Here's what's inside an Apple iPhone 6s: teardown reveals 2GB of RAM, it's easy to get it repaired


The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are officially available from Apple's retail stores across the world and all the major US carriers starting today, September 25, but a number of customers have already been lucky enough to lay their grubby mitts on Apple's newest smartphone crop. Fortunately for us and all other eager enough for a teardown of the new iPhones, iFixit has also gotten an iPhone 6s unit that promptly got subjected to the disassembly treatment. 

For one, iFixit's teardown finally lifts the veil on all of the hardware internals of the iPhone, confirming almost everything we knew about the phone beforehand. It can be now safely written in stone that the device arrives with 2GB of Samsung-made LPDDR4 RAM, a 1,715mAh battery, which is a bit smaller than last year's offering in the iPhone 6, as well as a Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE Cat. 6 modem.

Additionally, the on-board storage of the phone is courtesy of a Toshiba THGBX5G7D2KLFXG 19 nm NAND Flash module, while the majority of other hardware components are similar with the ones in the iPhone 6. Interestingly enough, the lightning cable now comes with two microphones.

Undoubtedly, one of the more curious components inside the iPhone 6s are the 3D Touch display underpanel, which doesn't seem to be fused to the display itself, and the new taptic engine, which reaches its operational peak after merely a single oscillation. iFixit even took a nifty X-ray footage of the taptic motor in action.

As usual, iFixit gives its repairability verdict at the end of the teardown and the iPhone 6s gets 7 out of 10 points. It's lauded for the easy access to the display and the battery. Removing the latter in particular is relatively a no-frills experience, if you have the right set of tools, of course. Still, the device is criticized for its Touch ID cable which is paired with the logic board and Apple's use of proprietary screws (pentalobe ones).

The teardown of the the 6s Plus is just around the corner, but don't expect its insides to be much different.

source: iFixit via Engadget

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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Only...repairing it will not come as cheap as it looks.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I can just go to the Apple Store and have that done without an issue.

14. gaming64 unregistered

If there is no Apple Store?

22. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They looked to be using any old cheap crap hd, for the phones I.e. The plus and the normal iPhone had 16gb of hd from not the same company or stock or type I.e. Some will work better than others as aways and Apple as 100% just gone with the most cheap parts going as always where they can

17. MSi_GS70 unregistered

But later will.. all is just same..don't know what parena is excited about.. From iphone 5 to 6s is all the same..

23. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Based Samsung...heads of the semiconductor business. Apple fans probably had a little heart drop...possibly a faint when they saw that ram part ahahaha

29. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Not only ram, cpu is also manufactured by Samsung. Plus every other component is made by some company (probably android company like Sony, LG, Sharp etc) other than Apple. Nothing is genuine Apple manufactured part except for logo on the back (maybe not even that). Apple is truly 100% virtual manufacturing company.

2. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I clicked on the article for confirmation of 2 gigs of ram where is it ?! -_-

3. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

"It can be now safely written in stone that the device arrives with 2GB of Samsung-made LPDDR4 RAM,...."

11. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Thank you

4. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

"New Taptic Engine,which reaches its operational peak after mearly a single oscillation".Could someone explain what it is? Is it bad or good? Some one do the battery test plz...

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its good, it means the Taptic Engine can reach full power instantly

18. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Thanks vince

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

If they used LTE Cat 9 modem it would have been even better.

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Waiting the comments of the iPhonephobia persons.....

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

ifans will die if they see this....oh noooo Samsung components in my godly iphone.........hahah

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Actually only die hard samsung fans care for that. Every day folks care for a good phone that works the same well for years and not who made what screw.

15. gaming64 unregistered

Nobody cares. I want my 6s.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung really made the RAM? That does it, I'm getting outta line and going home. No iPhone for me. ;)

26. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Samsung made that Note 5 Darkk. Throw it away!

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol right, or simply be team techie, and enjoy both.

24. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I only care that my phone uses the best availiable components regardless of who makes them. The reason Apple is using Samsung RAM is that its the best at the moment. I celebrate the fact that Apple will buy components from competitors to give USERS the BEST possible experience. More companies should follow their example.

12. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Though i wish they used samsung super fast ufs storages instead

13. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

That's the only thing I like about iPhone that they are very easy to repair compared to HTC and Samsung sealed battery phones which are insanely difficult with all the glue and tape.

16. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Man, they even take an X-ray . iFixit are really great people.

20. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Pic #14 is annoying. Worst part about iPhone repair. Also there will be 723 phillips screws inside and they will all be different sizes and for no reason. I've checked the depth. There is NO reason to have a part held on by a 1.2mm screw, a 1.3mm screw and a 1.5mm screw. iPhones are put together illogically.

21. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It's one fine phone indeed. Now in few months a new Android will come out with better specs.

25. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

February

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is one out now. All the S6's, the Note 5, G4, Zach and more. You think a 12MP camera is going to beat the 1.9apertures on the S6's? I dont. I see the iPhone winning a single core score as usual and losing in multiform and winning in graphics. IOS games have direct aged ware access, they don't in Android. If it did, the S5 would still beat the latest iPhones. We don't need to wait for better phones. A better phone was released 6 months ago. Let's just wait for all the battles to begin.

30. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Unbelievable thing is, that Apple had at least several months to prepare a camera on iphone 6S to beat camera on Samsung Galaxy S6/ Note 5. Yet Galaxy S6 camera still beats iphone 6S camera, all around and also in low light performance. I guess Apple engineers are either incompetent, or Apple is too reliant on third party sourced parts (like Sony sensor) to truly take the camera performance to another level. Watch for blind head to head test on phonearena between Galaxy S6 camera vs iphone 6S camera and see who wins.

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