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

  1. iPhone 6 Teardown, iPhone 6 Teardown: step 1, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown, iPhone 6 Teardown: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • 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

  2. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 2, image 1 of 3 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 2, image 2 of 3 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • 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!

  3. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 3, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  4. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 4, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

    • 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.

  5. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  6. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 7, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  7. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 8, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  8. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 9, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  9. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 10, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  10. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 11, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  11. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 12, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  12. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 13, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  13. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 14, image 1 of 3 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 14, image 2 of 3 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  14. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 15, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • 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

  15. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • 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

  16. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • 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

  17. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 18, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • 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!

  18. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 19, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • 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:

    • iPhone 4 (counterweight)

    • iPhone 4S (linear oscillating)

    • iPhone 5/5s (counterweight)

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

  19. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  20. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

    • 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.

  21. iPhone 6 Teardown: step 23, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Teardown: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • 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.


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

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