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Ten years after the first real smartphone from Apple, the iPhone X recently hit the market. For the first time at the Apple September Keynote 2017 presented, it is now in the hands of users, testers and people who want to take the device apart and check whether it can be repaired - such as those from iFixit. The iPhone X teardown, which reveals the inner workings of the Apple smartphone, the chips, circuit boards, cables, cameras and other built-in elements, I have summarized for you in this post. Among other things, the double mainboard / logic board is surprising.
In 23 steps, iFixit shows you how to disassemble and repair iPhone X. It is shown that this Apple smartphone can also be opened to the side, just as it has been known since the Apple iPhone 7. However, there are also some innovations, for example the two-cell battery, which takes up the majority of the interior, the two-layer logic board, which provides space-saving performance, the complete hardware behind the Face ID feature (infrared camera, infrared sensor, front camera , etc.) and so on. The coil for wireless charging has also been new for the iPhone 2017, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in 8.
For the iPhone X teardown from iFixit, there is of course not only the version with images and text, but also one with moving images and sound. So if you'd rather see a video in which the Apple smartphone is being taken apart, have a look here:
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On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being “easiest to repair”, the new Apple flagship got a 6. Display and battery repairs or exchanges are easily possible with a little specialist knowledge. In addition, the Display without having to replace the Face ID hardware as well - a big plus! The use of screws instead of glue was seen neutrally, but many special screws (tri-point, pentalobe) were used. The splash protection, which prevents water damage, but also requires more effort when opening the iPhone X, is also neutral.
iFixit criticizes Apple's new smartphone for the fact that many cables do not connect chips, boards and elements that are not built directly next to each other, which creates complex assemblies. Their repair or replacement is cumbersome and expensive. The final point of iFixit's iPhone X teardown is the note that glass on the front and back naturally makes the smartphone prone to drop damage. So my tip: use a case for the iPhone X! By the way, you can find the entire iFixit article with all 23 points of the teardown auf dieser seite.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.