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The rumor mill has been hard at work surrounding the iPhone 11 Pro Max release, and we’re hard at work to put these rumors to rest. How much RAM is there? What’s with that bilateral charging? How did Apple boost the battery life? Join us for a teardown, as we tackle these questions and dive into this mystery of a phone!

PSBTW if you’re looking for the lowdown on the standard 6.1” iPhone 11, we covered that here.

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Este teardown (desmontagem analítica) não é um guia de reparo. Para reparar seu/sua iPhone 11 Pro Max, use o nosso manual de serviço.

  1. Rumors abound—but going into this teardown we only know one thing for sure, and that's these six things: A13 Bionic SoC with a third-generation Neural Engine 6.5” (2688 × 1242) 458 ppi Super Retina XDR OLED display with True Tone and HDR (no 3D Touch)
    • Rumors abound—but going into this teardown we only know one thing for sure, and that's these six things:

    • A13 Bionic SoC with a third-generation Neural Engine

    • 6.5” (2688 × 1242) 458 ppi Super Retina XDR OLED display with True Tone and HDR (no 3D Touch)

    • Triple 12 MP rear cameras (ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto), and 12 MP selfie camera paired with TrueDepth FaceID hardware

    • 64 GB of onboard storage (256 GB and 512 GB optional)

    • Gigabit-class LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC

    • IP68 rating

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    jpariz2 - Responder

    I know it what’s everybody has been talking about but the real ram specs of the new phones

    Denny Hane - Responder

    It was disclosed at being 4 GB across all three phones on macrumors.com

    Dan -

    No Live stream?

    Tom Jackson - Responder

    Whew! 4GB of RAM! Next thing you know they’ll be able to write to a 4GB microSD!

    melvin.schultz10 - Responder

    You want a floppy disk drive and parallel printer port too?

    Alex Bowden -

  2. Before getting too far, we ask our friends at Creative Electron for a little help. Wielding the power of X-rays, they give us a sneak peek of what lies ahead. Lined up for your viewing pleasure (from left to right) are the iPhones XR, XS Max, and 11 Pro Max. Our see-through preview leaves us with some initial impressions:
    • Before getting too far, we ask our friends at Creative Electron for a little help. Wielding the power of X-rays, they give us a sneak peek of what lies ahead.

    • Lined up for your viewing pleasure (from left to right) are the iPhones XR, XS Max, and 11 Pro Max.

    • Our see-through preview leaves us with some initial impressions:

    • The battery in the 11 Pro Max looks to be the same single-cell design that we saw last year in the iPhone XS but this marks the first inclusion in a Max phone.

    • Apple appears to have shaved down the logic board yet again, almost certainly to make room for that huge three-camera array.

    • Last but not least, it looks like there might be a mysterious new board sitting below the battery.

    • Could this be related to the rumored bilateral wireless charging?

    Blah blah blah. How much ram does it have???

    jack.frost_1 - Responder

    Jack - The RAM has been disclosed as 4GB of RAM across all three phones a few days ago on macrumors.com

    Dan - Responder

  3. This year's iPhone adds a little extra material around the middle, and a lot around the cameras. Camera "bump" doesn't quite seem adequate anymore ... "mesa" maybe? At least this iPhone's camera plateau has ramped edges that blend it with the back of the phone a little better.
    • This year's iPhone adds a little extra material around the middle, and a lot around the cameras.

    • Camera "bump" doesn't quite seem adequate anymore ... "mesa" maybe?

    • At least this iPhone's camera plateau has ramped edges that blend it with the back of the phone a little better.

    • And most importantly, our phone came in Apple's latest color: Boba Midnight green.

    • Two last things to note here before we dig in to this green machine: a newly-centered Apple logo, and a new model number tucked away in the SIM tray, A2161.

    # apple logo position

    1. design ballance

    2. apple logo of wireless charging position

    lucas - Responder

    • Fancy new iPhone, same old opening procedure—with a twist!

    • This year we pull our fixed-bladed P2 driver from the new iPhone-specific Marlin set to free a pair of pentalobes.

    • Then the iSclack and an opening pick move in to handle the rest, and we can start to lift the display.

    • Despite being Apple's "most water-resistant iPhone ever", the adhesive around the display feels similar to last year's phones. So too the pentalobe-based gasketing of yore.

    No adhesive seal/gule?

