iPhone 6 Plus Teardown

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Over the years, we've seen the iPhone evolve—and grow. It began as just the iPhone. Soon it learned how to 3G, it gained an S (it would lose and gain this every other year), and it even learned to read fingerprints. Years of hard work and dedication have made the iPhone into what it is today, the iPhone 6 Plus. Join us live as we explore this gargantuan iPhone 6 Plus.

Oh, were you looking for the normal-sized iPhone 6 teardown? We've got that, too.

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Image 1/2: Apple A8 processor with 64-bit architecture

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  • Ladies and gentlemen, the time is nigh. Today, we stand among a select few in the shadow of a colossus, the iPhone 6 Plus. But what makes this enormous phone special? We're glad you asked:

    • Apple A8 processor with 64-bit architecture

    • M8 second-generation motion coprocessor

    • 16, 64, or 128 GB onboard storage capacity

    • 5.5-inch 1920x1080 pixels (401 ppi) Retina HD display

    • 8 MP iSight camera (with 1.5µ pixels, phase-detection autofocus, and optical image stabilization) and a 1.2 MP FaceTime camera

    • Touch ID home button fingerprint sensor, barometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor

    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 + NFC + 20-band LTE

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Image 1/3: The line was already 50 people strong yesterday around 1 PM local Aussie time.

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  • News flash from the Land Down Under:

  • The line was already 50 people strong yesterday around 1 PM local Aussie time.

  • By 7 AM there were close to a thousand people in line.

  • Our teardown team was #53 in line, and the Apple Store only had 40 iPhone 6 Plus models in stock.

  • But hey, no worries—we got our hands on an iPhone 6 Plus, all thanks to a wonderful Australian iFixit fan named Ricky. Thanks Ricky!

    • It turns out Ricky is not related to this Ricky.

  • After our little Apple Store adventure, we skedaddled back to MacFixit Australia, where the teardown's taking place. We want to send out a big thanks to our good friends at MacFixit for letting us use their office. They stock Mac and iPhone upgrades/accessories, and also carry our iFixit toolkits. Thanks MacFixit Australia!

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Image 1/1: The iPhone 6 Plus measures in at 158.1 mm long, 77.8 mm wide, and 7.1 mm thick. Quite literally [http://www.chacha.com/question/what-are-the-dimensions-of-a-poptart|bigger than a Pop-Tart|new_window=true].

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  • Coming soon to a supermarket near you, the iPhone 6 Plus Pop-Tarts Bluetooth/NFC speaker.

  • The iPhone 6 Plus measures in at 158.1 mm long, 77.8 mm wide, and 7.1 mm thick. Quite literally bigger than a Pop-Tart.

    • At 7.1 mm, it's the thicker of the new crop of iPhones—but thickness is the one dimension in which it undercuts last year's iPhone 5s, which measured 7.6 mm.

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Image 1/3: The iPhone 6 Plus is identified by its model number: A1524.

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  • Just like the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 Plus is available in three different colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. Of course we went for the Gold.

  • The iPhone 6 Plus is identified by its model number: A1524.

  • Much to the distress of some reviewers, both iPhone 6 models feature a noticable camera "bump". It seems that Apple was unable to shave enough thickness off of the camera sensor to keep it flush with the rest of the chassis. The lens cover may be made out of sapphire glass, but we're still concerned about what this design choice might mean for durability.

  • Much like the HTC One M8, the iPhone 6 Plus features two plastic antenna stripes on the outer case. These stripes help with wireless reception that would otherwise be blocked by an all-metal outer case.

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Image 1/1: While proprietary screws are not our favorite, we are happy that we don't have to go straight to heat.

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  • It seems Apple is reluctant to switch from Pentalobe screws to good ol' regular Phillips screws. Luckily, we brought our Pro Tech Screwdriver Set to remove those pesky Pentalobe screws.

    • While proprietary screws are not our favorite, we are happy that we don't have to go straight to heat.

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Image 1/3: We proceed cautiously, remembering the [guide|17383|surprise|stepid=52330|new_window=true] from last time.

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  • It's iSclack time! This handy tool allows us to easily shuck the display assembly from the rear enclosure.

  • We proceed cautiously, remembering the surprise from last time.

  • With no noticeable booby traps, we proceed to open our little gold treasure chest.

