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iPhone X Tear down

In Australia, with iFixit tearing down the brand new iPhone X. We bought the phone, hopped in a car, and raced across town to Circuitwise, an electronics manufacturer in suburban Sydney.

From there, Jason Koebler tossed it into an x-ray machine made by Creative Electron to see what’s in the guts of the thing. As it turns out, there’s a hell of a lot of battery; everything else has shrunk significantly. The tear down is really just getting underway, so expect more details later, but first impressions: This iPhone really is quite a departure from old models.

“The question is how Apple crammed in a Face ID system, kept the form factor, and somehow got more battery life,” Kyle Wiens, the CEO of iFixit, told us as we tore it down. “The answer is billions and billions of dollars.”

What this R&D got Apple is a Logic Board that is impossibly small, and appears to be stacked into multiple layers. That means everything needed to run the iPhone is much, much smaller: “It’s a big deal from a semiconductor perspective, because it’s challenging to make these things smaller.”

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