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Double the iPhone, double the teardown! With the iPhone 6 Plus laid out for inspection, we turn our attention to the smaller iPhone 6—though at 4.7", it's still a giant among iPhones. What was so big that Apple couldn't fit it into the familiar form factor? Let's shake it out onto the teardown table and find out!

This year we're doing the iPhone 6 teardown in English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Nederlands, Русский, and 中文. Just click the flag icon to swap languages.

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPhone 6, use our service manual.

  1. It's iPhone 6 time! Let's check out some tech specs:
    • It's iPhone 6 time! Let's check out some tech specs:

      • Apple A8 processor with 64-bit architecture

      • M8 second-generation motion coprocessor

      • 16, 64, or 128 GB onboard storage capacity

      • 4.7-inch 1334x750 pixels (326 ppi) Retina HD display

      • 8 MP iSight camera (with 1.5µ pixels and phase-detection autofocus) 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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  2. We stood in some pretty long lines to get our hands on the new curved iPhone 6, and we couldn't be more excited to delve into it!
    • We stood in some pretty long lines to get our hands on the new curved iPhone 6, and we couldn't be more excited to delve into it!

    • We want to send out a big thanks to our good friends at MacFixit Australia for letting us use their office in Melbourne for the teardown. They stock Mac and iPhone upgrades/accessories, and also carry our iFixit toolkits. Thanks MacFixit Australia!

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    • Apple has decided to brand this particular iPhone 6 as model A1586.

    • The camera bump, as it's widely known, is prominently visible along the top of the iPhone 6. Apple chose improved optics in exchange for a lens assembly that is slightly thicker than the rest of the phone.

    • Just how big is this bump you ask? Our calipers say about 0.6 mm.

      • You win this time, optics.

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    • The rounded corner design of the iPhone 6 is very reminiscent of the first generation iPhone, sans the Lightning connector and Pentalobe screws.

    • With our 64 Bit Driver Kit, we proceed to remove the Pentalobe screws from the iPhone 6.

      • It's well known that we hate proprietary screws, but we're happy that this iPhone won't require any heating action to crack it open.

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    • All hail the iSclack. Opening phones in this fashion is so satisfying!

    • We trust the iSclack enough to wave our shiny new iPhone in the air, but if and when you decide to try this at home, you should probably use two hands for safety.

    • With the front panel assembly open, we take a peek inside the iPhone 6.

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    • This step may feature the improper use of a boomerang, performed either by professionals or under the supervision of professionals. Accordingly, iFixit must insist that no one attempt to recreate or re-enact any boomerang-related repairs performed during this teardown.

    • This is how to boomerang, right? We spoke with several Australians, and they all came to the same conclusion. This is how you boomerang.

    What exactly is the boomerang supposed to do, or is that a joke?

    Zack Kilgore - Reply

    Dude! Nothing's a joke. As apple uses special screwdrivers for their special screws, they use boomerang to completely detach the front panel assembly from the main unit. I tell you that was very difficult to figure out. But ifixit did it! _/\_

    Tarang Goyal -

    What a 'lame' joke! And such nerds!

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    Rexford Dorchester -

    Looking at the "airfoil" on that boomerang it's either a) left handed or b) a piece of junk. Considering the obtuse angle of it's wings, I'd say opening iPhones is it's only useful purpose.

    spatlese44 - Reply

    'I bought myself a new boomerang, but had no space in my back yard to use it'

    Kts - Reply


    My iPhone 6, subiltely, has lost cellular signal. I've changed the complete lighthening connector with , two times. But still no signal.

    Someone could help me, I don't see what could it be ??

    Mon iPhone 6 a subitement perdu le signal réseau. J'ai changé la nappe complète avec le connecteur ligthtening, deux fois, mais sans résultat.

    Quelqu'un pourrait-il m'aider, je ne vois pas d'où peut venir le problème, une autre piste ?

