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iPhone X Teardown – Don’t Try This At Home

Posted on December 20th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications


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Before you take a butter knife to pry open your latest $1000 Apple acquisition, you may want to see how the experts do it and consider replacement part costs.

Eagerly anticipated by Apple fans and the tech industry, the iPhone X has arrived. Introduced more than 10 years ago, this is Apple’s 18th iteration on the smartphone defining the category and shortening the attention span of a generation. Thanks to the team over at iFixit, we can now see first hand whether the guts of many people’s constant electronic companion match up to the technologically advanced claims of its maker.

There are some firsts noted for Apple in this teardown. The iPhone X features two battery cells for extended battery life. The dual 12MP cameras protrude from the all glass back of the phone creating a “bump” preventing the phone from sitting flat on a horizontal surface. An “all screen” OLED display with 458 ppi resolution graces its front – manufactured by Samsung (go figure). Miniaturization and density of logic boards is also at an all time high – in part to make room for all that battery – while the svelt motherboard comes in at 70% of the size of the iPhone 8.

Thinking about taking a peek under the hood of your own? You may first want to invest in an adhesive press. You’ll need it to heat your smartphone evenly to a specific temperature in order to soften the heat activated adhesive to remove the display. Have a look at the following YouTube video from for more tips before jumping in:

So what’s all this innovation setting back Apple? According to a report on Business Insider, component parts for the iPhone X come in at $370.25, a nearly 50% increase over the iPhone 8 BOM cost of $247.51. The high ticket items are the touchscreen display module at $110, the enclosure at $61, and the cameras at $35. The biggest bang for the buck could possibly be the aforementioned batteries tallying in at a mere $6. Taken alone, component costs seem reasonable but certainly not a DIY project.

Have you dropped your hard earned coin yet on the iPhone X or have you kept hope alive putting it on your Christmas list? Tell us about your quest for unconventional knowledge and what it could mean for the future of your products or companies. Share your thoughts in the comments section below and don’t forget to follow us on your favorite social media channel.

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