    10djl06f504.kaya - Responder

    There’s a mistake in the German translation here due to the word choice. The ”twist” is literal if I am correct, so the German should read “mit einer Drehung” (with a turn), not “mit einer kleinen Neuerung” (with a small change).

    zunivolo - Responder

  4. Time to get our first glimpse inside this Professional Maximum iPhone complete with monstrous L-shaped battery—with two battery connectors? Now that's new. There could be a number of reasons for this extra cable to exist, but bilateral charging is certainly one of them. Some testing yielded the following results:
    • Time to get our first glimpse inside this Professional Maximum iPhone complete with monstrous L-shaped battery—with two battery connectors? Now that's new.

    • There could be a number of reasons for this extra cable to exist, but bilateral charging is certainly one of them.

    • Some testing yielded the following results:

    • The phone will function without the charging-port-end connected (reconnecting it threw a temporary temperature warning for us).

    • While that lower cable is disconnected, the phone will charge via the Lightning port, but not the wireless charging coil.

    • When we disconnected the "main" cable that goes directly to the logic board, the phone shut down as normal and would not boot, even with the other cable connected.

    no chance you guys could add a a non angled shot here? maybe you took one, but for some reason didn’t publish it?

    Suchir Kavi - Responder

    If you are looking for something to use as a wallpaper, stay tuned!

    Arthur Shi -

    I mean, I actually just like using the shots for easy comparison across devices.

    Suchir Kavi - Responder

  5. Smartphone makers have increasingly focused on software magic to improve image quality, so it may come as a surprise that Apple worked so hard on camera hardware this year. The biggest upgrade is the new ultra-wide angle sensor/lens, but standard wide-angle and telephoto lenses also get a boost to their ISO range and shutter speed. Even the front-facing camera gets a small resolution boost.
    • Smartphone makers have increasingly focused on software magic to improve image quality, so it may come as a surprise that Apple worked so hard on camera hardware this year.

    • The biggest upgrade is the new ultra-wide angle sensor/lens, but standard wide-angle and telephoto lenses also get a boost to their ISO range and shutter speed. Even the front-facing camera gets a small resolution boost.

    • For all the gritty details on the cameras, check out Halide's write-up.

    • The FaceID sensor array also sees some beneficial changes here: the front-facing camera is now 12 MP— up from 7—and its cables are no longer trapped under the battery, so removal is quicker and easier than ever!

  6. The "eyes" have it! Three of 'em! Plus a flash and a microphone hole. Diving a little deeper, we find the cameras are nestled together, each with their own independent cable. The X-rays reveal few surprises—the dark bars are evidence of OIS, and the tiny spots seem to match last years components, so no dedicated RAM chips here ... probably.
    • The "eyes" have it! Three of 'em! Plus a flash and a microphone hole.

    • Diving a little deeper, we find the cameras are nestled together, each with their own independent cable.

    • The X-rays reveal few surprises—the dark bars are evidence of OIS, and the tiny spots seem to match last years components, so no dedicated RAM chips here ... probably.

    • You didn't think we'd leave it at that though, did you? Of course we're taking a deeper look—stay tuned!

    • The iPhone Marlin driver set still has our back, helping us free the final standoffs securing the oddly squarish logic board.

    • Shrinking from a distinctly Idaho silhouette in the iPhone XS to something more Colorado in the iPhone 11 Pro Max, this new board is dense!

    • Are you seeing double? Don't worry, so are we! The iPhone 11 Pro Max board is identical in construction to the one in the iPhone 11 Pro!

    • Could they really be the same board? We'll keep you posted ...

    So both board numbers are 820-01682-08? now thats strange!

    Jay - Responder

    Rewa ha confirmado que son las mismas!! Solo cambia una resistencia debajo del procesador, quitando esa resistencia puedes conectar la pantalla del 11 pro Max al 11 pro, restauras y funciona correctamente!!

    En el vídeo se ve claramente https://youtu.be/OnSIVtVhX_0

    David Simón López - Responder

  7. New shape, same dual-layer design and separation procedure. With a whole lot of concentrated heat and just a little prying, the top board peels off of the interconnect board. We get a glimpse of the lauded A13 processor, plus a ton of other silicon bits jammed onto these tiny boards.
    • New shape, same dual-layer design and separation procedure.

    • With a whole lot of concentrated heat and just a little prying, the top board peels off of the interconnect board.

    • We get a glimpse of the lauded A13 processor, plus a ton of other silicon bits jammed onto these tiny boards.

    What’s with all the metal dots around the edge? Is there graphite sheet material on the opposite side of the Top board where A13 is? Seems A13 chip is pointing inward to the air cavity of the thin box shape. Bottom side has graphite across entire of surface. Is there a way it transfers heat from the rectangle on the top side for the first photo. Presume the casing of the logic board may double as heat transfer too?