    • Apple's rerouting of the Touch ID sensor cable recalls the cleaner design (and safer opening procedure) of the iPhone 5—the iPhone with the highest repairability score to date.

  • Much like iPhones of the past, the display assembly cables are held securely to the logic board by a metal bracket.

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Image 1/1: The internal layout of the iPhone 6 Plus appears to be similar to the 5s, but we immediately notice the sheer size of the battery. Based on its volume alone, we suspect the iPhone 6 Plus will be no slouch when it comes to battery life.

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  • With the display assembly removed, we get our first look at the innards of the iPhone 6 Plus.

    • The internal layout of the iPhone 6 Plus appears to be similar to the 5s, but we immediately notice the sheer size of the battery. Based on its volume alone, we suspect the iPhone 6 Plus will be no slouch when it comes to battery life.

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Image 1/3: This design is on-par with [guide|24983|last year's home button]—modular, if a bit time-consuming to get to in the event of a repair.

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  • The home button assembly is secured by a metal bracket. Removing the bracket allows us to simply pop the home button off the front panel assembly.

  • This design is on-par with last year's home button—modular, if a bit time-consuming to get to in the event of a repair.

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  • The front-facing camera is part of a larger cable assembly, which includes the earpiece speaker, microphone, and ambient light sensor. Both reside on the front panel assembly.

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Image 1/1: In a big win for repairability, Apple has completely redesigned how the home button connects to the main board. Gone is the [link|https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/liGxTLGCNPv2XIMO|awkwardly short and fragile cable] of the iPhone 5s days. Instead, Apple has made the effort to run the home button cable all the way to the opposite end of the phone. We're quite happy to see this improvement!

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  • Next we decide to remove the metal plate from the front panel assembly.

  • In a big win for repairability, Apple has completely redesigned how the home button connects to the main board. Gone is the awkwardly short and fragile cable of the iPhone 5s days. Instead, Apple has made the effort to run the home button cable all the way to the opposite end of the phone. We're quite happy to see this improvement!

    • We can't think of a reason to extend the cable this way except to improve repairability. Thank you, Apple.

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Image 1/3: The battery connector is covered by a metal bracket, which we dispose of using our metal tweezers.

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  • The next logical step is to remove the battery from the iPhone 6 Plus.

  • The battery connector is covered by a metal bracket, which we dispose of using our metal tweezers.

  • Near the bottom of the battery, we locate some sticky pull tabs.

  • Here's what we know about sticky iPhone battery pull tabs: pull it right, and it is super easy; pull it wrong, and it is the end of the world.

  • This adhesive is similar to a 3M Command adhesive, and when you pull the tab correctly it shears the entire strip off.

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Image 1/3: In line with rumors, the battery is rated at 3.82 V and 11.1 Wh of energy, for a total of 2915 mAh—nearly double the capacity of the 1560 mAh unit in the iPhone 5s, and slightly larger than the 2800 mAh burner in the Galaxy S5.

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  • After saying the magic words, the 43-gram, 4.7" x 1.9" x 0.13" battery mystically lifts off the rear case enclosure.

  • In line with rumors, the battery is rated at 3.82 V and 11.1 Wh of energy, for a total of 2915 mAh—nearly double the capacity of the 1560 mAh unit in the iPhone 5s, and slightly larger than the 2800 mAh burner in the Galaxy S5.

  • Between the larger battery and improvements in power efficiency, Apple touts a talk time of up to 24 hours on 3G, and 384 hours of standby time.

  • The battery found in the Plus is larger than the standard iPhone 6's 6.91 Wh, 1810 mAh battery—which explains the longer life, despite the much larger screen.

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Image 1/3: Do you remember [product|IF145-259|Jimmy|new_window=true]? Of course you do. Everyone remembers Jimmy. With the help of Jimmy, we pry open the vibrator assembly.

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  • This is new! We have something new! The vibrator assembly is located to the right of the battery, below the logic board.

  • Do you remember Jimmy? Of course you do. Everyone remembers Jimmy. With the help of Jimmy, we pry open the vibrator assembly.

  • Thanks Jimmy! Inside we find a delicate array of copper coils. They create alternating magnetic fields that shake a permanent magnet mass, which rides on a couple of springs.

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Image 1/3: The back of the iSight camera is labeled DNL432 70566F MKLAB.

