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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Teardowns Reveal The Guts of Apple’s Latest

by Todd Haselton | September 19, 2014September 19, 2014 7:00 am PDT

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially launch around the world today. That means it’s finally time for folks like iFixit to take out the trusty toolkit (and in this case, a boomerang) and go searching for what’s inside of both phones, in addition to finding out just how repairable both are. As it turns out, some of the rumors we heard leading up to today’s launch may have indeed been true.

iFixit was able to identify 1GB of RAM in the iPhone 6 Plus (pictured above) and presumes that’s the same chip in the iPhone 6, too, but couldn’t say for certain. That’s a far cry from the 3GB of RAM in today’s Android flagships but perhaps that kind of muscle just isn’t needed here. You’ll also find various hardware from Broadcom, Qualcomm, NXP (M8 Motion co-processor), SkyWorks, SanDisk (NAND flash) and others. Surprisingly, iFixit also found that the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are more repairable than the iPhone 5s from last year.

The site said that the screens are easy to remove and replace, which is great considering they’ve been prone to breakage in the past, the battery is “straightforward to access,” and Apple also switched up the fingerprint cable so that both iPhones are much easier to open without risk of damaging the wire. Both phones received a repairability score of 7/10 and were docked because Apple still use proprietary Pentalobe screws and doesn’t spill its repair secrets to anyone else.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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