    Tom Tubbs - Responder

    Probably how the top board communicates with the bottom, the dots being conductive pads. These touch conductors in the middle separator and lets the current travel through to the bottom.

    paul -

    Crazy how compact the board is! Next apple will remove the SIM card

    Paul Richard - Responder

    The metal dots are the filled/plated over vias that connect the logic board and RF board through the thick interposer between them.

    Karl - Responder

  8. We put on our best chip detector specs and go to work. Here's what we can identify so far: Apple APL1W85 A13 Bionic SoC layered over SK Hynix H9HKNNNCRMMVDR-NEH LPDDR4X (seemingly 4 GB, but SK Hynix needs to update their decoder)
    • We put on our best chip detector specs and go to work. Here's what we can identify so far:

    • Apple APL1W85 A13 Bionic SoC layered over SK Hynix H9HKNNNCRMMVDR-NEH LPDDR4X (seemingly 4 GB, but SK Hynix needs to update their decoder)

    • Apple APL1092 343S00355 PMIC

    • Cirrus Logic 338S00509 audio codec

    • Unmarked USI module—teardown update: it turns out that this is where Apple's new U1 ultra-wideband chip is hiding. Read all about it about it in our blog post.

    • Avago 8100 Mid/High band PAMiD

    • Skyworks 78221-17 low-band PAMiD

    • STMicrolectronics STB601A0N power management IC

    H9HKNNNCRMMVDR-NEH, leggendo lo schema di SK Hynix, è un LPDDR4X, non una LPDDR4.

    Velocità DDR4 da 4266 Mbps!

    Gioser - Responder

  9. More chips than you can shake a stick at, but we're shaking as fast as we can. Here's the RF board: Apple/USI 339S00648 WiFi/Bluetooth SoC Intel X927YD2Q (likely XMM7660) modem
    • More chips than you can shake a stick at, but we're shaking as fast as we can. Here's the RF board:

    • Apple/USI 339S00648 WiFi/Bluetooth SoC

    • Intel X927YD2Q (likely XMM7660) modem

    • Intel 5765 P10 A15 08B13 H1925 transceiver

    • Skyworks 78223-17 PAM

    • 81013 - Qorvo Envelope Tracking

    • Skyworks 13797-19 DRx

    • Intel 6840 P10 409 H1924 baseband PMIC

    What is the big silver thing in the top right corner?

    Robert Stein - Responder

    The SIM reader!

    Sam Goldheart -

    No wonder they keep making them smaller! That’s a lot of real estate.

    Robert Stein - Responder

    Is the wifi chip still Broadcom in Apple SoC?

    gwiyeomlin - Responder

    No eSIM chip ?!

    Noko - Responder

    it is ST33G1M2 from STMicroelectronics. On the PCB board, it is next to intel PMIC.

    JJ Wu -

    “Intel X927YD2Q modem”

    Apple X927YD2Q modem surely?

    Alex Bowden - Responder

    Does anybody know what SKY78223-17 is?

    Zhiguo Lai - Responder

    Software reverse engineer here: I can confirm that the X927YD2Q chip is a Intel XMM7660 (it’s ARM again after the XS was x86).

    Brinly T - Responder

  10. Last but not least, top side we find: Toshiba TSB 4226VE9461CHNA1 1927 64 GB flash storage YY NEC 9M9 (likely accel/gyro)
    • Last but not least, top side we find:

    • Toshiba TSB 4226VE9461CHNA1 1927 64 GB flash storage

    • YY NEC 9M9 (likely accel/gyro)

    • In addition to all these chips, we tease apart several layers of graphite thermal transfer material backing the RF board.

    • Apple says its improved thermal design gives these iPhone Pros the "best sustained performance ever in an iPhone." That's accomplished by pulling heat from the logic board straight through several layers of graphite where it dissipates into the rear case.

    • This may not seem as fancy as the liquid cooling systems we've seen in some Android phones, but it certainly must be enough to keep the super-efficient A13 cool, while not interfering with any signals traveling to or from the RF board that it clings to.

    Inaccurately demolished capacitors and shifted the chip

    Иван Батищев - Responder

  11. Turning to the battery, we're pleasantly surprised to find some relatively repair-friendly features. The only thing standing in our way is the Taptic Engine—with that out, a few extra-wide (and more durable!) stretch-release adhesive strips are all that secure the battery. This relatively simple process reminds us more of the iPhone 6 than any more recent phones.
    • Turning to the battery, we're pleasantly surprised to find some relatively repair-friendly features.

    • The only thing standing in our way is the Taptic Engine—with that out, a few extra-wide (and more durable!) stretch-release adhesive strips are all that secure the battery.