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  • The rear-facing camera is easily dispatched with a pair of tweezers.

  • The back of the iSight camera is labeled DNL432 70566F MKLAB.

  • Just like the iPhone 5s, the 6 Plus features an 8 MP (with 1.5µ pixels) ƒ/2.2 aperture rear-facing camera. The 6 Plus brings two new additions to the table: optical image stabilization, and "Focus Pixel" phase-detection autofocus.

    • Phase-detection autofocus has been around for awhile in DSLRs, but is relatively new to smartphones. However, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus aren't the first to feature it — the Samsung Galaxy S5 had it first.

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  • Such wiggles. Much wiggles.

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Image 1/2: Using a plastic opening tool and some steady fingers, we remove the camera housing.

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  • Apple loves to focus on their cameras, touting the iPhone as the world's most popular camera in their Keynote. So what's behind the lens? Let's take a peek...

  • Using a plastic opening tool and some steady fingers, we remove the camera housing.

  • While it may not look like much here, the updates found in the iPhone 6 Plus's camera (along with the increased storage) have piqued the interest of amateur and indie filmmakers. We just hope this camera is ready for its closeup...

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Image 1/2: Beneath the lens we see the camera's sensor.

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  • A deeper look at the inside of the rear-facing camera reveals just what we expect: a small lens.

  • Beneath the lens we see the camera's sensor.

  • The key feature differentiating this camera from that of the standard iPhone 6 is optical image stabilization—a technology we've seen before. The lens element on the left is nested into a tiny metal cage, nudged to and fro by the electromagnetic coils surrounding the sensor on the right.

  • Constant readings from the gyroscope and the M8 motion coprocessor give the iPhone 6 Plus detailed data on the movements of your shaky human hands, allowing it to compensate by rapidly moving the lens assembly. Result: sharper, clearer photos, even in low-light environments.

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Image 1/3: But before we finish, we're reminded to spudger away an antenna connector from the back of the logic board.

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  • It's about time we remove the logic board, secured tightly to the rear case enclosure by a few screws.

  • But before we finish, we're reminded to spudger away an antenna connector from the back of the logic board.

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Image 1/2: Apple A8 [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=APP-APL1011&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=|APL1011|new_window=true] SoC + Elpida 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM (as denoted by the markings EDF8164A3PM-GD-F)

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  • Let's identify some ICs on the front side of the logic board:

    • Apple A8 APL1011 SoC + Elpida 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM (as denoted by the markings EDF8164A3PM-GD-F)

    • Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE Modem

    • Skyworks 77802-23 Low Band LTE PAD

    • Avago ACPM-8020 High Band PAD

    • Avago ACPM-8010 Ultra High Band PA + FBARs

    • TriQuint TQF6410 3G EDGE Power Amplifier Module

    • InvenSense MP67B 6-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer Combo

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Image 1/1: Qualcomm [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=QUA-QFE1100&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=|QFE1100|new_window=true] Envelope Tracking IC

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  • More ICs on the front of the logic board:

    • Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking IC

    • RF Micro Devices RF5159 Antenna Switch Module

    • Skyworks SKY77356-8 Mid Band PAD

    • Bosch Sensortec BMA280 3-Axis Accelerometer

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Image 1/1: SK Hynix [https://www.skhynix.com/inc/pdfDownload.jsp?path=/datasheet/Databook/Databook_2Q%272014_All.pdf|H2JTDG8UD1BMS|new_window=true] 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND Flash

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  • Back of the logic board.

    • SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMS 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND Flash

    • Murata 339S0228 Wi-Fi Module

    • Apple/Dialog 338S1251-AZ Power Management IC

    • Broadcom BCM5976 Touchscreen Controller

    • NXP LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller (also known as the M8 motion coprocessor)

    • NXP 65V10 NFC module + Secure Element (likely contains an NXP PN544 NFC controller inside)

    • Qualcomm WTR1625L RF Transceiver

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Image 1/2: Qualcomm [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=QUA-WFR1620|WFR1620|new_window=true] receive-only companion chip. Qualcomm [https://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/files/the-qualcomm-difference.pdf|states|new_window=true] that the WFR1620 is "required for  implementation of carrier aggregation with WTR1625L."

