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iPhone SE teardown reveals old specs and a few surprises

by Jacob Kleinman | March 31, 2016March 31, 2016 1:00 pm PST

Curious what’s inside Apple’s latest smartphone? The iPhone SE offers a mix of old and older hardware, but a recent teardown from ChipWorks reveals a few surprises. The report focuses entirely on the various chips included in the iPhone SE, so we’ll have to wait for another teardown to see the rest of the components.

As promised, the iPhone SE packs an A9 processor, same as the iPhone 6s. This model packs the TSMC version of the chip. It’s unclear if any units will ship with a Samsung version, which offered slightly worse battery life in the iPhone 6s according to some reports.

The teardown also reveals the same RAM module found in the iPhone 6s. In fact, the 2GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM found in this iPhone SE is actually dated from last summer, suggesting it might have been originally destined for the iPhone 6s.

Other notable modules include the NFC chip, which is the same as the one in the iPhone 6s. The iPhone SE also offers old touchscreen controller components last seen in the iPhone 5s. Finally, the device appears to feature totally new power management components.

The iPhone SE launches today, March 31, so expect more teardowns and our official review soon.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...