    • This relatively simple process reminds us more of the iPhone 6 than any more recent phones.

    • Adhesive strips stretched away, the battery lifts free from its iPhone.

  12. Looks like this year at Apple, big is in. The iPhone 11 Pro Max's powerhouse pumps out 3969 mAh at 3.79 V, for a total of 15.04 Wh. That's a whopping 2.96 Wh more than the XS Max battery, and 1.52 Wh less than the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G battery. Where does this massive power come from? It's 4.6 mm thick, has a volume of 23.8 cm³, and weighs in at 59.6 g. Compared to the XS Max, that's 0.7 mm thicker, 4.2 cm³ larger by volume, and 13 g heavier. We were suspicious when Apple alluded that the new A13 chip and PMU alone were responsible for the extra five hours (five hours!) of battery life. Turns out you can just make a phone a little thicker for massive battery life gains. Who would have guessed?
    • Looks like this year at Apple, big is in. The iPhone 11 Pro Max's powerhouse pumps out 3969 mAh at 3.79 V, for a total of 15.04 Wh. That's a whopping 2.96 Wh more than the XS Max battery, and 1.52 Wh less than the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G battery.

    • Where does this massive power come from? It's 4.6 mm thick, has a volume of 23.8 cm³, and weighs in at 59.6 g. Compared to the XS Max, that's 0.7 mm thicker, 4.2 cm³ larger by volume, and 13 g heavier.

    • We were suspicious when Apple alluded that the new A13 chip and PMU alone were responsible for the extra five hours (five hours!) of battery life. Turns out you can just make a phone a little thicker for massive battery life gains. Who would have guessed?

    • We saw this same single-cell, L-shaped design last year in the iPhone XS, where we learned about the complexities of internal corners and thermal expansion in battery design.

    I’m so proud of you apple, I knew you could do it

    Andy Miller - Responder

  13. That mystery board that we spotted in the X-ray below the battery serves (in part anyway) as an interconnect for the battery, wireless charging coil, and Taptic Engine. So we have a secondary battery connector for the first time ever in an iPhone, plugging in directly adjacent to the wireless charging coil. We're not sure what Apple was up to here. Apple did post a new support document today, stating that iPhone 11 Pro contains new hardware for monitoring and managing battery performance. So maybe that's all this is, and it just looks suspiciously like bilateral charging hardware.
    • That mystery board that we spotted in the X-ray below the battery serves (in part anyway) as an interconnect for the battery, wireless charging coil, and Taptic Engine.

    • So we have a secondary battery connector for the first time ever in an iPhone, plugging in directly adjacent to the wireless charging coil. We're not sure what Apple was up to here.

    • Apple did post a new support document today, stating that iPhone 11 Pro contains new hardware for monitoring and managing battery performance. So maybe that's all this is, and it just looks suspiciously like bilateral charging hardware.

    • We pop out what appears to be a new barometric sensor design complete with ingress proofing o-ring.

    • All the components at this end of the phone are stuck to the frame with what seems to be a slightly goopier, stickier adhesive than the foamy stuff we remember from last year. Best guess, it's more waterproof that way.

  14. Let's crack open that mysterious interconnect board and take a look at some of the chips inside: STMicroelectronics STPMB0 929AGK HQHQ96 153915
    • Let's crack open that mysterious interconnect board and take a look at some of the chips inside:

    • STMicroelectronics STPMB0 929AGK HQHQ96 153915

    • Apple 338S00411 audio amplifiers

    • TI 97A8R78 SN261140 A0N0T

    Looks like you used too much heat in opening ;-{

    There are quite a few chips that got shifted. Can you move them back and give us another pic?

    Dan - Responder

    Are those amplifiers still based on Cirrus Logic designs? They seem to have a very similar model number to older Cirrus/Apple amplifiers. Why do they still have Cirrus audio codecs but use the Apple branding on the Cirrus parts? Are they trying to push out Cirrus Logic?

    djlobb01 - Responder

    That looks like the actual battery charging circuitry, on it’s own tiny daughter board. I don’t see any batt charging circuitry (Hydra? Tigris?) on the main logic board.

    Spector NS5 RD - Responder

  15. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the XS Max display—apart from it being really, really expensive—so we're unsurprised to see this year's "XDR" display looks superficially very similar. However, this "XDR" display does not have a $999 stand, so it's basically unusable. One minor but helpful update is that the three flex cables all congregate in the same place—so there are fewer booby traps when slicing open the phone for repair.
    • There was absolutely nothing wrong with the XS Max display—apart from it being really, really expensive—so we're unsurprised to see this year's "XDR" display looks superficially very similar.

