Once we went hands-on with the iPhone XS and XS Max, we had been primarily struck by how related they felt to the iPhone X—significantly the iPhone XS. However it seems that inside, it is the iPhone XS that diverges with an uncommon new battery design. iFixit tore down each telephones and offered evaluation and beautiful photos as at all times. Be sure you try their full teardown, however a number of highlights stand out.

Let’s be clear: each of those telephones are the iPhone X in additional methods than not. Final 12 months introduced that quasi-radical redesign of Apple’s product, however what was quasi-radical in 2017 is commonplace in 2018. A lot of the elements in each telephones are the identical, or very shut, to what we noticed within the iPhone X. Small modifications embrace an added antenna band on the underside of every gadget close to the Lightning port (which iFixit speculates has to do with Gigabit LTE), a 32 % bigger broad angle sensor and elevated pixel dimension for the rear digital camera in each telephones, and a bigger taptic engine and prolonged logic board within the iPhone XS Max.

As famous, the actually attention-grabbing change is within the iPhone XS’ battery. Just like the iPhone X, each new telephones have an L-shaped recess to accommodate their batteries. However whereas the iPhone X had (and the iPhone XS Max nonetheless has) a double-battery configuration—one for the vertical line of the L and the opposite for the horizontal—the iPhone XS has one L-shaped battery. That form is not simply uncommon as a result of it is an L; this is just a bit little bit of what iFixit mentioned in a separate article concerning the battery:

The problem with any lithium-polymer battery cell is that every nook must be sealed to forestall undue stress from thermal enlargement—and for the reason that battery of the XS has 6 sides vs. the normal four, these further corners will be tough. To cut back the stress on the corners, Apple notched the interior nook of the battery.

The iPhone XS’ battery capability is definitely very barely lowered in comparison with that of the iPhone X—2,659 mAh to the iPhone X’s 2716 mAh—however the iPhone XS Max’s battery is comparatively beastly at three,179 mAh, which is smart given its considerably bigger show. Apple claims barely improved battery life in each telephones over what we noticed final 12 months.

iFixit gave each telephones a six repairability rating out of 10, noting that crucial show and battery repairs are nonetheless a precedence within the design and that the show will be eliminated with out eradicating the TrueDepth array. Nevertheless, the bump to IP68 waterproofing makes repairs just a bit tougher, and the back and front are nonetheless made of massive glass panels.

Search for our overview of the iPhone X and XS Max within the later a part of subsequent week.

Itemizing picture by iFixit

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