Less than a day after hitting retail channels on Friday morning, the inquisitive folks at iFixit have published their official teardown of Apple’s ultra high-end iPhone X flagship, which intriguingly revealed a number of interesting innovations, fascinating features, and ultimately new details proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that its tenth anniversary iPhone truly is Apple’s finest work yet.
Of course, iFixit notes first and foremost that due to the iPhone X’s sheer size in relation to its plentiful array of powerful components, the device’s internal configuration is, physically and geometrically speaking, among the “most densely packed” they’ve ever seen before. Remember, iPhone X is even more generously-equipped than iPhone 8 Plus, with its 5.8-inch Super Retina AMOLED and advanced component array, all while being packed inside a chassis that’s just a tad larger than Apple’s standard, 4.7-inch iPhone 8.
Accordingly, Apple’s engineering team really had to achieve a number of remarkable feats in order to maximize internal space. They started out, as you can see in the image above, by essentially “folding, stacking,” and then soldering the single, extended logic board into a much more compact solution that allegedly takes up 30% less internal space. Apple then used that extra space, iFixit noted, to incorporate its Face ID and TrueDepth camera hardware.
Meanwhile, in yet another remarkable accomplishment, Apple’s team appears to have incorporated a 2-cell, Li-Ion battery design, featuring a generous 2,716 mAh of power. Intriguingly, as you can see in the image below, Apple appears to have used an untraditional (through previously rumored) L-shaped battery configurations. Developed in partnership with LG, according to previous reports, this 2-cell battery design allowed Apple’s engineering team to fundamentally rearrange iPhone X’ internals and maximize every last nanometer of internal space.
Also worth noting is the iFixIt teardown confirms Apple’s use of a 3 GB RAM chip in the iPhone X, as previously speculated, as well as the revelation that Apple employed a more advanced and physically stronger camera lens bracket on the rear-side, which, aided by a dollop of industrial-grade adhesive, is designed to provide material strength and support to the new vertically mounted dual-lens camera system.