iFixit posts iPhone SE teardown, notes impressive battery, silicone seals, other features

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Date: Friday, April 1st, 2016, 08:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News


The cool cats at iFixit have found some interesting stuff within the iPhone SE.

The company, which posted its own teardown, but also installed an iPhone 5s display into the iPhone SE, noting that the display from the older model fits and functions perfectly into Apple’s new handset. iFixit also noted that the parts are interchangeable between the loudspeaker, SIM card tray and vibration motor.

The iPhone SE has been noted for sharing components with the iPhone 5s, including the internal design and the design for the logic board, which is identical to 2014’s iPhone release.

While the phone’s aesthetics haven’t changed, iFixit did uncover a few upgrades from the years-old model, the most prominent being a battery capacity upgrade from 1,560mAh to 1,624mAh. The battery connector on the SE differs from that of the 5s, meaning the new cell can’t be used as a plug-and-play upgrade.

The iPhone SE features a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, which is a marked improvement over the camera found on the iPhone 5s. Interestingly, while the specifications match those of the iSight module on iPhone 6s, the parts appears to be slightly modified and are therefore not interchangeable.

Other minor differences include a modified Lightning connector assembly, the inclusion of silicone seals around certain logic board connections and the Apple logo insert first introduced with iPhone 6. The biggest logic board additions are Apple’s A9 SoC and an NXP 66V10 module for facilitating touchless Apple Pay transactions.

Apple unveiled iPhone SE as a new budget entry earlier this month. With a starting price of $399, the device is aimed at burgeoning markets, Android switchers and iPhone faithful who prefer smaller form factor devices.

If you’ve snagged an iPhone SE and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via AppleInsider and iFixit

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