As it has traditionally done, the repair firm iFixit put his hands on iPhone XR to disassemble the apparatus and show its construction in all its glory. Let's have a look at everything?
Before starting to see the bowels of the iPhone XR itself, iFixit placed it next to the XS to compare three interesting details: the bottom design, the OLED screen edge vs. LCD and the bulge of the rear cameras.
Above is an x-ray of the device.
The opening process is pretty much the same, involving Pentalobe screws in the Lightning port and suction cups to help pull the screen.
At first glance, iFixit said the XR looks more like a hybrid between the iPhone 8 and X because of the battery and the rectangular logic board.
New we have a modular SIM card tray, something stated on the iPhone. What does that mean? That if the part fails, it is possible to make a quick change of the component without having to replace the entire logic board!
On the logic board itself we have the Bionic SoC A12, 3GB LPDDR4x SDRAM, a Bluetooth / Wi-Fi module (Apple / USI 339S00580), an NFC controller (NXP 100VB27), an audio amplifier (3x Apple 338S00411), a power (Skyworks 203-15 G67407 1838) and more.
The iPhone XR does not have the 3D Touch feature but, like everyone else, it features a Taptic Engine that is responsible for everything that involves vibration in the device (including Haptic Touch, which has basically come to take the place of 3D Touch in this model) .
The battery already has four adhesive tabs that make removing it much simpler and easier.
From left to right we have the following batteries: iPhone 8 (6.96Wh), iPhone XR (11.16Wh), iPhone 8 Plus (10.28Wh) and iPhone XS (10.13Wh). It looks smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus, no? But the frontal look is deceiving since it is thicker.
Here's the XR's rear camera, exactly the same as the wide-angle module we have on the XS and XS Max iPhones.
Speaking of screen, the XR Liquid Retina 0.3 ? is larger than the XS OLED, but also thicker and heavier. The need for backlighting will always make the LCD screen a thicker structure and, according to iFixit, that is exactly why the Lightning port has become decentralized at the bottom of the device.
Conclusion: Here we have a mix of iPhone 8 (rectangular battery, single layer logic board) and iPhone X (square logic board and Face ID) structures, making it at least internally speaking an ?iPhone 9?. Still, it has some very new things like the A12 Bionic processor and Apple's first modular SIM card reader.
Because of this, iFixit gave a grade of 6/10 in the item ?repairability?, highlighting as positive points: the easy opening of the frame, stickers that facilitate the removal of the battery and the possibility of changing the screen without having to change the Face ID. On the downside, we have the use of Pentalobe and three-point screws (though all this is better than using adhesives or glues), the ?waterproofing? process (which complicates some repairs) and the fact that it is built using glass. on the front and back (easy to break material).
Whoever wants, can still check up a video of the whole process.