Teardown: What’s All the (iPhone 6s) Plus About?

We’re in the 11th hour of teardowns, literally. We’re very sleepy, so we’ll skip the song and dance and just tell you what’s inside the iPhone 6s Plus. Drumroll please…

• The display assembly on the 6s Plus weighs in at 80 g—while on last year’s 6 Plus, it weighed a measly 60 g. This astonishing 33% increase in weight is all because of Apple’s new 3D Touch technology. That’s some heavy stuff.

• The battery capacity sits at 2750 mAh; a modest 165 mAh downgrade compared to last year’s 6 Plus. Despite the downgrade, Apple claims battery life will be comparable ​to that of​ the 6 Plus.

• The iPhone 6s Plus—like its iPhone 6s brethren—inherits a 7 out of 10 on the Repairability scale.

iPhone 6s Plus teardown showing battery capacity
  • iPhone 6s Plus Chips:
    • Apple A9 APL1022 SoC + SK Hynix LPDDR4 RAM
    • Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE Cat. 6 Modem
    • TriQuint TQF6405 Power Amplifier Module
    • Skyworks SKY77812 Power Amplifer Module
    • TriQuint TQF6405 Power Amplifier Module
    • Skyworks SKY77812 Power Amplifer Module
    • Avago AFEM-8030 Power Amplifier Module
    • Qualcomm QFE1000 Envelope Tracking IC
    • SK Hynix H230DG8UD1ACS 16 GB NAND Flash
    • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00043 Wi-Fi Module
    • NXP 66V10 NFC Controller
    • Apple/Dialog 338S00122 Power Management IC
    • Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00105 Audio IC
    • Qualcomm PMD9635 Power Management IC
    • Skyworks SKY77357 Power Amplifier Module
    • Murata 240 Front-End Module
    • RF Micro Devices RF5150 Antenna Switch
    • NXP 1610A3
    • Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S1285 Audio IC
    • Texas Instruments 65730AOP Power Management IC
    • Qualcomm WTR3925 Radio Frequency Transceiver
    • Skyworks SKY13701 WLAN Front-End Module
    • Texas Instruments TI 57A5KXI

These are just the teardown highlights. You can catch our full analysis at the teardown.