    • However, this "XDR" display does not have a $999 stand, so it's basically unusable.

    • One minor but helpful update is that the three flex cables all congregate in the same place—so there are fewer booby traps when slicing open the phone for repair.

    • We did expect the loss of the 3D Touch layer to factor in a little more—this display measures about a quarter of a millimeter thinner than its predecessor, and that's all. That plus the slight increase in the iPhone's overall thickness is apparently responsible for a good chunk of the increased battery capacity.

    • One last chip hides under a shield: Samsung S2D0S23 display power management IC

  16. The Lightning connector assembly comes out with the new interconnect board attached. It doesn't exactly come out without a fight, though—a maniacal medley of screws and glues holds it in place, so you're in for a ride if either of these parts fails on you. We take one final stab at looking for a second elusive RAM chip by peeking into each camera module. Other than some shiny unshielded sensors, we see noth—hey wait, is that it??
    • The Lightning connector assembly comes out with the new interconnect board attached. It doesn't exactly come out without a fight, though—a maniacal medley of screws and glues holds it in place, so you're in for a ride if either of these parts fails on you.

    • We take one final stab at looking for a second elusive RAM chip by peeking into each camera module. Other than some shiny unshielded sensors, we see noth—hey wait, is that it??

    • Nope. This AD5844CDA0 chip is probably an image stabilizer (and leprechaun commune).

    So what are the sensor details for each camera?

    stevemhood - Responder

    Is this USB 3.0 standard this year?

    gk29 - Responder

    AD5844 is most likely 10-bit VCM Driver from Analog Devices. Perhaps similar to AD5823.

    andy - Responder

    Still using SONY sensor? or omnivision ?

    zxttgg - Responder

  17. We spot what looks like three additional thermal pads lining the back case. However... X-rays reveal that each pad sits atop a clean cut through the steel case lining. The only reason we know of for doing that is RF pass-through. Furthermore, each pad is connected via a flex cable to a complex antenna bus.
    • We spot what looks like three additional thermal pads lining the back case. However...

    • X-rays reveal that each pad sits atop a clean cut through the steel case lining. The only reason we know of for doing that is RF pass-through.

    • Furthermore, each pad is connected via a flex cable to a complex antenna bus.

    • We're not 100% sure what we're looking at, but it seems likely this is our first peek at some ultra wideband antenna hardware.

    In Apple’s doc for case design, etc., the technical drawings in the those regions are marked and called out “DO NOT OBSTRUCT THIS AREA WITH METAL OR OTHER CONDUCTIVE MATERIAL”, and the one closest to the top of the phone adds “ (FULL PRODUCT VOLUME)”

    David Crook - Responder

  18. This teardown officially goes to eleven, and here's what we found!
    • This teardown officially goes to eleven, and here's what we found!

    • A much bigger battery made possible by bumping the body 0.4 mm and winning 0.25 mm from 3D Touch.

    • Two battery cables that may have helped Apple's allegedly-scrapped bilateral charging out—but could just as easily help manage battery life.

    • A very non-definitive "4 GB confirmed" rating, given our inability to find dedicated camera RAM.

    • Plus, some RF antennas (we're pretty sure), all the better for the U1 to seek with.

    • Don't touch that dial—we'll have more teardowns for you soon!

    I only want to suggest you to type 0.4 mm and 0.25 mm instead of “.4 mm” and “.25 mm” to improve readability

    David - Responder

    I agree - misread that as total 6.5mm for some reason (can a phone have a negative thickness..??)

    Andy Liggins -

  19. Considerações finais
    • Critical display and battery repairs remain a priority in the iPhone's design.
    • The battery procedure has been simplified and many components are accessible independently.
    • Liberal use of screws is preferable to glue—but you'll have to bring your Apple-specific drivers (pentalobe, tri-point, and standoff) in addition to a standard Phillips.
    • Waterproofing measures complicate some repairs, but make difficult water damage repairs less likely.
    • Glass on front and back doubles the likelihood of drop damage—and if the back glass breaks, you'll be removing every component and replacing the entire chassis.
    Pontuação de reparabilidade
    6
    Reparabilidade 6 de 10
    (10 é o mais fácil de reparar)

It would be great if you could determine the sensor used in each of the camera modules.

stephenhood_99 - Responder

2nd this request! Thanks

Peter Pham -

would love to see a straight on shot of the phone with the screen off. (without any angles) Would also like to a teardown of the 11 Pro, which is likely more impressive density wise. I also hope you'll continue to pray open their stacked boards.