    Merci, thanks

    guillaume - Reply

    Had a right good larf at this loool

    Delboy1st - Reply

    • While there may not be any Phillips screws on the outside of this phone, there are certainly Phillips screws on the inside. Fortunately, our Pro Tech Screwdriver Set can handle any type of screw this phone dishes out.

    • With screwdriver in hand, we tackle the metal bracket screws that secure the front panel assembly in place.

    Obligatory product placement eyeroll

    Toni Jo - Reply

    I understand you're trying to sell things, and that's ok, but it would be nice to explain how to open the phone without a specific $25 tool. I used to think of ifixit as the authority on repairs, but now I have to go elsewhere to figure out how to repair things without these specific tools.

    First Last - Reply

    Have you looked for guides on here? This was a teardown, not a guide, if you want instructions look for that. Not meaning to be rude at all

    Blake Williamson -

    • We peel the home button off the front panel assembly with ease—though, as ever, the surrounding rubber gasket is easy to tear if you don't have the steady hands of a tech surgeon.

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    • Much like the iPhone 6 Plus, the front-facing camera and earpiece speaker reside on the front panel assembly.

    • We pull them out and line them up for inspection.

    Any idea of why my FaceTime camera lens keeps moving to the left? I have replace my iPhone 6 once already.

    joshhyde - Reply

    +1 for this. Weird crescent moon effect really stands out in black iPhone 6

    Richard - Reply

    • So far, the overall construction of this "small" iPhone 6 is a dead ringer for its big brother, the 6 Plus.

    • This metal plate and the front panel assembly it covers are perfect examples. The design mirrors that of the iPhone 6 Plus, which in this case is a definite improvement.

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    • We love these battery pull tabs. Pulled correctly, they'll save you the hassle (and potential hazard) of coaxing the battery out with a pry tool.

    • 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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    • The iPhone 6 features an 1810 mAh, 3.82 V Lithium-ion Polymer battery with an energy rating of 6.91 Wh. Turning it over, the rating improves to 7.01 Wh! Perhaps the engineers were able to squeeze an extra 0.1 Wh in the battery after confirming the text on the front.

    • Apple preaches that this 28-gram (3.75" x 1.5" x 0.13") power pack will let you talk for up to 14 hours on 3G and offers 250 hours of standby time.

    • This is a fair bit smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus's 11.1 Wh, 2915 mAh battery—but still a notable bump from the 1560 mAh unit in the iPhone 5s.

    • This battery seems to have an identity crisis. On the front are markings of Apple South Asia (Thailand) Limited and Apple Japan. On the back, it says it's actually made in Huizhou, China.

    How does the 28-gram weight compare with previous versions ? And to the iP6 Plus density ?

    64.6 mA per gram is better than competing battery solutions from LG and Samsung ?

    Joao Fabio Tavares - Reply

    Probably the 6.91 Wh is the design capacity and the 7.01 Wh is a measured value

    cabo - Reply

    I don't see an identity crisis for this battery, the Thailand and Japan text are next to mandatory regulatory marks for batteries in those countries (circled diamond logo and circled PSE logo). Between them is a UL recognised component mark (c reversed UR US mark). Presumable it is less trouble for Apple to apply for them through local subsidiaries.

    Bryn Jones - Reply

    • Good news, everyone! The rear-facing camera is easily removed with a pair of tweezers.

    • Though it lacks the fancy optical image stabilization of the camera in the iPhone 6 Plus, this unit shares virtually all of its other specs: 8 megapixels, f/2.2 aperture, True Tone flash, and phase-detection autofocus.

    • It also features electronic image stabilization, which aims to mimic the effects of OIS (optical image stabilization) using image processing techniques.

    Hope you breakout the calipers and measure the thickness of the rear camera between the 6 & 6 Plus.

    Rette - Reply

    +1 for this -----

    3gfisch -

    That's also the first thing I was thinking about. How cool would it be if you can drop a 6+ camera module in a 6?

    Johnny -

    So would it actually be possible the swap the camera out for the 6 Plus camera?!? Looks about the same size.

