Apple has rebuilt its batteries for the new devices and uses for the first time its own power management chip, shows the first teardown.
Apple’s new iPhone models hardly differ externally from the predecessor line. Inside, a lot has happened on the iPhone XS and XS Max, as a first teardown shows.
Apple’s own power management
So Apple has made according to iFixIt about the battery changes compared to the iPhone X. iPhone XS and XS Max have an L-shaped power storage, with the Max dividing it into two cells. It was already known that the Max with 3174 mAh has the largest iPhone battery ever. The reason for the change in shape of the battery is apparently that the manufacturer wants to create more space for other components – in the XS, but it also means that the battery is slightly less powerful than the old X.
The XS Max owns for the first time its own power management chip, which comes from Apple itself. The Group is apparently trying to reduce dependence on suppliers. The Max has also made the Taptic Engine, Apple’s vibration module, bigger. The sensor size of the wide-angle module has increased by 32 percent. The result is that the “Camera Bump”, ie the protruding lens area, has grown slightly.
Dust and waterproof ?
Apple had announced that XS and XS Max have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance – so more durable than the iPhone X. iFixIt did not see any new waterproofing measures, with other repair vendors who could make a teardown claiming the devices be more glued than before. The motherboards of both devices have grown a bit, the speakers have more guts.
Repair technically get iPhone XS and XS Max again not good values. The repairability score of iFixIt is 6 out of 10 possible. Especially the glass back has remained a problem – it can break as well as the front, in which case the entire chassis must be replaced.