Teardown

All the individual parts of the iPhone 6

  • iPhone 6
  • 15 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 120 min.
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Introduction

Taking apart the new iPhone 6 down to the last detail. We show you all the important components and find out how difficult future repairs will be.

Required tool

  • Hard Plastic Pick

    Hard Plastic Pick

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

    €1.00 in the iDoc store
  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

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  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

    €2.00 in the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

    €6.00 in the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

    €3.00 in the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

    €16.00 in the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 in the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment about each step. We’d be happy to help.

15 steps
  1. iPhone 6 teardown

    iPhone 6 - iPhone 6 teardown 01
    iPhone 6 - iPhone 6 teardown 02

    Here’s how your sleek, elegant iPhone 6 looks when you open the box. The front and back feature the same simple design we’ve come to expect from Apple.

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  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6 - Removing the enclosure screws 01

    No changes here: Just like in previous models, you have to remove the two pentalobe screws on the Lightning connector first.

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  3. Disconnecting the display

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the display 01

    We’re especially excited to see what’s waiting for us when we take off the display. You had to be particularly careful when opening the previous model because of the Touch ID in the Home button Apple introduced with the iPhone 5s.

    Using a suction cup and pick, we carefully lift the screen. It’s surprisingly easy. We take a look inside. Looks like Apple made some improvements: none of that old cabling in sight. That’s one less thing for us to worry about.

    As we expected, the display connections are hidden under a cover. You can’t disconnect the display until you’ve unscrewed this cover.

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  4. iSight camera

    iPhone 6 - iSight camera 01
    iPhone 6 - iSight camera 02

    The camera is also easy to remove. It’s under a cover and only attached to the logic board by a connector.

    Apple had already made this change for the iPhone 5s. For the iPhone 5, you still had to remove the logic board if you wanted to replace the camera.

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  5. Battery

    iPhone 6 - Battery 01
    iPhone 6 - Battery 02

    Once again, the battery is stuck securely in place in the iPhone. In theory, you can easily pull off the adhesive strips to remove the battery. It’s also a lot easier in practice than it was with the iPhone 5s.

    If you want to install the battery properly again, you’ll have to use new adhesive strips.

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  6. Standby button

    iPhone 6 - Standby button 01
    iPhone 6 - Standby button 02

    It’s also nice that removing the standby switch has gotten easier. Because of its new position on the iPhone’s side panel, you now have enough space to unscrew and screw it in on both sides. In all the previous models, removing it took a lot of patience because the standby button was in the upper corner. This change has made things a lot simpler.

    Both the ambient microphone and the flash are on the standby button cable set.

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  7. Vibration motor

    iPhone 6 - Vibration motor 01
    iPhone 6 - Vibration motor 02

    The most noticeable change so far: Not only is the vibration motor installed in a different place, but its shape is also very different from all the vibration motors installed in earlier iPhones.

    At the same time, the vibration motor is very easy to replace. It’s just under a metal cover that’s screwed in place.

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  8. Speaker

    iPhone 6 - Speaker 01
    iPhone 6 - Speaker 02

    The speaker is just screwed in place so it’s very easy to remove. You don’t even have to remove the logic board.

    The shape of the speaker is a little different from the ones in previous models.

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  9. Lightning connector

    iPhone 6 - Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 6 - Lightning connector 02

    Not much has changed for the Lightning connector: You have to remove several screws, and the cable set is glued in place pretty securely. Be careful if you detach it.

    As previously, the headphone input, microphone, Lightning connector and an antenna cable are attached to a cable harness. For the reasons explained above, there’s no socket for the Home button connector like there was in the iPhone 5s.

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  10. Home button

    iPhone 6 - Home button 01
    iPhone 6 - Home button 02
    iPhone 6 - Home button 03

    Let’s go ahead and remove the Home button. You can’t miss the similarities to the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s.

    First, we remove the metal cover over the Home button, and that’s when we see the next surprise: The Home button connection is connected to the back of the display. As a result, the cable set is pretty short.

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  11. Earpiece and FaceTime camera

    iPhone 6 - Earpiece and FaceTime camera 01
    iPhone 6 - Earpiece and FaceTime camera 02
    iPhone 6 - Earpiece and FaceTime camera 03
    iPhone 6 - Earpiece and FaceTime camera 04

    There’s also a cover over the earpiece, which is located under the cable set for the FaceTime camera. Because both parts are only lightly glued in place, it’s pretty easy to lift them out.

    As usual, the proximity sensor is also on the cable set.

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  12. Rear panel

    iPhone 6 - Rear panel 01

    It’s very easy to unscrew the rear panel and lift it out.

    With the new cabling, you can now clearly see how the Home button is connected to the logic board. The new ribbon cable is routed completely below the rear panel.

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  13. Logic board

    iPhone 6 - Logic board 01
    iPhone 6 - Logic board 02
    iPhone 6 - Logic board 03

    Now we can remove the heart of the iPhone. The shape and structure of the logic board are very similar to those of the three previous models.

    The logic board is screwed in place at several points. Before you can lift it out, you have to remove the SIM card tray, and disconnect the Lightning connector and the antenna cable.

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  14. Volume button

    iPhone 6 - Volume button 01
    iPhone 6 - Volume button 02
    iPhone 6 - Volume button 03
    iPhone 6 - Volume button 04

    Another great detail: You don’t have to remove the logic board to remove the cable for the volume controller. That saves time during repairs, but you do have to remove a little antenna cable.

    Like in previous devices, the cable set is glued to the aluminum enclosure, but relatively easy to detach.

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  15. Summary

    iPhone 6 - Summary 01

    Once again, this iPhone version is easier to repair than the previous models. Some repairs now take fewer steps. We were especially pleased about the following:

    • You don’t need as much force to open the phone and remove the display
    • The cable for the Home button/Touch ID is protected better than in previous models so it’s less likely to get damaged when you open the phone
    • The flexible flat cables for the standby switch and audio jack are now separate and easy to replace
    • You no longer have to remove the logic board to replace the volume cable set. You still have to for the speaker, Lightning connector and iSight camera
    • The new adhesive system makes it much easier to remove the battery
    • It’s also even easier to replace the standby button now that it’s no longer so hard to get at

    From a user’s point of view, the new curved front glass could turn out to be a step backward. Because of its exposed position, the display is even more likely to be damaged if dropped than it was on previous models.

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