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    • We tweeze out antennas faster than you can remove punny parts from a buzzing board game.

    • We master the operation and quickly move on.

    • Up next is the logic board. While it's quite elegantly dressed in its EMI shields, we want to see what lies beneath the veil.

    I'm curious about the antenna design, how did they fit wifi/bluetooth, GPS, diversity and NFC into the top area?

    Tom Chai - Reply

    I too am interested in how the antennas are configured. Especially how they attach to the phone via the plastic connectors ... are these top and bottom sections removable? Would it be possible to swap them out with a different phones to come up with a different color scheme, among other things?

    RDS -

    In the 6+ teardown (step 27) you show it has rubber gaskets around the buttons. Does the 6 include these as well?

    Bryan - Reply

    Somewhere in the teardown around this stage, this small piece came out and I don't know where from. Anyone know what this is?? It says, "00095-A" with a small box thing at the end of the character string. Thanks so much in advance!

    (showing both sides)




    shauhncy - Reply

    That looks like the interconnect cable just below and to the right of the rear camera module. You can see it in this step. The teardown is not really meant to be used as instructions; for better results, use one of the many guides for the iPhone 6.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    Anyone know where I can get the Skyworks 77803-20 Mid Band LTE PAD? I need to fix a phone.

    Jason Younger - Reply

    • The front side of the logic board:

      • Apple A8 APL1011 SoC + SK Hynix RAM as denoted by the markings H9CKNNN8KTMRWR-NTH (we presume it is 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM, the same as in the iPhone 6 Plus)

      • Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE Modem

      • Skyworks 77802-23 Low Band LTE PAD

      • Avago A8020 High Band PAD

      • Avago A8010 Ultra High Band PA + FBARs

      • Skyworks 77803-20 Mid Band LTE PAD

      • InvenSense MP67B 6-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer Combo

    Does anybody know why Skyworks doesn't list any of these chips on their site? (I'm curious to see if they indeed support LTE Band 12, even though it's not officially listed as supported yet.)

    Chris - Reply

    If we look on real iPhone 6 or 6 Plus board then we can see near of Gyro is available Accelerometer separated it look like on iPhone 5S, possible combo is used on Prototype board or some Chinese revision but global uses separated ic's of Gyro and Accel.

    Filip Pusca - Reply

    how much of logic board ?

    ahmed - Reply

    and how i can get ?

    ahmed - Reply

    what is e-compass?

    Eagle Jiang - Reply

    • More ICs on the front side of the logic board:

      • Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking IC

      • RF Micro Devices RF5159 Antenna Switch Module

      • Skyworks 77356-8 Mid Band PAD

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    • Back side of the logic board:

      • SanDisk SDMFLBCB2 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

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

    Joe Ortaniak - Reply

    Where is the gray outline i cant see it

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    • More ICs await us 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 designed to “improve performance of existing NFC controllers for challenging environments such as mobile and wearables” and also delivers “less restrictive antenna design requirements”.

        • We believe this chip is an NFC frontend to improve performance in noisy environments using 'active peer to peer bit rates [up to] 212kb/s.'

      • Cirrus Logic 338S1201 Audio Codec

    • 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!

    In Step 18, can you identify the chip at the far right of the board, sort of diagonally between the holes at the top right corner and bottom? It's the larger and bottom-most of the two chips at that end of the board, directly above the bottom hole. It appears to also be in the 6 Plus at Step 22 at around the same place on its board.

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    • Removing the vibrator assembly. It's new and... improved?

    • Vibrator mechanisms seem to be one of those choices like Coke or Pepsi where there is never a clear answer. Apple keeps changing this part's design:

    • Based on appearances, we're guessing that Apple went with a linear oscillating design in this rendition of the iPhone.

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    • This year's model is sporting a new design for the speaker assembly.

    • Since markings are scarce, we expect that this is just a minor update from the iPhone 5s speaker.

