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.

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iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5 inches 2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3179 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8 inches 2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2659 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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