Disassembling the iPhone XR

Disassembly of the iPhone XR: a hybrid of models with new features

As it traditionally does, the repair firm iFixit put your hands on iPhone XR to dismantle the device and show its construction in all its glory. Shall we take a look at everything?

Disassembling the iPhone XR

Disassembling the iPhone XR

Disassembling the iPhone XR

Before starting to see the insides of the iPhone XR itself, iFixit placed it next to the XS to compare three interesting details: the bottom design, the edge of the OLED screen vs. LCD and the bulge of the rear cameras.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

Above, here’s an X-ray of the device.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

The opening process is practically the same, involving Pentalobe screws on the Lightning door and suction cups to help pull the screen.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

At first glance, iFixit stated that the XR looks more like a hybrid between the iPhone 8 and the X due to the battery and the rectangular logic board.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

Newly we have a modular SIM card tray, something new in the iPhone. What does that mean? That if the part fails, it will be possible to change the component quickly without having to replace the entire logic board!

Disassembling the iPhone XR

On the logic board itself we have the SoC A12 Bionic, 3GB LPDDR4x SDRAM, a Bluetooth / Wi-Fi module (Apple / USI 339S00580), an NFC controller (NXP 100VB27), audio amplifiers (3x Apple 338S00411), an amplifier module power (Skyworks 203-15 G67407 1838) and more.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR does not have the 3D Touch feature but, like all others, it has a Taptic Engine that is responsible for everything that involves vibration on the device (including the Haptic Touch feature, which basically came to take the place of the 3D Touch in this model ).

Disassembling the iPhone XR

The battery has four adhesive tabs that make removing it much simpler and easier.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

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, doesn’t it? But the frontal look is deceiving, since it is thicker.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

Here is the rear camera of the XR, exactly like the wide-angle module that we have on the XS and XS Max iPhones.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

Speaking of screen, the XR Liquid Retina is 0.3 ″ larger than the XS OLED, but it is also thicker and heavier. The need for a backlight will always make the LCD screen a thicker structure – and, according to iFixit, this is exactly what caused the Lightning door to be decentralized at the bottom of the device.

Disassembling the iPhone XR

Conclusion: here we have a mixture of iPhone 8 structures (rectangular battery, single layer logic board) with iPhone X (square logic board and Face ID), making it – at least internally speaking – an “iPhone 9”. Still, it brings very new things like the A12 Bionic processor and Apple’s first modular SIM card reader.

Because of this, iFixit gave a score of 6/10 in terms of “repairability”, highlighting as positive points: the easy opening of the structure, stickers that facilitate the removal of the battery and the possibility to change the screen without having to touch the Face ID. On the negative side, we have the use of Pentalobe and three-point screws (although 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 rear (easy to break material).

Anyone who wants can also check out a video of the entire process above.