Early iPhone 12 Teardown Features Smaller Taptic Engine, Magnet Ring and L-Shaped Logic Board

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are set to be delivered to customers this Friday, but there are already a few out in the wild. Leaker DuanRui this morning shared a video featuring a short teardown of the new ‌iPhone 12‌, giving us a quick look at the internals.

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In the video, the ‌iPhone 12‌ is taken apart component by component, with comparisons to corresponding iPhone 11 parts provided. The new ‌iPhone 12‌ has an L-shaped logic board, which we initially saw in a leak in May. The ‌iPhone 12‌ logic board isn't identical to the leaked logic board, so that leaked version is likely from another one of the ‌iPhone 12‌ models.


The logic board is longer than the logic board that was used in the ‌iPhone 11‌, and it has the aforementioned L design rather than just a straight design.

There's a 2,815mAh battery in the ‌iPhone 12‌, which was seen in Brazilian regulatory filings last week. Comparatively, the ‌iPhone 11‌ has a higher capacity 3,110mAh battery. Apple lists similar battery lengths for both iPhone models, though, due to efficiency improvements introduced through the A14.


Smaller batteries may have been included because Apple may have needed extra space for the 5G components in this year's iPhones, but there have already been some concerning early tests about faster than normal battery drain when using 5G networks. That's not necessarily a surprise because it's well known that 5G drains battery faster, but it's something ‌iPhone 12‌ and 12 Pro users should be aware of.

The Taptic Engine, which provides haptic feedback, is a good deal smaller in the ‌iPhone 12‌, and the teardown also shows off that magnetic ring that works with MagSafe accessories.

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There are also comparisons between other components such as the display, dual-lens camera setup, flash, and more, which those interested can see in the video.

iFixit will have in-depth teardowns of both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro coming in the future, which we can count on seeing after the new devices are released.

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Top Rated Comments

MrGuder Avatar
6 weeks ago
I know people will disagree but those magnet rings cause weight in these new phones. I personally feel MagSafe on the iPhones is a gimmick and not a must have feature. I’d prefer no magnets and allow more room for a larger battery. Every yr Apple adds a new feature that forces them to decrease the battery size. force Touch ID tapic bar, magnets, 5 G antenna etc...
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Brighton Billy Avatar
6 weeks ago


Any confirmation on the refresh rate of the screen?

If it was over 60hz the Apple event would have been 15 minutes longer..
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
6 weeks ago


Apple cost cutting. Period.

X60 design isn't even final and Qualcomm is still shipping samples. X60 in iPhone 12 was never a possibility.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ss2cire Avatar
6 weeks ago
the poor iphone, RIP.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Theyayarealivin Avatar
6 weeks ago
The iPhone didn't deserve that this early.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
6 weeks ago


Qualcomm X55 confirmed



From teardown video on Weibo ('https://video.weibo.com/show?fid=1034:4562608196354060'), showing X55 modem.

Andddddd yet another reason to wait for next year's iPhone (which I already figured anyways).

The X60 (the newest Qualcomm chip following the X55) is a big update with lower battery consumption, Voice over 5G (VoNR), and carrier aggregation which will result in faster and more reliable 5G.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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