Chipworks teardown reveals the iPhone SE a fine blend between old and new technology

Chipworks teardown reveals the iPhone SE a fine blend between old and new technology
Doing what they do best, the teardown artists at Chipworks have published photos and findings from their iPhone SE disassembly. Digging deep into the Apple 4-incher's internals, Chipworks noted that the iPhone SE is a remarkable balance between old and new technology, and Apple offering the smartphone at such a low cost ($399 for the 16GB base model) is a commendable feat. Then again, the paltry amount of storage featured in the base model is quite the obvious cost-cutting measure. But this doesn't diminish the achievement of packing this much hardware power in a device so tiny, and relatively affordable.

The 4-inch iPhone SE features Apple's latest and greatest A9 chipset, accompanied by a SK Hynix RAM memory module, which Chipworks believes is "likely the same 2 GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM found in the iPhone 6s. The 16 GB of flash storage is sourced from Toshiba, although it's possible different units feature memory by other suppliers.

Travelling a few years back in time to 2011, Apple scavenged the Broadcom BCM5976 and Texas Instruments 343S0645 touch screen controllers that it also uses in the iPhone 5s. However, the NFC chip (NXP 66V10), 6-axis inertial sensor (InvenSense), modem (Qualcomm MDM9625M) and transceiver (WTR1625L RF) are the same parts used in the iPhone 6s. And so are the audio codecs (338S00105 and 338S1285), which Chipworks believes are designed by Texas' Cirrus Logic, a long-time specialist in audio processing chips. Meanwhile, the Skyworks SKY77611 power amplifier module, a TI 338S00170 power management circuit, EPCOS D5255 antenna switch module, and AAC Technologies 0DALM1 microphone are all new parts not seen in an iPhone before.

Chipworks' teardown proves that Apple didn't merely stick an iPhone 6s inside the iPhone 5s' shell, but actually approached its internal design and choice of components with the same scrutiny and attention given to each new iPhone. It also took the opportunity to experiment with never used before technology, giving a tiny peek into what could potentially end up inside the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.


source: Chipworks

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iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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18 Comments

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha the SE doesn't support 4g+.......fail!

7. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Qualcomm modem is same as ip6 and support 150Mb dl = 4G+, dude.

12. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

No, that's 4G (lte cat 4), not 4G+ 4G+ allows speeds up to 300Mb/s (but more importantly, higher real world speeds due to the ability to combine bands from several frequencies).

19. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

20. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple clearly says on their website that the SE supports 4g and not 4g+ (advanced)......ifans are always in deniel......jeeezzz!

21. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Oh yes, some random Google search that tells us nothing, is supposed to back up your claim. Once again, 4G= 150Mb/s, 4G+= 300Mb/s AND the capability to combine frequency bands for better real life speeds. The iPhone SE can do neither of those last 2 points, as confirmed on the Apple website.

14. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Do some research......!

16. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

And it's even confirmed on the Apple website...:http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare/

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No 4g+ support?

5. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

It is ridiculous to call it a "commendable feat" to put all that tech in such a small package, and calling $399 cheap when in Android phone terms it is really nothing special.

6. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It's $399 only in US. In other countries it's much higher.

11. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You still manage to applaud them for sticking 2011 parts in a 2016 phone all wrapped up in an old design..... nice one iPA

13. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Imagine if samsung stuck an s7 mini in an s4 body with s3 parts..... you'd say it was the biggest crime in phone maker's history

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

On a related note I have tried to build a Frankenphone a couple of months ago. The 5c's logic board will fit in a 5s frame, but I couldn't get it to work. All the ribbon cables fit, but it would not come on.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Apple didn't merely stick an iPhone 6s inside the iPhone 5s' shell, but actually approached its internal design and choice of components with the same scrutiny and attention given to each new iPhone. This line was complete garbage.

18. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

At least this is the leage in terms of processor and camera capabilities as the iphone 6s, only sony can say the same of smartphones with less than 5 inches. I applauda both sony and apple for giving this option with no significant sacrifices.

23. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Recycled Old Materials with 1MP f2.4 Camera ! What a Joke..

24. obedchuni

Posts: 315; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Why joke is a9 joke to u

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