    They are using a multi-driver speaker, trying to improve the sounds maybe.

    Tom Chai - Reply

    who are the mics and speakers provider? still Knowles or have they changed it? thanks

    Laimo -

    Does anyone know if Knowles is still the supplier of the speakers? Would really appreciate. Thx

    Sam Slant - Reply

    Does the thinner speaker make usage improvement on the space?

    Sam - Reply

    • We now pronounce you headphone jack and Lightning connector. Two have now become one assembly, residing on a single cable.

    • This new unity means that you can't replace one without the other—which is bad news if you have malfunctioning ports.

    They were together since the iPhone 5, so what is the point?

    Tom Chai - Reply

    can anyone explain the function of the small wire with the gold connection piece on the lightning port piece?

    Varan Cole - Reply

    I'd guess grounding - but ground to *what**? The case?

    jimwitte - Reply

    This seems to be an antenna coax cable with a miniature coax connector at the end. In the picture, it seems to have been "plugged up" with a small conductive foam piece, I don't see why that is necessary, except for preventing dirt to get in?

    Stephan Fuelling - Reply

    Actually nothing is plugged up—the foam lies on the back/top of the connector. Almost every cable connector in the phone has a foam pad on the top to fill the air gap between the connector and whatever lies above it. Helps keep it from jiggling loose while evenly distributing force over the surface of the connector.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    • Tweezers simplify our lives. They allow us to peel up the delicate cable assemblies, such as those associated with power button and volume buttons, with ease.

    • Just like that, the button assemblies are out of their iPhone shell.

    • These assemblies look very similar to the ones we found in the iPhone 6 Plus.

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    • That's all folks. The iPhone 6 earned a respectable seven out of ten. 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 still uses proprietary Pentalobe screws on the exterior, requiring a specialty screwdriver to remove.

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

    wait where is the NFC coils?

    dennis97519 - Reply

    NFC doesn't need "coils" unless it's a low power device. The iPhone is not low power.

    scottwilkins -

    NFC most certainly needs "coils" or a loop antenna to function. This is because of the load modulation defined in the ISO14443 spec. I suspect the antenna is likely the T308S flex shown in step 17 or perhaps integrated into the case using the screw contacts. It would be simple to verify by Ohm'ing out the antenna pins from the AS3922 and the headers from the T308S flex.

    Richard Grundy -

    re: 4355 Z3X2 - design team name for case.

    4355 - weight is 4.55 oz

    Z3X2 - is a little more interesting, Z3X is an unlocking tool for SAMSUNG phones, and this is the first phone with no SAMSUNG chips in it i.e. Apple is unlocked from Sammy!

    Jay - Reply

    Are the plastics bands removable? Do antennas run under them to the outside?

    John - Reply

    The antennas are actually metal side bands, the plastic bands are there just to separate the antennas and the main case.

    Tom Chai -

    Where is the barometer?

    r0534322 - Reply

    Take a look, here is the pressure sensor

    Joe Ortaniak -

    I think you should also give credit to the unsung hero.....the screw manufacturer! SFS Group in Switzerland derive more than 10% of their total revenue from Apple and provided around 80 parts in each iPhone 5/5S! Were there more or less screws in the 6?

    Adrian M - Reply

    Can anyone tell me where exactly the NFC antenna location is? Tiny in size?

    Andy Yong - Reply


Did you take square on high res internal images like you did for the iPhone 5? I love having them as my wallpaper backgrounds. Thanks!

Jamie - Reply

who makes the screen and the driver chip?

adam - Reply

On step 8 you show the home button to have a cable that seems like it connects to the main board .... is this something to take note of when opening it from that bottom edge? Home button in the past contacted to main board with copper springs and not an actual connector

please confirm

Ken - Reply

OK, so Cirrus makes the audio codec. What about the other audio chips? Noise cancellation, audio amp, mic preamp?

Miles - Reply

Anybody know where the Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI's) are located? I didn't see one inside the SIM card reader as it was on the iPhone 5, 5S.

