The iPhone 8 has just about started making its way into the hands of customers in selected parts of the world, and the folks over at iFixit have already gone ahead and posted a teardown of the handset. To be able to get their hands on the handset so early, the iFixit team flew to Australia since due to a time zone difference, new iPhones and other Apple devices first go on sale in the continent.
The team is still in the process of tearing down a gold iPhone 8 that it managed to get its hands on. While we will have to wait for their final teardown analysis, a quick overview suggests that the iPhone 8 is — internally and externally — very similar to the iPhone 7. The layout of the internal components remains largely the same, with a Qi charging coil placed on top of the logic board and battery being the only new addition.
The teardown also confirms the iPhone 8 comes with a 3.82V 6.96Whr/1821mAh battery, which makes it a fair bit smaller than the 1960mAh battery found on the iPhone 7. Despite the smaller battery, Apple says the iPhone 8 should offer about the same battery life as iPhone 7. The teardown also confirms the iPhone 8 comes with 2GB RAM and Qualcomm’s MDM9655 X16 LTE modem. Apple had previously sourced modem for certain variants of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from Intel and it remains to be seen if the company is taking a similar approach this time around as well or not.
It seems unlikely that the iPhone 8 will feature any major internal layout changes when compared to the iPhone 7. The introduction of a glass back at the rear is the only major external design change on the device which was needed to allow for wireless charging. Otherwise, the handset has the same design language as the iPhone 7 before it.
In the end, the iFixit team gave the iPhone 8 a repairability score of 6 out of 10. This is lower than the usual repairability score of 7 or 8 previous iPhones have usually scored. The reduction in score is due to the glass back which can easily crack while taking apart the phone.
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