Teardown

All the individual parts of the iPhone 6s

  • iPhone 6s
  • 17 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 120 min.
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Introduction

Taking apart the new iPhone 6s down to the last detail. We show you all the exciting parts like the Taptic Engine and the new 3D Touch display, and find out how hard future repairs will be.

Required tool

  • Basic Tool Kit

    Basic Tool Kit

    Do you need to repair your smartphone? This kit includes the tools you need to tackle basic repairs for yourself, from the ESD spudger to the suction cup, as well as the iDoc magnetic pad that holds your screws and small parts in place while you work. Not sure what goes where? Don’t worry – our detailed repair guides tell you what tool to use for each step.

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  • iPhone 6s Display in Black

    iPhone 6s Display in Black

    Replace your iPhone 6s’ broken screen with a new one. This replacement part is a real sight for sore eyes if the glass is cracked, the touchscreen isn’t working, or the LCD stays black or flickers. This powerful LCD display ensures consistent illumination so you can get a good look at your screen even in bright sunlight. Your new display is equipped with stable plug connections to make it easier to connect the LCD and touchscreen cables, while the precise workmanship ensures a perfect fit. As always, we’ve tested this replacement part to make sure it meets our high standards for quality and functionality.

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17 steps
  1. iPhone 6s teardown

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    A year later, it’s that time again: Apple’s new iPhone generation has been available for sale since September 25, 2015. In this guide, we show you the iPhone 6s and disassemble it down to the individual parts. You’ll find out what to expect inside this phone, what has changed, and how hard repairs will be.

    Key iPhone 6s data at a glance:

    • OS: iOS 9.0
    • Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
    • Weight: 143 g
    • Display: Retina HD Display with 3D Touch 4.7" (1334 x 750) 326 ppi
    • RAM : 2 GB
    • Memory: 16/64/128 GB
    • Rear camera: 12 MP (3840 x 2160 pixels)
    • Front camera: 5 MP
    • Battery: 1715 mAh
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  2. Turning off your Device

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    1. Turn your iPhone off completely to avoid damaging it during the repair. Press the standby button for about three seconds until the slider appears.
    2. Wipe it from left to right. Now your iPhone will shut down completely, which can take about ten seconds.
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  3. Removing the enclosure screws

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    Your average iPhone user probably wouldn’t notice any differences from the outside. It’s safe to ignore the differences in size because they’re in tenths of a millimeter. The 7000-series aluminum is the same color. An “S” has simply been added to the back.
    Of course, the new rose-gold color is worth mentioning.

    With all that in mind, it was no surprise that we could open the iPhone in the usual way. As in previous models, you have to remove the two pentalobe screws to the left and right of the Lightning connector first.

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  4. Disconnecting the display

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    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.

    Just like last year, we get started with a suction cup and pick. We carefully lift the screen. It’s not as easy to lift as it used to be because now the edges are also glued down. This change will definitely have a negative effect on our assessment of the reparability.

    After a brief look into the depths of the iPhone, we can breathe easy again: The Home button cable isn’t in the way. Apple stuck to simplification here.

    As you probably already know, the connections are hidden under a silver cover so they can’t come undone.

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  5. Back of the display

    iPhone 6s - Back of the display 01
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    At 60 grams, the iPhone 6s’ display is about 15 grams heavier than the iPhone 6’s display.This is entirely due to the new 3D Touch function. At first glance, almost all the other components look exactly the same.

    In figure 2, you can see the old iPhone 6 display on the left and the new iPhone 6s display on the right. You’ll notice right away that the new LCD shield is the only difference from the previous model.

    But another major change is that there are now just three cable sets on the display. Apple’s trying something new by combining the display and touch cables like in other smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy models.

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  6. Earpiece and FaceTime camera

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    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.

    In figure 2, you can see that the differences are minimal.

    As usual, the proximity sensor, brightness sensor and ambient microphone are on the front camera’s cable set. This camera now has 5 megapixels instead of 1.2 megapixels like in the iPhone 6.

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  7. LCD shield

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    It’s very easy to unscrew the rear panel and lift it out. But like in the iPhone 5c, there’s a little screw hidden in the side at the level of the earpiece.