Suchir Kavi - Responder

also, display assembly thickness comparisons against the XS. With 3D Touch gone, that could be very interesting.

Suchir Kavi - Responder

Why would you not do this sooner as there are plenty of them out there in the hands of media? The whole point is we’re jonesing for info WHILE we wait for Friday to get here which is when a lot of will have one in our hot hands.

jamesayres2374 - Responder

IIRC, they did a tear down way earlier than Apple wanted them to, and lost early access to all future iPhones. It’s not that they don’t WANT to do it, they just HAVE to wait to get it like everyone else.

smoker68x -

“In September 2015, Apple removed the iFixit app from the App Store in reaction to the company's publication of a teardown of a developer pre-release version of the Apple TV(4th generation) obtained under Apple's Developer Program violating a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement and as such their developer account was suspended.”

smoker68x -

also, the media units have to be returned once the official units get released, so ifixit wouldn’t be able to return it after it had been torn down

James Wride -

iFixit is not offered pre-release hardware. And besides the reviewers are not allowed to open the gear to peek inside.

Also keep in mind Apple has pox’ed them as they are fighting for the Right to Repair which Apple is against.

Dan -

Would love to know if the rumored bilateral charging hardware is in there, even though they didn't turn it on.

Christopher Stroud - Responder

These guys seem to be first. I don’t understand the language in the video but the pictures seem to show a similar battery to the XS and an overall similar design. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-0v6rWw...

Larry - Responder

wow, that board is absurdly small. They're just an integrated modem, and an eSIM away from getting it even smaller.

Suchir Kavi -

would be good to see the OLED IC

nik.macri - Responder

What do you mean? The screen is the OLED display no IC

Dan -

I would like to see if that annoying camera bump is any larger than the XS

Henry Phillips - Responder

Please confirm 4GB or 6GB to see if they set 2GB aside for the camera ISP only.

Also reverse wireless charging that didn’t make it in the final product as per rumors, can you confirm what hardware is present (if any).

joedan76 - Responder

The RAM was disclosed on macrumors.com a few days ago, all three phones have 4 GB

Dan -

Hi Guy’s - Can we get a breakdown of the antennas within the case as well as were are and which bands that support.

Dan - Responder

We can’t even get a confirmation on the ram yet?? They’ve had the phone since early morning. Ammmaaaazzzzziiiinnnggg. Are we in 2019? What’s going on here

jack.frost_1 - Responder

Jack It’s still 4 GB ;-}

Dan -

It is going to be 4GB. Even the new Pixel is rumored to be 4GB and Android is a larger RAM eater in contrast to iOS.

RAM is almost entirely a spec sheet war thing on these phones. No one is ever going to use 12GB or even 8GB on a (current) Android phone outside of a benchmark.

Power saving will close background apps before RAM could even dream of filling up. My current OnePlus has 8GB and the average usage is 3.2GB and I’m a fairly heavy user. The majority of this is also going to the OS/Google Services.

Phones aren’t desktops. Please don’t pay for (or demand) excessive amounts of RAM and encourage waste.

Travis Hensley -

I don't see it that way.

i have here an iPad device with 2gb ram, i have been doing the same things for years, the same apps.

but due to new functions and bigger websites, the apps load much faster in multitasking.

there are enough videos where clearly shows that e.g. the iPhone XS Max (4GB) loses against devices with 8 gb or 12 GB ram over and over again. because the gapps have to be reloaded.

koeifme€ -

Wut? That makes no sense. If you're talking about vs 8 and 12GB devices then you're talking about iOS vs Android which negates any assumptions about hardware. Thread management and thread eviction is completely different between the two OS'

Plus end of day, here in the real world, iOS feels consistently real world faster regardless. I use both an XS Max and a Note 10+ and as always, the Samsung device feels consistently less snappy. Benchmarks only matter for spec warriors who exclusively use their device to read and watch phone benchmarks. It's like bench racers in cars who can barely even drive.

Endless objective reports have been done showing that RAM on iOS barely matters based on *the range of RAM options available for iOS*, which is the only sound comparison. The best example is the 4GB vs 6GB iPad Pro.

Feel free to stay wrong and keep proving lack of experience by arguing an obvious point. I'm out.

quantmflux -

I don't see it that way. I have an S10 and XS Max.

The XS Max throttles much faster and the battery is bad at games app. iOS in general is also very limited.

You always need more RAM and as you can see Android has much more functions than iOS. Android has many similar functions as a desktop system. and is independent without Apple server activation.

your iPhones or iPads are central products. without apple server you can't activate the devices.

otto3dmek -

Is there a possibility to charger both cable and wireless simultaneously !?

