First iPhone XS Max teardown reveals why it costs $599 to replace a cracked back

First iPhone XS Max teardown reveals why it costs $599 to replace a cracked back
The first professional teardown of the iPhone XS already appeared yesterday, revealing a battery that is L-shaped and a tad smaller than the one on the iPhone X. Now, however, an iPhone XS Max teardown has appeared as well, and from none other than the granddaddy of smartphone pathoanatomy - iFixit.

Barely has the ink dried on their iPhone XS and XS Max receipts from Australian Apple stores, where they went on sale first, and we already have RedBull-fueled pictures of the internals. What did iFixit find about the new iPhones?

First off, the iPhone XS is indeed housing a unique single-cell L-shaped battery. The L-shaped one in the iPhone X is actually two individual cells with a separator between, but this thing is bent out of shape around a corner, and packed neatly together. It's still a tad smaller than the unit in the X, though, and we'll see how this corner-shop design performs in the long run. The XS Max carriers a two-cell L-shaped battery with the largest ever capacity on an iPhone - 3,179 mAh - but don't get too excited, Apple's battery life champ is actually the upcoming iPhone XR due to its lower display resolution.

The other notable conclusion from peeking into the iPhone XS and XS Max insides is that they carry a taller camera bump to accommodate a sensor that is a third larger than the one in the iPhone XS. This could present problems with some snug fit cases, but, on the other hand, you will be getting better low-light photography. 

Last but not least, iFixit gives the new iPhones a fairly decent 6/10 repairability score, as Apple hasn't changed any of its disassembly ways. The only ho-hum part is that if you crack the rear of the iPhone XS and XS Max, all of their offal has to be scraped out to replace the casing. That is why, perhaps, Apple Repair is charging the jaw-dropping $599 for a shattered iPhone XS Max back out of warranty.

Related phones

iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)
iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)

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22 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

LMAO 600,00 and it is not even an old generation of GG

2. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Talk about making an excuse to overcharge you for the repair of a glass back. It's not like it's repairing a display panel. There is no way that this would take more than a half an hour to fix. For $600 Apple should do the repair and throw in a free hooker for good measure as well. Or at least throw in a free tube of lubrication when you get bent over at the register.

9. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

A later article on PhoneArena said the total cost of the iPhone XS and XS Max cost $355 and $371 to build, according to Susquehanna International Group analyst Mehdi Hosseini, who says that Apple spends $331 to build each iPhone XR. So if that is the cost to build the entire phones. Then paying $599 for the XS Max is a bend over charge from Apple, especially if it only cost $371. I certainly don't believe the XR cost, because that is a cheap device. Not in terms of purchase cost, but cheap in materials and components.

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Why phonearena is justifying this crazy high price repair lol ?

5. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 290; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

because they are iPhoneArena, everything apple is fine even if the prices are very sky high

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

They get money from the fruit company to promote it!

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7145; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yet they didn't get the new iPhones to review before their public availability in stores like other sites did. Care to explain that?

12. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

In Canada it cost $780 to fix the back of the iPhone XS Max. Dam, that is just ridiculous.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4070; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

offal definition: the organs inside an animal , such as the brain, the heart, and the liver, eaten as food. Are we referring to sheep here,?

6. Guaire

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Only reason is greed. Rest is just a tecnical excuse, which is without doubt carefully designed by Apple engineers. Also I'm pretty much sure they carefully chose this price point at such a balance. So they can rip their fans off meanwhile making another billion, but not enough to push them to Android manufacturers. That's a win for Apple. Anyways their fans will continue to brag about how much their favorite phonemaker makes money. Not to mention that some shameless tech blogs will cover up this shameless act.

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So sad for the iFans, it doesn't even cost $600 to build the whole phone. Open your eyes the fruit company is ripping you off!

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Their eyes are open. They just can't see any difference. Its all black and white to them. If I lose my Note 9, it only cost me $199 to replace it. If I break the glass it cost me $99 to replace it. I get a full replacement for the price. How is $599 no insane for a phone thst cost them less to make. Also, they don't ix the back glass if it breaks, they replace the phone with a Refurb, just like carriers insurance does. I thought people who buy Apple products are suppose ot be so smart. What it looks like is a bunch of crazy people do easily to spend money wastefully.

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 559; Member since: May 02, 2016

With this You can buy Double Mi Poco phone .. Man this is not funny anymore

11. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

It shouldn't even cost 100$ to repair it, when in a first place they are selling it at such a expensive price, without any premium in box accessories........this is simply, a day light robbery, which govt. and agencies are allowing big corporates to carry out........

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3121; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right, even the whole XS Max didn't cost that much to make.

13. KingSam

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Back glass broke? Slap on a case and pretend nothing happened.

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 7145; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's the spirit! :))

21. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Yeah, just bend over and take it up the @$$. That's the spirit!.

17. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

The title of this article is '...why it costs $599 to replace a cracked back' yet it does not say why it costs that much

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Because the reason is obvious. The reason is, thatisi what Apple charges, and because there are idiots who will pay it. If my glass on my Note 9 broke, and I went to ANY repair shop and they quoted me a price of $599, I'd probably slap the person for such greed. Here is the other issue. Apple fans like trump fans are so stupid, if you approached one on the street who had the new XS and said, don't break your phone because it will cost $599 to fix it, they would be say wow that's expensive. Then if you ask them why its so expensive. they will swear that is what it should cost because Apple is using expensive materials...lol Aluminum is cheap. Glass is cheap. Stainless Steel is cheap, but costs more than Aluminum. Nothing else in the phone is broken. So why doe sit cost $599 to repair glass that cost on ebay $10? Apple is gen gen gen genius. Because no other company selling phones would get away with that.

18. deleon629

Posts: 449; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

A Note 8-new cost less...Unless it's charged to a business account, you'd be a complete idiot to buy this phone at the current MSRP.

22. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

This , not the sale of iPhones themselves, will help Apple maintain their trillion dollar valuation. Other companies should provide an alternative and not copy Apple features , like no 3.5mm jack, notches etc.

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