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iPhone XS Teardown Reveals New Single-Cell L-Shaped Battery

Dutch repair site FixjeiPhone today shared a teardown of the iPhone XS, providing us with our first look inside the 5.8-inch model.

A side-by-side comparison shot with the iPhone X reveals that the internal layout of the iPhone XS has not changed significantly, with the most obvious difference being a new single-cell L-shaped battery with a capacity of 2,658 mAh.


The battery was also L-shaped in the iPhone X, but it was a two-cell configuration, instead of a single lithium-ion battery pack.

While the iPhone XS's battery has around 2.2 percent less capacity than the 2,716 mAh battery in the iPhone X, Apple says the iPhone XS gets up to 30 minutes longer battery life than the iPhone X per charge cycle, presumably due to efficiency gains from the A12 Bionic chip and other components.

FixjeiPhone shared a photo of the iPhone XS almost completely disassembled, but it has not labeled any components or manufacturers.


Their video teardown, which can be watched with English subtitles on YouTube, indicates that the display is a bit harder to remove due to stronger seals that help the iPhone XS achieve its improved IP68-rated water resistance.


Repair site iFixit should have more detailed iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max teardowns soon after the devices launch in stores tomorrow.

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12 months ago

FixjeiPhone shared a photo of the iPhone XS almost completely disassembled, but it has not labeled any components or manufacturers.

I gotcha covered, mate:



Rating: 40 Votes
12 months ago
Looks like someone beat iFixit to the punch :eek:
Rating: 18 Votes
12 months ago

So... Except for the CPU upgrade, the Xs is last year's technology and design. Can someone please explain to me why the price of the phone hasn't gotten cheaper?



Yeah, it's just simple basic business. The actual term we use is "economics".

Price doesn't directly correlate to cost.

Cost is how much you need to spend to build and bring to market.
Price is how much the end user will pay.
Rating: 13 Votes
12 months ago

So... Except for the CPU upgrade, the Xs is last year's technology and design. Can someone please explain to me why the price of the phone hasn't gotten cheaper?

There's a whole plethora of small upgrades on the XS, including a RAM bump, better waterproofing, faster LTE chip, better speakers and mics, bigger camera sensor, stronger cover glass, faster Face ID, not to mention all the ongoing software/services/security development, most of which comes included in the price of the phone but is absolutely not free to produce. In what world does that necessitate a price drop? By all means, go complain on the Mac Pro thread about old tech not being discounted enough, but doing it here just makes you look ignorant.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago
I think it’s a testament to how good the iPhone X truly was last year..

There is a reason Apple didn’t sell it for 899.99 along side the 2018 offerings lol

No one would have bought the XS.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 months ago
Over the last few years, Apple managed to create a device that slows down large scale IP theft from Chinese and Korean hack shops. Huawei and Samsung can steal 7nm chip schematics all they want. But when you have 4low-2high cores, a neural engine, and the rest of the chip tailored specifically to your OS and hardware, that's much much harder to thief and replicate.

Johny Srouji, the true hero behind all of this.
Rating: 6 Votes
12 months ago

It's funny how the Taptic engine takes up probably as much or more space than a headphone jack... Would you rather have a headphone jack, or the Taptic engine?

Taptic and its not even close.
Rating: 5 Votes
12 months ago
The single L-shaped battery was supposed to increase the capacity according to last years rumours..... what happened? ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
12 months ago
If it's a single cell then it's not a battery.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 months ago

None of these probably REDEVELOPED from the ground-up to increase the cost from where it was last. All the mentioned areas were already in use with frameworks and foundation (iOS) in place. All these earlier features realized its profits all these years and months....Hence the question.

If it is a bendable mobile, holographic display options etc....requires complete research, testing and development hence higher price can be justified. For evolutionary features...?

It's not a higher price. It's the same price as last year, which was more expensive than previous iPhones almost exclusively because of the OLED screen and stainless chassis.

What you described is how nearly every single tech company operates. They have to fund their R&D from profits off their existing product lines (as well as investments). The iPhone is in a stage of constant redesign and refinement, in something of a tick-tock cycle. It is a product that hundreds of millions of people in every profession around the world depend on every single day. Apple's not going to drop bleeding-edge, unproven tech into such a ubiquitous device that has become the driving force of their entire firm.
Rating: 2 Votes

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