Rene - Responder

I did this on my xs and it seemed to work but did not leave it like that for more than a minute as I didn’t want to potentially damage it. not saying it will but I don’t want to risk it.

Nerd World Vlogs -

No it's not possible. It will automatically pick the source the provides the most power.

Dean Lubaki -

Were you able to confirm who made the camera sensors and the product number?

stevemhood - Responder

Is wireless charging speed still at 7.5w?

wress89 - Responder

Yep.

In April this year Apple cancels his own gadget announced two years ago: AirCharger

I think it could give more power than others assigned by Apple.

Rene -

Only result for SK Hynix H9HKNNNCRMMVDR-NEH seems to be ifixit itself…Alas, RAM debate not yet put to rest!

tipoo - Responder

The proper way is to look at it from the software (one of the reviewers had already done this) not depend on the chip markings (as iFixit pointed out they needed to glean the code a bit as the decode sheet has not been updated by SK Hynix). Otherwise you really need to look directly at the chip microscopically counting off the storage cells to be sure. That takes time as you need to carefully grid the potting material off so you can visibly see the layers.

4 GB is quite a lot of RAM for a phone! Mobile devices are a balance, going to much is just as bad as going too light! In addition you can’t compare across different architectures.

As we’ve seen Apple’s design efforts in the past, they just don’t need as much RAM or faster running CPU’s as other phones, yet get much more performance!

Dan -

that's not true. in reality speed test clearly shows it.

more ram are significantly better. for multitasking, games app and future system updates (if more features are added).

if you don't know yet, RAM is one of the fastest memories in the device. there is not a single technical reason not to install it anymore.

apple knows about this technique and intentionally use so little RAM. so that in the future, users will notice why many games apps need to be reloaded.

koeifme€ -

I'll follow you around and keep telling you you're clueless since you want to keep making this invalid point. Please spend more time actually learning and less time voraciously consuming and misinterpreting benchmarks. Especially the ones with broken methodologies.

“MAWR RAMZ IS BETTAR!” has *never* been an absolute truth, but becomes totally specious comparing *between platforms*. At least try to actually learn how thread management works and how it differs between iOS and Android. Actually learn it, maybe even try a hand at coding, and then revisit your poorly formed opinion. Or just now pretend you're already “a dev" and already know, even though you're clearly not and dont.

quantmflux -

Everyone knows the lies of apple.

back then apple said 1 GB RAM would be enough for iPhone 6. everyone who uses the device today knows exactly how slow safari and other apps run. because the apps today are more functional and larger.

example the iPad mini 4 has the same A8 SoC as iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. but doesn't get iOS 13.

it's just a fact that the operating system has to do more and more and the RAM is the most important today. CPU/GPU or internal hard drive are now so fast. that there are hardly any improvements left for the daily apps.

but when new multitasking tasks, background tasks and new features are added for the third party app developers, there is a big difference.

otto3dmek -

as you can currently see iOS 13 add many functions of Android.

background tasks, download manager, File Explorer, Widget on homescreen (iPadOS) etc.

nevertheless all these new functions do not run as smoothly as under Android or are very poorly implemented.

anyone who has ever used file explorer, custom keyboard, Widget under iOS 10, iOS 11, iOS 12 and iOS 13 knows it. very buggy and few features.

Android is much better because they have been using it for years and have constantly optimized it. due to the great support of the android community, many android apps have become much prettier and faster. the iOS community, on the other hand, does almost nothing at all. their own fault.

 everyone who goes into the app store and doesn't just want to make games or messenger apps. knows exactly how many apps from independent developers are barely available anymore. many apps haven't been updated for years or aren't available at all in the app store anymore. most of them are still with lots of ads, trackers and slow.

otto3dmek -

What’s the capacity of that DRAM?

Gary Watson - Responder

It is 4GB.

H9HKNNNCRMMVDR-NEH is:

LPDDR4X

Voltage: 1.1V / 0.6V

Size: 32Gigabit (4GB)

Speed: 4266Mbps

Lead and Halogen Free

Spec sheet is available here: https://www.skhynix.com/static/filedata/...

Phil Rosenthal - Responder

Great work ! very sad to see sucky intel modems again. I live in an area of marginal signal so was really hoping the new phones would have Qualcomm 4G modems considering apple paid out all that cash.

i guess I’ll hang on until next year - 5G Qualcomm modems, 12.8 billion transistor 5nm A14 with 8 CPU cores, and 6 GPU cores, extra 2GB memory sure this time ?