    The difference is that there’s no cable set for the Home button under the LCD shield. The cable set now runs under the cover below that. It looks like there’s no easy way to remove it.

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  8. Home button

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    iPhone 6s - Home button 03

    Let’s go ahead and remove the Home button. You can’t miss the similarities to the iPhone 6. Unfortunately, you have to take off the LCD shield before you can remove the Home button.You didn’t have to in the previous model. But because we advise you not to replace the Home button for a variety of reasons, it’s not a huge deal.

    In figure 3, you can see the iPhone 6’s Home button on the left and the iPhone 6s’ new Home button to the right of it. There’s no visible difference, but the new version is supposed to identify your fingerprint twice as fast.

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  9. Taptic Engine

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    One of the new highlights is the Taptic Engine, which is also used in the Apple Watch, and can provide very precise, accurate feedback. In combination with 3D Touch, it’s an exciting and helpful new development. We’ll go ahead and say what the disadvantage of this component is: the smaller battery.

    But if the Taptic Engine does give up the ghost, it’s easy to replace.

    In figure 3, you can compare the visual differences directly.

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  10. Battery

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    The battery is fitted very securely in the iPhone 6s. In theory, you can easily pull off the adhesive strips to remove the battery. It’s also easier in practice than it was with the iPhone 6.

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

    In figure 4, you can see the iPhone 6’s battery with 1810 mAh on the left and the iPhone 6s’ new, smaller battery with only 1715 mAh on the right.
    Apple promises that the new phone will still have the same battery life.

    We were really hoping there’d be an improvement here: It’s pretty annoying that you can only use your smartphone for one day

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  11. Speaker

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    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. Key word: Taptic Engine.

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  12. Lightning connector

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

    There is one fundamental change: Now two microphones are installed. We’re interested to see how this will affect the voice quality.

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

    In figure 3, you can see the differences between the two models.

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  13. iSight camera

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    As usual, Apple’s iSight camera, now with 12 megapixels, is relatively easy to remove. It’s only attached to the logic board by a connector and two Phillips screws.

    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.

    In figure 3, you can see the iPhone 6’s camera on the left and the iPhone 6s’ new camera on the right. One more thing you should know is that there are almost 50% more Focus Pixels.

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  14. Logic board

    iPhone 6s - Logic board 01
    iPhone 6s - Logic board 02

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

    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.

    Figure 2 shows the exact differences: iPhone 6 on the left, iPhone 6s on the right.

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  15. Volume and standby buttons

    iPhone 6s - Volume and standby buttons 01
    iPhone 6s - Volume and standby buttons 02

    Another major change is the return to combining the volume and mute cable with the standby cable. Before, you could replace the volume and mute cable separately from the standby cable without having to remove the logic board.

    In figure 2, you can see the iPhone 6’s two cable sets on the left and the iPhone 6s’ new cable set on the right.

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  16. Summary

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    Despite the major similarities to the earlier iPhone 6, we noticed a few negative aspects. First of all, Apple uses additional adhesive strips to attach the display to the frame. We didn’t notice any disadvantages in this part of the previous model, so this glue is probably intended to keep people from opening the smartphone. In order to remove the logic board, you need a very small pair of pliers of a miniature Allen key. These tools aren’t exactly household items.
    What’s more, the standby cable set has been combined with the mute/volume cable set, which you now have to take out the logic board to remove. This means longer repair times and having to replace components that still work.

    Overall, the phone is still pretty easy to repair, but not as easy as the iPhone 6.

    We were pleased about the following:

    • Compared to other manufacturers’ models, the display is relatively easy to remove, even though it’s harder than on the iPhone 6.
    • Taking off the display offers you access to the entire interior.
    • It’s very easy to replace the battery. The adhesive strips are less likely to tear when you pull them off.

    We weren’t so happy about these aspects:

    • Display is lightly glued on
    • Miniature Allen key needed to remove the logic board
    • A lot of screws

    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.

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  17. Comparison of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s

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    iPhone 6 on the left, iPhone 6s on the right

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