iFixit Teardown of iPhone SE Finds Same Display as iPhone 5s, Bigger Battery

Posted in Apple News, iPhone on 01/04/2016 by Chris Hauk

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While Chipworks may have given us the first peek into the new iPhone SE, the teardown most of us always anticipate is the iFixit teardown of any new device. iFixit didn’t disappoint, as they have posted their gutting of the new device, and it showed us a few things we didn’t know.

iFixit Teardown of iPhone SE Finds Same Display as iPhone 5s, Bigger Battery

First off, the display assembly uses the same components as the iPhone 5s. Everything from the display panel to the 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime camera is exactly the same as the iPhone 5s.

The Touch ID component is definitely the same first-generation piece of tech as used in the iPhone 5s, so don’t expect the speedy response time you’d get from the Touch ID sensor in an iPhone 6s/6s Plus.

iFixit Teardown of iPhone SE Finds Same Display as iPhone 5s, Bigger Battery

An x-ray view of the iPhone 5, 5s, and SE from Creative Electron

Other components the iPhone SE shares with the iPhone 5s include the speaker and vibration motor. The Lightning connector has minor changes, and the battery should perform slightly better, as it is a 1624mAh, compared to the 1560mAh found in the 5S.

iFixit Teardown of iPhone SE Finds Same Display as iPhone 5s, Bigger Battery

iFixit gives the new device a repairability rating of 6/10, (10 being easiest to repair), due to the following:

Good Points:

  • The display assembly is the first component out of the phone, simplifying screen replacements.
  • The battery is fairly easy to access, even though it’s not technically “user replaceable

Bad Points:

  • The Touch ID cable could be easily ripped out of its socket if a user is not careful when opening the phone.
  • The iPhone SE still uses Pentalobe screws on the exterior, making it difficult to open.

(Via 9to5Mac)


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