Dan G - Responder

While a lot of folks would love to see a Qualcomm modem as the previous generation of the Intel modem was a bit lackluster. We will need to see if this generation is better once it’s tested. I’m sure Intel was working hard trying to improve the design. So lets wait until the testing gets done before we cry.

Do keep in mind the Intel model used before was not that bad! Sure it was on the slow side but it wasn’t the worst either. Most people won’t need the few kbit difference between them.

Dan -

What is with USB 3.0 speed support? Why do so many people keep forgetting that?

there has never been an iPhone that supports USB 3.0 speed. No problems with Android devices like Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, S8.

koeifme€ -

Superbe ! Merci

yvaneck - Responder

Desoldering that little board didn’t bode too well for those resistors/capacitors huh…

Daniel Pierce - Responder

Will you provide an image with just the screen removed to use as a background, it is my favorite part of these tear downs

Chris Glenski - Responder

We will! Stay tuned for wallpapers!

Arthur Shi -

Love the new camera on iPhone Pro! I always satisfy with the design hardware inside of Apple.

Kimi

Kimi - Responder

Very disappointed that you didn't post the details for the camera sensors after you clearly took them apart.

stevemhood - Responder

How do you know that you can’t separate the back glass from this iPhone? You didn’t try.

Dinan Blueje - Responder

Are you doing iPhone 11 and 11 pro teardown as well?

Chris Meyer - Responder

You can find wallpapers here!

Arthur Shi -

iPhone 11 has USB 3.0 support?

Because my iPhone X or XS Max only supports USB 2.0 Speed. My friend with Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 10+ has USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 first generation) speed.

koeifme€ - Responder

Nice work gang. Re: Improved battery monitoring, can you confirm if Apple ditched the Dialog power IC and made their own as was rumored?

tipoo - Responder

too bad.. they already bought the Dialog PIMIC division last yr.

sanju115 -

Excellent travail. je salue aussi la célérité dont vous avez fait preuve en offrant cette vue éclatée vu que l’iphone est sorti il y a seulement quelques jours.

Elias GUIVI - Responder

Thank you so much for the teardown. Do you have any plans to disassemble the coil as well? Would love to see the actual coil instead of the X-Rays!

crisssy724@gmail.com - Responder

Where are the high res pictures that we can use for our wallpaper?

I really enjoy using them as my wallpaper because on my lock screen, I have the X-ray picture to show about where the charging coils are to make it easier to place my phone on the charger

Plus its a nice conversation starter when people look at my phone

Curt - Responder

You can find wallpapers here! Hope you enjoy them!

Arthur Shi -

What is the Wi-Fi chipset? Broadcom or Qualcomm perhaps?

Jiri Brejcha - Responder

I would also like to know this! the new 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) implementation should be interesting.

Ewout -

excellent job! thank you all guys!

Ren Draco - Responder

после вашей разборки уровень ремонтопригодности 1 из 10. как так можно распаивать плату??? просто ужас. криворукие мастера

alexwilsonads - Responder

Really love it watch this tear down .Thanks for your valuable work

tamilcdm - Responder

Could you measure the die size (die area) of the Apple A13 Bionic?

Ewout - Responder

where is the NFC ?

Marco Merlin - Responder

iPhone 11 Pro Max has no USB 3.0 support! Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10 or the Huawei devices (e.g. P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro) have USB 3.0 (3.1 first generation) support.

You have to imagine an iPhone 11 Pro Max (512 GB) you can only transfer the data (iTunes backups, photos, videos, games apps) from the PC with USB 2.0 Speed.

In this case the iPhone 11 Pro Max would need at least 4x as long as the Android devices.

otto3dmek - Responder

Were you guys able to put it back together?

rjv - Responder

Please analyze the metal content of the camera housing, thank you. Is it statinless steel, aluminum, plastic, zirconium-based amorphous metals? Do you have a mass spectrometer handy?

morgenabend - Responder

Is it just me, or do the three rear cameras look like a bowling ball finger holes?

Ethan Zuo - Responder

The beauty of the device from the inside no less the beauty of the outside .. something amazing

Saleh Alknani - Responder

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Wow, that’s awesome

qifeidong - Responder

Hi is there anyway to clear the non-genuine parts error message after the battery replacement?

Vincent Lim - Responder

Hey Vincent! Unfortunately there is not a way to clear the non-genuine parts error message after a battery or screen replacement unless you (or whoever does the repair) are an Apple authorized service provider. You can read more about the non-genuine parts messages in these two articles: batteries; displays.

Taylor Dixon -

Can y’all pull off that Toshiba flash chip? Is it the same footprint/layout as earlier versions?

Paul Rixon - Responder

excelente aporte colegas, saludos buen día.

David Molina - Responder

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