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  • More ICs on the back of the logic board:

    • Qualcomm WFR1620 receive-only companion chip. Qualcomm states that the WFR1620 is "required for implementation of carrier aggregation with WTR1625L."

    • Qualcomm PM8019 Power Management IC

    • Texas Instruments 343S0694 Touch Transmitter

    • AMS AS3923 NFC Booster IC

    • Cirrus Logic 338S1201 Audio Codec

    • Bosch Sensortec BMP280

  • A big and hearty mega-thanks to our pals at Chipworks for helping us ID all of this tech. We definitely couldn't have done it without them!

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Image 1/3: The modularity of the speaker design is appreciated, even if its markings are inscrutable. The manufacturing origins of this speaker remain shrouded in secrecy, for now.

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  • The iPhone 6 Plus's solitary speaker comes out next.

  • The modularity of the speaker design is appreciated, even if its markings are inscrutable. The manufacturing origins of this speaker remain shrouded in secrecy, for now.

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Image 1/3: Cable packages like this are great in terms of space-saving, but not-so-great when your headphone jack decides it doesn't like being pulled on every day.

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  • The Lightning connector assembly is comprised of the headphone jack, Lightning connector, and a few antenna connectors.

  • Cable packages like this are great in terms of space-saving, but not-so-great when your headphone jack decides it doesn't like being pulled on every day.

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  • We turn our focus to the top of the rear case enclosure, where a plethora of antennas await. These antennas prove to be no match for our trusty tweezers though.

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Image 1/3: Both assemblies consist of tiny components strung on thin, fragile cables like twinkle lights.

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  • As we near the end of the teardown, we come across both the power button ribbon cable assembly and the volume button ribbon cable assembly.

  • Both assemblies consist of tiny components strung on thin, fragile cables like twinkle lights.

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Image 1/2: Similar gaskets surround the volume buttons. Altogether, this seems to represent a move toward increased water/dust resistance, and therefore improved durability.

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  • We're button-pushers around here, so we took particular interest in this fancy new rubber gasket surrounding the power button.

  • Similar gaskets surround the volume buttons. Altogether, this seems to represent a move toward increased water/dust resistance, and therefore improved durability.

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Image 1/2: Continuing the trend from the iPhone 5 series, the display assembly comes out of the phone first, simplifying screen repairs.

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  • We have slain the giant. The iPhone 6 Plus earned a respectable seven out of ten, an improvement over the iPhone 5s. Here's why:

  • Continuing the trend from the iPhone 5 series, the display assembly comes out of the phone first, simplifying screen repairs.

  • The battery is straightforward to access. Removing it requires a proprietary pentalobe screwdriver and knowledge of the adhesive removal technique, but is not difficult.

  • The fingerprint sensor cable has been re-routed, fixing a significant repairability issue with the iPhone 5s and making the phone much safer to open. (On the 5s, the cable is easily torn if a user is not careful while opening the phone.)

  • The iPhone 6 Plus still uses proprietary Pentalobe screws on the exterior, requiring a specialty screwdriver to remove.

  • Apple does not share repair information for the iPhone 6 Plus with independent repair shops or consumers.

140 Comments

How much is the Ram?1G?2G?

jamdali5 - Reply

If this has 1GB of RAM, it's going to be bricked like iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 with 3GS specs and 4x pixels can't run iOS7, like iPhone 4S can't handle iOS8, like iPad 1's 256MB of RAM, like iPad 3 with 4x pixels on iPad 2 specs. iPhone 5 will run iOS11 fine with 1GB and iPhone 6 Plus will lag with less available memory.

iphone6splus -

amount on ram in 6+???

bowsa2511 - Reply

Ram of CPU is 1 GB

Joel Morales -

RAM is 1 GB, that's been confirmed by several people already (including Macworld).

Eric - Reply

I'm guessing 1 gig for the ram

Steve - Reply

Macworld didn't confirm it. They said it appears to be 1GB.

iphone6splus - Reply

Android Users be like: Please let it be 1 gig memory...Apple Users like: Oh no,hopefully he does not scratch it.

Steve - Reply

Shame that Android users weren't bright enough to realise that a phone based of [a ripoff] Java machine is going to need absurd amounts of memory. Which is why Android phones fail so badly when the user runs multiple applications.

henry3dogg -

INVN OIS in the rear facing camera?

