iFixit's iPhone 11 Teardown: 'An iPhone XR With Some iPhone 11 Pro Tech Inside'

Following a teardown of the iPhone 11 Pro Max on Friday, iFixit today posted a separate teardown of the entry-level iPhone 11 model.


The repair site reiterated what has been said previously about the ‌iPhone 11‌: it's essentially an iPhone XR, but with a few internal upgrades from the new iPhone 11 Pro family. There's a double-decker logic board, upgraded wide and ultrawide camera lenses, and what iFixit believes to be ultra wideband antenna technology embedded into the rear case.

Otherwise, the teardown doesn't reveal much unknown information about the ‌iPhone 11‌. iFixit delved into the device's rectangular battery, which is only marginally improved upon last year's ‌iPhone XR‌ battery. The ‌iPhone 11‌ has a 3,110 mAh battery, measuring about 7 percent more compared to the ‌iPhone XR‌ and accounting for the one hour battery increase that Apple claimed in its keynote.


iFixit also briefly discussed the potential for bilateral charging on the ‌iPhone 11‌, which the site ultimately pointed out was never meant to be on the entry-level 2019 iPhone. The ‌iPhone 11‌ lacks a second battery connector (unlike the 11 Pro Max), and iFixit explained that a larger battery and additional thermal management "would almost certainly be required" for bilateral charging on the ‌iPhone 11‌.

The ‌iPhone 11‌ earned a repairability score of 6 out of 10. iFixit said that the display is easier to replace than in other smartphones, but the site bemoaned Apple's continued use of proprietary screws and an increased chance of breakage due to glass on the front and back of the ‌iPhone 11‌.

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12 months ago
Still waiting for the iFixit teardown of the Apple Card...
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12 months ago


In other words it’s more an Xr S than successor to the Xs.

I don't think anyone thought the iPhone 11 was a successor to the XS.
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12 months ago
Wonderful phone. Upgraded from an X (my battery life was getting terrible) and I don't regret it at all. I was worried about going back to an LCD screen, and the resolution, but it's totally fine for me. Love the better battery life, love the slightly larger screen, size of the phone is great for me, can't tell a difference in screen resolution when using apps, etc. Got a 64 GB because I use iCloud for photos and music. So yeah, I got the cheapest new iPhone and I'm very happy with it.

Last year was the first year I haven't upgraded (have every iPhone since the original except for an XS).
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12 months ago


I'm not a big fan of my new $750 phone being referred to as "entry level". It's like I own the Toyota Yaris of phones... and in reality I feel like it's a 4runner with a good set of options. :p

Oh, Jesus.

If people you don’t know & will never meet, referring online to the $699 phone you purchased as “entry level” bothers you- go ahead & spend the $300 more for a Pro.
Probably MUCH cheaper than hiring a therapist to help unpack why you would care in the slightest.
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12 months ago


I'm not a big fan of my new $750 phone being referred to as "entry level". It's like I own the Toyota Yaris of phones... and in reality I feel like it's a 4runner with a good set of options. :p

An iPhone is more like a premium product, though; its more like saying that you own an entry level BMW, say a 330i, as opposed to a higher end product, say an M340i or, in the case of the 11 Pro Max, an M760Li…
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12 months ago
The iPhone 11 seems like such a great compromise that I’m seriously considering upgrading from my iPhone SE...?
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