Occasionally, he can be found invading villages in Clash of Clans. For the rest of the time, he's mostly searching for the best burgers and pizzas in town.
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