The iPhones 8 and 8 Plus are already among us! Although interest in the devices is relatively cooled with the prospect of the launch of the iPhone X next month, that hasn’t stopped many people from reaching the nearest Apple store (in the countries where the devices have arrived, of course) to guarantee one of the new devices – including two figures that you may have heard of: Rafael Fischmann and Eduardo Marques, who will soon post our unboxings and hands-on of the beauties.
Meanwhile, people at iFixit already managed to take the iPhone 8 home and take it apart until the last consequences. The verdict? Well, as expected, it hasn’t changed much in relation to the iPhone 7.
Apart from the visual differences – basically replacing the metal rear with the glass one – and the already mentioned battery reduction (which now has 1,821mAh, against 1,960mAh of the iPhone 7, although Apple promises the same duration in practice), the iPhone 8 has few differences from its predecessor. One of them, of course, is the component that allows the much-talked about wireless charging feature, which can clearly be seen in this X-ray image:
Another noteworthy change: a seal that covered the clips that hold the screen to the device’s chassis leaves the scene; this element was one of those responsible for the IP67 certificate of the iPhone 7, but now Apple seems to have found another more efficient way to insulate its new smartphone from liquids and dust.
In addition, it is interesting to note that Apple retired the proprietary three-pointed screws that held the display cable; Phillips universal screws are now used. In addition, we have some new internal cables for data and power distribution; and the Taptic Engine is secured in place by a slightly altered clip system.
Check out a small gallery of teardown:
Overall, however, the iPhone 8 is almost identical to its predecessor.
Concluding the experiment, iFixit gave the iPhone 8 a score of 6 out of 10 in its “repairability” index, considered average to good. The accolades were due to the ease of changing the two main components – the screen and the battery – and the addition of the wireless charging feature, which can reduce the wear and tear on the Lightning door. On the other hand, the company criticized the difficulty in replacing the rear glass panel and the excessive protection of the components in the lower portion of the phone, which makes everything very difficult to be replaced.
Update, for Priscila Klopper Sep 25, 2017 at 09:49
IFixit also dismantled a iPhone 8 Plus and, as expected, found a structure very similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus – but with the differences that were pointed out above, on the iPhone 8.
There is an unfortunate difference in the battery: while the 7 Plus has 3.82V, 2,900mAh and 11.1Wh, a smaller one was found in the 8 Plus (3.82V; 2.691mAh; 10.28Wh) – a reduction ratio similar to that occurred in the smaller sibling, 4.7 inches.