iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown finds a smaller battery and lots of glue


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There’s a new iPhone out in the wild, which means there’s a new teardown from iFixit contrast c embarrassing everything that’s going on inside Apple’s latest handset.

The in fashion repair site wrapped up its breakdown of the iPhone 8 on Friday, finding that the 8’s internals, unsurprisingly, look a solid deal like those of last year’s iPhone 7. There are some little changes—more adhesive strips surrounding the battery, a slightly redesigned Lightning connector, the use of defined Phillips screws in some spots instead of obtuse tri-point upon b ruins—but most of the more immediately apparent changes, like the new Qi wireless loading coil, were announced by Apple when it revealed the new phone earlier this month.

The teardown does endorse a few things that Apple hasn’t publicized, though. For one, iFixit says the iPhone 8’s battery checks in at 1,821mAh and can redeem up to 6.96Wh of power. Technically, that’s a step down from the iPhone 7’s 1,960mAh, 7.45Wh battery, notwithstanding iPhones are generally known for making the most of lesser capacity. There’s implausible to be any major drop-off in real-world use—we’ll know more once Ars completes its zaftig review—but the ceiling for battery life may be a bit lower than it could receive been. Beyond the battery, the iPhone 8’s insides include 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, Toshiba NAND dart storage, and Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip.

iFixit says it tore down the “A1863” model of the iPhone 8, which it bring about to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. That suggests the device could fund the faster gigabit LTE speeds that mobile carriers are starting to rollout in the US and that distinct Android phones now support. But that doesn’t look to be the case here. The the score that Apple is selling two different models for each new iPhone—one with this Qualcomm modem that attest ti the CDMA network systems used by Sprint and Verizon and one with a modem that doesn’t—proposes that the company has split modem duties between Qualcomm and Intel, only like it did with the iPhone 7.

A Bloomberg report from June verbalized we’d see a situation similar to last year when Apple capped the modem make hastes of its Qualcomm model to keep a uniform experience with the slower Intel shape. (This didn’t go over well with Qualcomm.) Intel does be suffering with a gigabit LTE modem in the works, but Bloomberg said it wouldn’t be ready in period for the iPhone 8’s launch. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Either way, because gigabit LTE is silently a ways from widespread availability in the US, any lack of support is unlikely to be a monster burden for most iPhone buyers right now.

All in all, iFixit gives the iPhone 8 a six out of 10 in appellations of overall repairability. That’s not the worst score by any means, but it is down a mark from the iPhone 7, largely because of Apple’s decision to use a glassware back on this year’s device. iFixit says it wound up denting the the truth of the phone trying to remove the glue-covered material and cautions that make good oning a damaged back is “likely to be very difficult.”

Though that doesn’t carry that nobody will be able to remove the iPhone 8’s back cleanly, Apple appearance ofs to be banking on the hope that people won’t damage that glass in the beginning place. The company has advertised the new iPhones as having “the most durable sun-glasses ever in a smartphone,” but that isn’t the highest bar to clear.

You can take a look at iFixit’s thoroughly teardown here.

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