Skip to main content

Fix Your Stuff

Right to Repair

Parts & Tools

Changes to Step #21

Edit by Jeff Suovanen

Edit approved by Jeff Suovanen

Before
After
Unchanged

Step Lines

[* black] '''Teardown update!''' It turns out this logic board has a secret weapon: tiny seals surround each of the cable connectors. (They look like black foam hedges surrounding each of the gold connectors.) What can it mean?
[* black] Answer: we think those are '''''waterproof siliconsilicone seals'''''. They appear to match a [http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2015/03/apple-invents-a-waterproofing-method-for-future-idevices-using-hydrophobic-conformal-coatings-and-silicon-seals.html|patent Apple filed back in March|new_window=true] for waterproofing board-to-board connectors.
[* black] '''Teardown update!''' It turns out this logic board has a secret weapon: tiny seals surround each of the cable connectors. (They look like black foam hedges surrounding each of the gold connectors.) What can it mean?
[* black] Answer: we think those are '''''waterproof siliconsilicone seals'''''. They appear to match a [http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2015/03/apple-invents-a-waterproofing-method-for-future-idevices-using-hydrophobic-conformal-coatings-and-silicon-seals.html|patent Apple filed back in March|new_window=true] for waterproofing board-to-board connectors.
[* icon_note] When it comes to liquid damage, those cable connectors are among the most vulnerable parts of the phone.
[* black] This would seem to explain [http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/28/iphone-6s-water-resistance-tests/|recent tests|new_window=true] showing the 6s and 6s Plus to be dramatically more resistant to liquid damage.