iFixit tears down the iPhone 6 Plus - confirms 1 GB of RAM on-board

iFixit tears down the iPhone 6 Plus - confirms 1 GB of RAM on-board
Well, it's iPhone day. The two new handsets from Apple are being sold in stores in select countries across the world and, like always – people are lining up to get their hands on an iPhone 6 of their choosing, before stocks run out.

Of course, this makes it more widely available to more media outlets out there. And while some will do a drop test, to see if the iPhone 6 is somehow magical and will not break, others take a substantial amount of time to tear it down piece by piece, documenting every step, exposing hardware that Apple doesn't have a habit to talk about, and evaluating the phone's repair-friendliness.

You guessed it – we are talking about iFixit. The guys spent a whooping 7 hours of meticulously disassembling an iPhone 6 Plus and gave it a rather favorable “repairability” score of 7/10 – a 1 point increase, compared to the iPhone 5s. The site cites simplified screen removal, easily removed battery (as long as one is knowledgeable on the matter), and a longer fingerprint sensor cable, which was the culprit for some troubles in the 5s' repairs, as the positives that make the phone repair-friendly. iFixit's main gripes with the iPhone 6 are that it still uses Pentalobe screws, which require a specialized screwdriver, and the fact that Apple does not share repair information with 3rd party repair shops.

As for the components, this teardown is probably as official a confirmation on the phablet's RAM capacity as we are going to get – as rumored (or seen in a mysterious benchmarking software) – it sports 1 GB of RAM, just like the 4.7" iPhone 6. The battery's markings rate it at 3.82 V and 11.1 Wh, totalling at 2,915 mAh (though, our calculations tell us it's more like 2,905 mAh). The 8 MP iSight camera's aperture is rated at f/2.2 and the camera itself is labeled “DNL432 70566F MKLAB”.

The post at iFixit elaborates on every component that comes out of the iPhone 6 Plus' chassis, so if you feel like geeking out – head to the source, linked below. If you just wish to look at the lovely pictures of Apple's first phablet's internals – check them out in the slideshow below.


source: iFixit

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iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. Rizchy

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

This is not news anymore.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

$750 for a phone before tax with 1GB of RAM... That's Apple for ya.

26. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

$950 if you get the 128GB. What a rip-off...

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

it was never news to begin with

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Either they're saying that iOS is not not a resource hog or next years 2gb ram will really be revolutionary. For a device that is like 750$ with 1gb ram, that so so expensive.

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

More like a ripoff.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

i call it pitiful still with only 1gb of ram while everyone else is at 2gb or 3. next year will be 4GB of ram

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Robbery.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

These were shot using Galaxy S5. Impressive isn't it?

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh I remember. The Sony herd went crazy. Shall I paste the links?

14. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

What if I tell you that it was taken with the a6000?

20. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I threw the ball and you catch it. Nice work

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Halfbaked platform with fake bogus multitasking only needs useless 1gb Ram.

7. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Maybe next year for 6s and 6s plus they'll sport 2GB? Just in time for my upgrade.

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

One does have to wonder what upgrades they're holding back on for the 6s and 6s Plus so they can bilk their customers for their money again. Faster processors? More RAM? Cameras with more than 8mp? Higher screen resolution?

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

For the iPhone 6S, Apple is going to upgrade the phone to 1024MB of memory -- "thousands of megabytes for making the most of any special moment".

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The droptest article posted earlier proves how easily the screen is removed.

15. HamzAmin

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

iFart. Note-4 is the beast.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

6 plus is sweet

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

darkk did you eat all these components? :p

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao What like: iSweets, or iCola..

21. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

He ate a half bitten, silver Apple and called it an iPhone.

22. JMartin22

Posts: 2379; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

To all the people saying that iOS runs fine on 1 GB of RAM now, you do realize that your device isn't future proof at all, right? 1 or 2 more years of resource intensive updates or newly released resource intensive apps are going to shutter under performance. Android doesn't need 3 GB of RAM, but it helps with executing more tasks and can make the hardware using it good for many more years.

23. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

There's also one little thing that they're forgetting: that RAM is shared with the GPU so in essence that 1GB is really 768 - 896MB depending on configuration of the needs for the GPU. Look in any smartphone task manager and you'll see that it's not the full 512MB/ 1024MB/ 2048MB but instead less 200MB give or take (it could be as little as 128MB or 256MB not sure if it sets aside 384MB+). So far i have seen what happens when too many things like tabs are left open on an iPad (even the new Air models). It gets kinda bogged down. Same on my Droid Razr M w/ 1GB of RAM.

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Basically the iPhone is still being designed as a glorified iPod Touch with cellular. The hardware is merely mid/low-end and can run 1-2 tasks at a time.

25. thekoifish

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

My iPhone 5 ran better, played games better and lagged less than my GS5 did with 2GB of ram. Who cares it's another phone that you'll replace in a year or so, just like every other phone on the market. Manufactures make too many phones too often, soo much electronic waste.

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