Abel Pajas - Reply

I'm intrigued by the battery improvement and the "identity crisis" with the labelling.

Any chance you could chop one in half to find out if apple is making their own '3D electrode type' batteries using components from multiple countries?

Sebastian - Reply

What is the chip iniside Murata WiFi/BT module?

JJ Wu - Reply


I have checked at the MURATA specs it seems they have Broadcom. May be Apple used them as third party for cost effective customer support. This is WLAN and Bluetooth chipset.



Bharat Penumutchu -

It is hard to rework a BGA chip, but it will be interesting to see if we can upgrade the memory to 2GB.

ogim - Reply

Is it possible to change the camera lens. I think it will gonna break very easy.

Steffen - Reply

I disassembled my iphone, and can not understand where this item came from? Any ideas?

Kolius - Reply

NFC antenna is on the top of phone ,it is just ferrite attached and just a FPC .

Joe - Reply

Nice, but would be nice to have the antennas torn down also.

Bryce Nesbitt - Reply

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bubun123 - Reply

Can you make a list of all materials and show if you can put it back together

Aditya Khowal - Reply

Ou ce trouve le gps

alexandre - Reply

What cools the processor if anything does it have a cooling system

Eli calvillo - Reply

что такое ма/ч и вт/ч? эта статья промтом переводилась?

tucherone - Reply

The sim is inside but the phone keeps saying no service. I was told it was the antenna. Any ideas on how to fix it?

Sara Reyes - Reply

Can you put the guts of and an iPhone 6 into a 6 plus? Or vice versa?

Chris Bubba - Reply

After getting opened the iPhone I noticed that on the side edges of the body is a sticky black rubber, so I ask you, you must also replace this sticker?

valerio - Reply

nice teardown... but it would had been nice to know where each screw goes... i had teardown an iphone 6 to change the frame and now all my swcrew are everywhere... was hoping to found where they goes here and boom, nope, a joking teardown... nice

Benjamin Valcourt - Reply

We have a complete set of guides for you right here, including screw locations. Teardowns are just meant to be a fun peek at the hardware and overall repairability, and should not be used as guides. For keeping track of your screws I highly recommend a magnetic project mat—it's one of the best tools I own, and I would prefer never to open an iPhone without one.

Jeff Suovanen -

hey guys,

which component contains the LED light for the flash on the rear camera?

Scott Cornez - Reply

The power button flex has the flas on it

Zander Law -

plz can u refer how to replace ther rear mic near the camera coz i recording videos without sound! tnx

Mohammad Me - Reply

We have a guide for that! The microphone next to the rear facing camera is part of the iPhone 6 Power Button Cable Assembly that you can purchase here. The guide to replace it can be found here. Good luck!

Scott Havard -

Would be nice if you included a photo of the main board with the antenna removed. There is a matching network under the antenna flex cable on the back of the board. If I had an image I could tell if one of the matching components had fallen off of my phone.

gac - Reply

хуй пизда залупа пенис хер

а так спасибо большое за этот гаид

vasyarus - Reply

вот она - русская культура во всей своей красе. вот без тупости и убогости ну ни как обойтись нельзя было. молодец, гордись собой..

SvS -

а можно ли в заблокироаный айфон 6+ поставить микросхему от айфон 6 рабочий разблокированный ? ну или хотябы основную начинку. конечно есть вопрос как это будет выглядеть на экране разрешение ведь разное . или может по от 6 не сможет использовать тачскрин прошивку и тд. и тп. кто пробовал? подскажите.

Olzhas Bekzhanov - Reply

поставить можно но работать не будет)

Андрей Pancir -

What an awesome post! Funny and informative. Well done!

David Kellen - Reply

Useless guide, he skipped the step I needed help on.

iffbas - Reply

Hi iffbas! This is a teardown not a repair guide, for a full set of step-by-step guides, consult our iPhone 6 manual!

Sam Lionheart -

where is the 00095-A piece?

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