Dre1107 - Reply

You guys used a 54-bit toolkit to repair a 64-bit phone? That's not enough power! You need an upgrade! :-D

zeromeus - Reply

YES! You need at least 128 bits.

Ari Porad -

iPhone 6 4.7 inch model teardown too? Or only Plus for now? Even thought it's the same internals on the board it's a different design after that.

Alec - Reply

We're doing the 6 Plus first. Fret not, the iPhone 6 isn't getting off the hook. :)

Jeff Suovanen -

RAM is 1G according to the part no. F8164A3PM-GD-F (8 stands for 8Gb=1GB)

Benson - Reply

16 stands for 16Gb=2GB

iphone6splus -

'8' stands for 8Gb=1GB (for 2GB SDRAM, the part no. will be 'A')

"64" stands for 64-bit data width (for 32-bit SDRAM, the part no. will be "32")

The datasheet of Elpida SDRAM can be found here: http://www.micron.com/-/media/documents/...

Benson -

F8164A3PM had 0 results. You should've said EDF8164A3PM. Thanks for the link!

iphone6splus -

Where do you see that in this article?

fish -

It's on the A8 chip. Step 15, image 2.

iphone6splus -

Ah, unfortunate. This is my first iphone, !&&* my last android I bought a bit over two years ago had double the ram of this. Oh well, so it goes

fish -

The part no. of SDRAM (F8164A3PM-GD-F) can be found on the right of Apple A8 SOC.

According to the datasheet, F is the product family (Mobile LPDDR3 SDRAM); A is the power supply interface (1.8V and 1.2V); 3 is the revision; PM is the package code.

This SDRAM should be a customized product with customized package (the SDRAM in Apple A7 SOC is F8164A1PD while the standard part no. is F8164A1MA).

Benson -

Benson, you made it on MacRumors, congrats. http://www.macrumors.com/2014/09/18/ipho...

iphone6splus -

They know all we care about is the RAM. But its been largely already confirmed to be 1 gig, probably 99% confirmed.

fish - Reply

Thanks for doing this!!!

TechRx - Reply

Will they open the A8 SoC to check suppliers???

DeandreCole - Reply

ram is 1gb, been confirmed by many, here's one http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.p...

minh - Reply

INVENSENSE OIS in the rear camera?

steve - Reply

Is the speaker louder than the iPhone 5s?

Alex Ortiz - Reply

Optical image stabilization by Invensense?!?

nann - Reply

Is the tear down complete? Who won the gyro/accelerometer? Invensense?

steve - Reply

InvenSense did indeed supply the gyro/accelerometer.

Geoff Wacker -

Does anyone know where you can buy that camera assembly?

Jason McMinn - Reply

What about compass and the advertised barometer?

Pavel - Reply

Take look at the position of the pressure sensor:

http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?sectio...

Joe Ortaniak -

So what's inside the Murata wi-fi module? Based on the marking, it looks pretty similar from IP5s's wi-fi module (with Broadcom's chipset). Can you please confirm? Thanks.

Chris - Reply

can you check to see if the camera ring is magnetic in anyway ?? there was a patent filed back in jan 2014 for a similar magnetic ring by apple. and the ring is what ether keeps the camera steady or what holds on different lenses. i think this is maybe why the camera protrudes.

misterkrad - Reply

dt40 please elaborate on this "making fat stacks". You have my attention...

Jonathan Bell - Reply

Any snapshot of the internals so I can use it as my wallpaper when I get the phone? Thanks.

WL Wong - Reply

Could you identify display manufacturer?

Kerem Dagdelen - Reply

Where is the NFC antenna? How small it is to put into iphone?

Jay - Reply

It involves the entire top frame, looks pretty complex.

Tom Chai -

Step 19: InvenSense MP67B 6-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer Combo

RJG - Reply

I would say MP576 from zoom of photo

Anthony -

I'm amazed at how people do not understand RAM usage in a modern OS. Android still suffers from outdated methods, so it needs more RAM. iOS and WP do not need more RAM. More RAM would provide zero benefit.

scottwilkins - Reply

Tell that to me next time your safari tabs reload after you load 3 simultaneously.

Joey Geraci -

Be reasonable Scott. If he was bright enough to understand that, he wouldn't have bought Android in the first place.

henry3dogg -

Android can do more at once, its not an outdated method, its flexibility. iOS and WP are simpler, which suits their userbase..

chrisM -

He's right. Java requires an absurd amount of RAM since it is an interpreted language, meaning that your phone has to recompile an application every few seconds! But iPhone runs on C++ which is super conservative with ram and in all honesty, all iPhone apps only need at max 312mb of ram while Android uses the whole lot.

Joshua Sandoval -

Any idea what the layer count of the circuit board is?

Steve - Reply

So is this USB 3.0 capable?

Fee Knix - Reply

The USB 3 extension, USB Type-C will attempt to bring USB 3 up to the level of the Lightning connector.

henry3dogg -

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Constant readings from the gyroscope and the M8 motion coprocessor give the iPhone 6 Plus detailed data on the movements of your shaky human hands, allowing it to compensate by rapidly moving the lens assembly. Result: sharper, clearer photos, even in low-light environments.

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I am still puzzled by the fact that both models have the M8 and MP67B chips. So, why do you say that OIS is only in the 6+ model?

DoubleBagel - Reply

The best part about the iPhone 6 plus is it's size. I think Apple are really out there satisfying two variants of customers - those who prefer large screens and those who are comfortable with the smaller screens. Also, I kinda found this awesome site that is already giving them away in Dubai before everyone else. You guys should check em' out - http://www.alshop.com/apple-iphone-6

Akhil Arun Kumar - Reply

Can you do an itemised list of all the components so we know how much it costs to manufacture botth iPhone 6 & plus.

teradil - Reply

Wait.. There is no strengthening frame in this thing, they are relying on the aluminium back for strength? Is that why there are reports of so many bent and damaged phones? Thats just bad design.

chrisM - Reply

@ifixit: what's the thickness of the rear case enclosure?

Homer - Reply

Why are people so caught up on the RAM? It's like assuming that a V6 engine is going to be better than a turbo charged 4-cylinder solely because it has more cylinders. It's all about what you can do with it. Yeah, the iPhone 6 only has 1GB of RAM but with Apple's know-how it's like getting the speed & performance of a V8 but with the gas mileage of a 4-cylinder engine. It's win-win. It's great that your phone has 4 or more GB of RAM but that doesn't stop my 1GB phone from blowing your battery covers off in the Geek Bench 1/4 mile.

jkoobers - Reply

Is there a way to improve wifi signal by using a longer antenna?

Oozi - Reply

Is there a way to improve wifi signal by replacing the antenna with a longer one or by some other method?

Oozi - Reply

Is there a way to improv wifi signal with a longer antenna or by any any other means?

Oozi - Reply

Where is the memory card?

Jalen Thomas - Reply

Is this true? anyone heard or read about this? please confirm if you have time

http://www.supermorgy.com/2014/11/iphone...

johanna palisoc - Reply

Apple's website seems to suggest the various flavours of iPhone 6 Plus have support from 3 up to 6 separate mobile standards (A1522 vs. A1524 vs. CDMA vs. GSM flavours). From the chips you saw in the teardown, do you think the various support indicates hardware variations for each model? Or do you think the hardware is the same for all models, and the flavours are a result of the regional firmware installed?

Nico - Reply

Anyway to tell the clock speed difference between iPhone 6 and 6 plus ..bcoz 6 plus has such more pixels to deal with...so I think speed should be different

Sahil - Reply

is that the same touch screen controller from Texas Instruments they are using since the first iPhone ever???

Syd Pao - Reply

LCD Display Digitizer Touch Screen Extension Testing Flex Cable for iPhone 6 Plus at http://www.laimarket.com/lcd-display-dig...

Dean - Reply

LCD Display Digitizer Touch Screen Extension Testing Flex Cable at http://www.laimarket.com/lcd-display-dig...

Dean - Reply

Which Bluetooth Chipset is used in 6 Plus

Krishna Tawar - Reply

Beau boulot Cool !☺

aikidomisogidojo - Reply

They know all we care about is the RAM. But its been largely already confirmed to be 1 gig, probably 99% confirmed. http://www.crazydeals.com

Komal Khan - Reply

I'm pretty sure the lens cover is no longer made of sapphire. Can you guys confirm that?

Joey Geraci - Reply

Apple's technical specification explicitly states that it IS sapphire.

https://www.apple.com/iphone-6/specs/

henry3dogg -

any word on the display maker/materials?

some - Reply

If this has 1GB of RAM, it's going to be bricked like iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 with 3GS specs and 4x pixels can't run iOS7, like iPhone 4S can't handle iOS8, like iPad 1's 256MB of RAM, like iPad 3 with 4x pixels on iPad 2 specs. iPhone 5 will run iOS11 fine with 1GB and iPhone 6 Plus will lag with less available memory, it need a iphone cleanup tool.

cleanupiphone - Reply

I'm a little confused.. Shouldn't there be mroe of a teardown on the screen? Seems the backplate on the LCD would have some ribboncable hidden beneath it?

MobiFix - Reply

Can the front camera b removed without interupting the function of the earpiece speaker?

lzsdn - Reply

My iphone 6 plus has a webbed screen however everything works 100%. I bought a replacement "glass front screen" off ebay and attempted to replace it yesterday. It appears that the front glass screen is glued onto the backplate. Can you confirm? I can provide an image of the screen I bought on ebay if that helps. Thanks

Aruba1 - Reply

Apple is most likely primarily focused on the ease of assembly rather than ease of repair.

Hacked2123 - Reply

Exactly. A short cable that has to be attached like the iPhone 5S means a time-robbing assembly step that's done in tight situations.

Making the cable long may cost 10 cents more in materials costs, but if it saves the worker 20 seconds of time, it increases manufacturing throughput of that worker and thus makes up for the extra cost.

Worf - Reply

Is it Possible to remove the Logic Board right after removing the screen without having to remove the battery or anything else?

Aaron Richey - Reply

There is a translation mistake in the German version.

"Nahe an der unteren Teil des Akkus machen wir einige klebende Zuglaschen ausfindig.". The word "der" should be "dem", so it becomes: "Nahe an dem unteren Teil des Akkus machen wir einige klebende Zuglaschen ausfindig."

maxheinrich1988 - Reply

How much does the battery weigh ? Is the mA density per gram higher than previous generations ?

Joao Fabio Tavares - Reply

Correct me if I am wrong - at 3.82 V and 11.1 Wh, isn't the battery more like 2905 mAh?

Valserp - Reply

Can anyone tell me what the minimum A or mA will be to charge the phones? Curious if some 3rd party power banks I have will still work.

nmccmv12 - Reply

What kinds of vibrator? Looks different from the conventional. What are the dimensions of the vibrator?

Louis Jeong - Reply

i think its new apple made and we will see some similar in the apple watch (taptic engine)

3gfisch -

The vibrator isn't the common motor/counterweight type. It seems like a linear see-saw motor, using the magnets themselves as the moving masses.

raymondjram -

Annoyingly loud, this new vibrator. Calling it "silent" mode is now pushing it.

b c - Reply

Invensense OIS in rear camera?

Piy - Reply

it does not seem so

visiblenoise -

invensense in rear facing camera???????

nann - Reply

INVN in the cam?

T1138 - Reply

sony sensor or no? Which?

seff - Reply

Is it possible to put 8MP camera of iPhone 6 plus in iPhone 6 ?

youplaou - Reply

Step 17:

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Constant readings from the gyroscope and the M8 motion coprocessor give the iPhone 6 Plus detailed data on the movements of your shaky human hands, allowing it to compensate by rapidly moving the lens assembly. Result: sharper, clearer photos, even in low-light environments.

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I am still puzzled by the fact that both models have the M8 and MP67B chips. So, why do you say that OIS is only in the 6+ model?

DoubleBagel - Reply

Is there a small strap by the rear facing camera that is necessary for functionality? if so what is the part number or id? Thanks

alexiskf - Reply

Metal shield, 6 pins. What is is Captain!

Evil Otaku - Reply

Can you tell if the A8 was manufactured by Samsung or TSMC?

halo1982 - Reply

The A8 was definitely manufactured by TSMC in TAIWAN!~

Benson -

who won the gyro/accelerometer???

DeandreCole - Reply

Invensense !

Piy -

It looks like there is another accelerometer right next to the IMU... Might be that they are having problems with Invensense?

visiblenoise -

Can you open the rear facing camera to see if Invensense is in it?

nann - Reply

Love you Invensense gyroscope :))= :)

Piy - Reply

Is there a small Qualcomm IC next to the Avago and Skyworks parts with a QFE 11xx number?

Chris - Reply

You're correct Chris! It's a Qualcomm QFE1100.

Geoff Wacker -

Where is the barometer? Is it from Bosch?

Nick Wong - Reply

yeah, the bosch sensor is missing in the teardown: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.p...

hmm778 -

NFC is not connected to the battery right? It could never be used to wirelessly charge correct?

Court Kizer - Reply

That's correct.

Kyle Wiens -

holy crap you guys getting nerd hard ons ... where the F#$ is my pocket protector %#*@ IT ALL!!!

Hayward Life - Reply

Big business. For instance Invensense in iPhones for first time ever. If they are in the 6 also, that is 200+million chips sold over the next year. Revenues/Cash Flow up. Buy some stock(hopefully you already owned some or atleast some calls)! This teardown represents billions of dollars.....the question is who's making it. Its not all about iPhones and pocket protectors....its more about making stacks and stacks of money. One day you will figure it out.

dt40 -

Any chance you could remove the cover of the Murata 339S0228 Wi-Fi Module to see what's inside?

Michael - Reply

Can you confirm the M8 part no. LPC18B1UK isn't in the NXP manual; LPC185x is.

Anthony - Reply

OK, looks like M8 is an LPC18B1UK as stated....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_M7

Anthony - Reply

any view of the NFC antenna?

Raymond Yu - Reply

What's a "touch transmitter"?

- Texas Instruments 343S0694 Touch Transmitter

I can't believe they use two controllers for the touch screen?!?

in step 21: Broadcom BCM5976 Touchscreen Controller

tre - Reply

Does anyone know how much the AMS chip costs (ballpark)?

John Winters - Reply

The guys from NFCworld found the ams chip now: http://www.ams.com/eng/Products/NFC-HF-R...

Seems you cannot find it Googling for it.

From the block diagram it seems the AS3923 is connecting to the antenna not the NFC controller.

Fits to the description saying that the chip is replacing the drivers of the controller.

They also mention to support peer to peer and other modes so we can hope for more than just payment it seems ;) Cant wait to get one...

Force - Reply

There is the Barometer below the SanDisk NAND Flash. Looks like a BMP from Bosch Sensortec

Joe Ortaniak - Reply

yeah, the bosch sensor is missing in the teardown: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.p...

hmm778 -

Do other phone manufacturers use an NFC booster or is this unique to IP6?

John Winters - Reply

On the lower-left corner of the front of the speaker (second image, can't tell if front or back, guessing front), you can see what looks like a QR code and a serial number, but that's just out of focus enough so it's impossible to make out.

Danny Dalton - Reply

The barcode reads DXY43443115G34YAU dun think you can decipher anything from it.

lawrence -

Is the 6 plus completely Samsung free ?

Tochi Nwa - Reply

At first blush, it appears so! Taking inventory of all the components, I noticed that as well.

karrock -

Who got microphones? Some users have issues with it. There should be 3 mics in total. Anybody know who supply it and is it possible to replace it with anything else? Thank you

Laimo - Reply

Wondering the same thing as Laimo. Thx!

Sam Slant - Reply

Do you have pictures of the other side of the power cable?

George - Reply

re: SYX2 - get it? the industrial design team name for the case is SYX 2 i.e. the 6.2 inches in length of the case.

Jay - Reply

I really don't get it still...

Hacked2123 -

Wow, that took me an embarrassingly longtime to get syx (six) 2 (two).

Hacked2123 -

Those ugly plastic stripes / inlays / antenna break-throughs – are the replaceable? Any chance anybody will offer a replacement for them which better meet the metal colors?

purchase - Reply

Does either iPhone 6 actually feature official water resistance to any degree?

Joey Geraci - Reply

5s? Pretty sure this was a 6 plus? =)

MobiFix - Reply

Whoops... fixed! :)

Luke Soules -

OK, using pentalobe screws is kind of annoying, but you guys sell the driver for $8. Given how smoothly the disassembly went it doesn't seem fair to give a red dot (and maybe a drop from 8 to 7) for the requirement of an $8 part when repairing an $800 device.

Eric Domb - Reply

The battery though....

ISMAIL OMAR - Reply

But can you put it back together?

Mark Bliss - Reply