After, a huge , and a full week with Apple’s new and , you’d think we’d know everything about the company’s latest phones. But new details keep trickling out. (Did you can charge faster )
Now, we’re seeing the first teardown experts rip apart the iPhone 8 to show us its gleaming guts, and we’ve learned a few brand-new things as a result. So here’s what iFixit discovered in their brand-new teardown.
1) The iPhone 8’s battery is… smaller?
Yep. While Apple claims you’ll get the same battery life from an iPhone 8 as an iPhone 7, iFixit discovered the new phone actually has a smaller-capacity Lithium-ion battery pack inside.
It’s rated at 6.96 watt-hours (roughly 1822mAh), compared to the 7.45Wh (1960mAh) battery you’d find in an iPhone 7.
Those numbers line up with documents Apple filed with Tenaa, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC.
2) The iPhone 8 modem is technically Gigabit LTE-ready
Why didn’t Apple future-proof the iPhone 8 for the latest, greatest high-speed cellular networks? We may never know.
What makes it doubly frustrating: The chips inside at least some iPhone 8 models are technically capable of doing so. iFixit discovered a Qualcomm X16 modem inside its iPhone 8 WTR5975 RF transciever chip designed to complement it in Gigabit LTE phones., and the Qualcomm
Does that mean the iPhone 8 could be updated to support Gigabit LTE? Not likely. Particularly if, as rumored and as Apple has done before, some iPhones use Intel modems instead of Qualcomm ones. (Intel doesn’t have a Gigabit LTE modem yet.)
You might want to check outabout the Apple-Qualcomm legal spat, because it may have something to do with why the new iPhones don’t have this technology. (At least LTE-Advanced, , is pretty fast.)
3) If that glass back cracks, it won’t be easy to replace
iFixit had a heck of a time prying off the iPhone 8’s new rear cover glass, which is attached to a steel reinforcement plate with what appears to be loads of glue. The repair firm tried to soften it, but wound up having to slice through with a knife — damaging the metal a bit in the process.
Sure, will probably charge $99 to repair a cracked glass back — even if you’ve got AppleCare+., but it means you’d have a heck of a time replacing the glass yourself. Which also explains why Apple
Curious what a thoroughly cracked iPhone 8 looks like? It’s not a pretty sight:
4) How the iPhone’s wireless charging works
What’s the quickest way to an iPhone 8’s heart? Through the charging coil!
That’s what iFixit and friends discovered when they X-rayed the new iPhone: