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It's time to tear down the biggest iPhone ever made—a fraction bigger even than last year's edition, the iPhone 6s Plus comes double-stuffed with new tech. To those of you joining us from the iPhone 6s teardown, welcome back! Here at iFixit, we have a habit of leaving no stone screw unturned—so with the first phone dispatched, we focus our attention on its Plus-sized counterpart.

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

Image 1/2: Apple A9 processor with embedded M9 motion coprocessor Image 2/2: 16, 64, or 128 GB of storage
  • Before we put this bad boy under the knife spudger, we have to ask: "Hey Siri, what's under the hood?":

    • Apple A9 processor with embedded M9 motion coprocessor

    • 16, 64, or 128 GB of storage

    • 5.5-inch 1920 × 1080 pixels (401 ppi) Retina HD display with 3D Touch

    • 12 MP iSight camera supporting 4K video recording with 1.22µ pixels, and a 5 MP FaceTime HD camera

    • 7000 Series aluminum enclosure and Ion-X Glass

    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO + Bluetooth 4.2 + NFC + 23-band LTE

    • Taptic Engine

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Image 1/2: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChUsy8gWwvo|Early analysis|new_window=true] of this new alloy breaks it down to around 91.17% aluminum, 0.08% iron, 7.64% zinc, and 0.106% tungsten. Image 2/2: The higher zinc content should provide a significant increase in tensile strength (and manufacturing cost)  from the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6063_aluminium_alloy|6063 aluminum alloy|new_window=true] in the iPhone 6.
  • The 6s Plus stops by for a closeup and gives us a better view of that custom 7000 series aluminum alloy and flaunts a new model number: A1687

  • Early analysis of this new alloy breaks it down to around 91.17% aluminum, 0.08% iron, 7.64% zinc, and 0.106% tungsten.

    • The higher zinc content should provide a significant increase in tensile strength (and manufacturing cost) from the 6063 aluminum alloy in the iPhone 6.

  • That little ''S'' looks out of place on the new iPhone's large outer casing—but how else will you show your friends that you buy a new phone every year?

    • Really though, Apple's new push to encourage early upgrades is a low blow to the environment. As recyclable as Apple claims their devices are, a shorter product lifetime means increased carbon dioxide emissions and more e-waste.

I would venture to say that most of the "old" iPhones get handed-down or sold second-hand. I have had EVERY iPhone since 2007 (yes, at some point every model... repairing/trading etc...) and I have sold or handed down every single one... I would imagine there are many more brands filing the waste basket when they have almost no resale value after the year is up...

Will - Reply

What's up with hippie crap in this? Every phone manufacturer also pushes out a new phone every year. Outta here with that bias anti apple BS.

Juan Lara - Reply

Image 1/3: iPhone, ''you better run, you better take cover.'' Image 2/3: Our engineers travelled to the upside-down land of Australia to bring you this live teardown, but we couldn't have done it with the hospitality of [https://www.macfixit.com.au/|Macfixit|new_window=true] and [http://www.circuitwise.com.au/|Circuitwise|new_window=true]. Image 3/3: Now for the moment that you've been waiting for—let's get this teardown started!
  • Time for a sneak peek! As usual, we'll be blasting this iPhone with the power of see-through: our friends at Creative Electron brought their X-ray tech to the land down under.

  • iPhone, you better run, you better take cover.

  • Our engineers travelled to the upside-down land of Australia to bring you this live teardown, but we couldn't have done it with the hospitality of Macfixit and Circuitwise.

  • Now for the moment that you've been waiting for—let's get this teardown started!

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  • Having just torn down the 6s, we know exactly where to start with the Plus.

  • Our teardown engineer busts open the phone in two seconds flat—one second for each screw, all caution thrown to the wind. (Just kidding, he's actually very careful and takes his time. This is the only 6s Plus we've got.)

  • Just like its smaller sibling, the 6s Plus features an adhesive strip along the perimeter of the display assembly. Lucky for us, it doesn't stand a chance against the iSclack.

  • With the Pentalobe screws out and display adhesive defeated, we're in!

Pentalobe-Schreiben

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Image 1/2: As with the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6s+Teardown/48170|6s|new_window=true], we are pleased to discover that all of the internal screws in the 6s Plus are Phillips screws. The fewer [http://ifixit.org/blog/2580/open-sesame-woz-joins-the-call-for-a-more-open-apple/|Pentalobe screws|new_window=true] there are, the happier we are. Image 2/2: As with the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6s+Teardown/48170|6s|new_window=true], we are pleased to discover that all of the internal screws in the 6s Plus are Phillips screws. The fewer [http://ifixit.org/blog/2580/open-sesame-woz-joins-the-call-for-a-more-open-apple/|Pentalobe screws|new_window=true] there are, the happier we are.
  • The battery connector is the first priority on our path to teardown glory.

  • As with the 6s, we are pleased to discover that all of the internal screws in the 6s Plus are Phillips screws. The fewer Pentalobe screws there are, the happier we are.

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Image 1/3: Before we move on, we toss it on the scale. We note that 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. Image 2/3: This astonishing 33% increase in weight is all because of Apple's new 3D Touch technology. That's some heavy stuff. Image 3/3: A quick blast of X-rays reveals the presence of some new silicon piggybacking onto the display—[https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6s+Teardown/48170#s107873|just like we found on the 6s.|new_window=true]
  • With three flicks of our spudger, we quickly disconnect and remove the display assembly.

  • Before we move on, we toss it on the scale. We note that 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.

  • A quick blast of X-rays reveals the presence of some new silicon piggybacking onto the display—just like we found on the 6s.

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Image 1/3: The Taptic Engine in the 6s Plus measures 15 x 8 x 4.9 mm compared to the  35 x 6 x 3.2 mm one found in the 6s. Image 2/3: Our guess as to the reason for the substantially smaller footprint: Apple didn't want to shave off too much from the already-scaled-down battery. Image 3/3: No question about it—[https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/TRadLiixm3rnIBGL|it's a tight fit with everything assembled|new_window=true].
  • A new bracket secures the (bitty!) Taptic Engine and its new cable.

  • The Taptic Engine in the 6s Plus measures 15 x 8 x 4.9 mm compared to the 35 x 6 x 3.2 mm one found in the 6s.

    • Our guess as to the reason for the substantially smaller footprint: Apple didn't want to shave off too much from the already-scaled-down battery.

    • No question about it—it's a tight fit with everything assembled.

  • The Taptic Engine also has a lil' rubber bumper for bracing against the microphone.

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  • We plopped the Taptic Engine back into place long enough for it to perform its signature move.

  • Little did it know, it was being watched.

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Image 1/3: Never stop being awesome, adhesive pull tabs. ''Never''. Image 2/3: Much like the 6 Plus before it, removing the battery is as easy as pulling 3 tabs. Well, as long as you pull them ''exactly'' right. Image 3/3: The battery capacity sits at 2750 mAh (10.45 Wh); a modest 165 mAh downgrade compared to last year's 6 Plus.
  • Moving on to the battery, we're greeted with a few familiar friends—adhesive pull tabs.

    • Never stop being awesome, adhesive pull tabs. Never.

  • Much like the 6 Plus before it, removing the battery is as easy as pulling 3 tabs. Well, as long as you pull them exactly right.

  • The battery capacity sits at 2750 mAh (10.45 Wh); 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—that is, 14 hours of 3G talk time, approximately 10 hours of internet use, or up to 10 days on standby.

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Image 1/3: At first glance, the iSight camera in the 6s Plus is fairly similar to the one found in the 6s. When the two cameras are laid out side-by-side though, the additional heft of the [http://www.cultofmac.com/390139/optical-image-stabilization-iphone/|optical image stabilization|new_window=true] hardware in the iPhone 6s Plus camera becomes readily apparent. Image 2/3: At first glance, the iSight camera in the 6s Plus is fairly similar to the one found in the 6s. When the two cameras are laid out side-by-side though, the additional heft of the [http://www.cultofmac.com/390139/optical-image-stabilization-iphone/|optical image stabilization|new_window=true] hardware in the iPhone 6s Plus camera becomes readily apparent. Image 3/3: At first glance, the iSight camera in the 6s Plus is fairly similar to the one found in the 6s. When the two cameras are laid out side-by-side though, the additional heft of the [http://www.cultofmac.com/390139/optical-image-stabilization-iphone/|optical image stabilization|new_window=true] hardware in the iPhone 6s Plus camera becomes readily apparent.
  • For the second time today, we pluck the 12 MP iSight camera from its cavity for a closer look.

  • At first glance, the iSight camera in the 6s Plus is fairly similar to the one found in the 6s. When the two cameras are laid out side-by-side though, the additional heft of the optical image stabilization hardware in the iPhone 6s Plus camera becomes readily apparent.

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Image 1/3: With the skill of a blackjack dealer, we send the ~~cards~~ cables flying and boards flipping. Image 2/3: You're going to need to channel your inner card shark to get this logic board out. Removing the final connector requires you to flip the logic board over—not a big problem, but a bit annoying. Image 3/3: We shuffle the logic board out of the case for a closer look. We like to have lots of chips on our (teardown) table...
  • The next stage of the game involves removing the logic board.

  • With the skill of a blackjack dealer, we send the cards cables flying and boards flipping.

    • You're going to need to channel your inner card shark to get this logic board out. Removing the final connector requires you to flip the logic board over—not a big problem, but a bit annoying.

  • We shuffle the logic board out of the case for a closer look. We like to have lots of chips on our (teardown) table...

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Image 1/1: Apple A9 [http://chipworks.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=APP-APL1022&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=|APL1022|new_window=true] SoC + SK Hynix LPDDR4 RAM as denoted by the markings H9HKNNNBTUMUMR-NLH (we presume it is 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM, the same as in the iPhone 6s)
  • Fresh, hot fish and chips, right off the barbie! (Fish not included.)

    • Apple A9 APL1022 SoC + SK Hynix LPDDR4 RAM as denoted by the markings H9HKNNNBTUMUMR-NLH (we presume it is 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM, the same as in the iPhone 6s)

    • Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE Cat. 6 Modem (vs. the MDM9625M found in the iPhone 6)

    • TriQuint TQF6405 Power Amplifier Module

    • Skyworks SKY77812 Power Amplifier Module

    • Avago AFEM-8030 Power Amplifier Module

    • Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking IC

    • Likely a InvenSense 6-axis gyroscope and accelerometer combo

The photo is wrong, Apple A9 is not on this PCB side...

Dimitar - Reply

so iPhone 6S uses Apple A9 APL0898 SoC while iPhone 6S+ uses Apple A9 APL1022 SoC- does that mean those two are different products with different serial numbers?

I Kuang Chen - Reply

APL numbers are associated with specific CPU dies within Apple Ax SoCs. These APL numbers are etched on CPU dies.

Apple SoC part number (SKU) is in form of 3xxSxxxx. Different CPU dies within same Apple Ax processor family result in different Apple SoC SKUs.

For example:

- APL0598 is CPU (part) number in Apple A6 SoC 339S0177 (in iPhone 5/5c)

- APL0698 is CPU (part) number in Apple A7 SoC 339S0207 (in iPhone 6s)

---- APL5698 is CPU (part) number in Apple A7 SoC 343S0665 (in iPad Air)

- APL1011 is CPU (part) number in Apple A8 SoC 339S00018 (in iPhone 6/6 Plus)

Thus, from not quite clear A9 SoC photo in iPhone 6S teardown:

- APL0898 is CPU (part) number in Apple A9 SoC 339S00114 (in iPhone 6S)

If APL1022 is marked on Apple A9 SoC SKU here (lack of SoC high resolution image does not allow me to see it) that should mean different processor die on iPhone 6S Plus as well as different A9 SoC SKU compared to A9 SoC in iPhone 6S.

Dimitar - Reply

I think you are also missing another Avago chip. You have AFEM-8030, but another site, www.teardowns.com with the teardown of the same Global LTE SKU, has two Avago chips:

1. AFEM8030 2. SFI530.

Are they wrong here?

http://www.techinsights.com/teardown.com...

Peter - Reply

Image 1/1: SK Hynix [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=HYN-H23QDG8UD1ACS-BC&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=|H23QDG8UD1ACS|new_window=true] 16 GB NAND Flash
  • And here's a side of Apple chips on the back of the logic board:

    • SK Hynix H23QDG8UD1ACS 16 GB NAND Flash

    • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00043 Wi-Fi Module

    • NXP 66V10 NFC Controller (vs. 65V10 found in iPhone 6)

    • Apple/Dialog 338S00122 Power Management IC

    • Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00105 Audio IC

    • Qualcomm PMD9635 Power Management IC

    • Skyworks SKY77357 Power Amplifier Module (likely an iteration of the SKY77354)

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Image 1/1: RF Micro Devices [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=RFA-RF5150&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=|RF5150|new_window=true] Antenna Switch
  • Murata 240 Front-End Module

  • RF Micro Devices RF5150 Antenna Switch

  • NXP 1610A3 (likely an iteration of the 1610A1 found in the iPhone 5s and 5c)

  • Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S1285 Audio IC (likely an iteration of the 338S1202 audio codec found in the iPhone 5s)

  • Texas Instruments TPS65730A0P Power Management IC

  • Qualcomm WTR3925 Radio Frequency Transceiver

  • Skyworks SKY13701 Cellular and GPS Receive LNA-Filter Module

  • Texas Instruments TI 57A5KXI

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Image 1/1:
  • Possibly a Bosch Sensortec Barometric Pressure Sensor (BMP280)

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Image 1/1: These appear to be the '''waterproof silicon seals''' that Apple patented  [http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2015/03/apple-invents-a-waterproofing-method-for-future-idevices-using-hydrophobic-conformal-coatings-and-silicon-seals.html|back in March].
  • Teardown Update! Just like we found in the iPhone 6s, the logic board's connectors are protected by tiny silicone seals.

  • These appear to be the waterproof silicon seals that Apple patented back in March.

  • The most common point of failure on a phone dropped in water? The logic board connectors. Coincidence? I think not.

  • Recent tests have proved that water resistance is greatly improved in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But why did Apple not mention anything about waterproofing on their new product?

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Image 1/3: As in the 6s, we find a very similar speaker to that of the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6+Plus+Teardown/29206#s69118|original 6 Plus|new_window=true]—a slightly modified form factor, but otherwise seemingly untouched. Image 2/3: As in the 6s, we find a very similar speaker to that of the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6+Plus+Teardown/29206#s69118|original 6 Plus|new_window=true]—a slightly modified form factor, but otherwise seemingly untouched. Image 3/3: As in the 6s, we find a very similar speaker to that of the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6+Plus+Teardown/29206#s69118|original 6 Plus|new_window=true]—a slightly modified form factor, but otherwise seemingly untouched.
  • Reaching the deepest depths of the 6s Plus, we come across the speaker and its little antenna buddy.

  • As in the 6s, we find a very similar speaker to that of the original 6 Plus—a slightly modified form factor, but otherwise seemingly untouched.

Does the iPhone 6s Plus uses the same speaker found in the iPhone 6s?

Raimis - Reply

Image 1/3: This time around, the Lightning connector assembly brings us everything we've seen [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6+Teardown/29213#s69274|before|new_window=true]  ''and then some'', with the addition of a second microphone. Image 2/3: This assembly is convenient as a space-saving measure, but it has a nasty side effect—repairing a single damaged Lightning port or headphone jack requires replacing the ''entire'' assembly. Image 3/3: This assembly is convenient as a space-saving measure, but it has a nasty side effect—repairing a single damaged Lightning port or headphone jack requires replacing the ''entire'' assembly.
  • Alas, the last piece of the teardown puzzle—the Lightning connector assembly.

  • This time around, the Lightning connector assembly brings us everything we've seen before and then some, with the addition of a second microphone.

  • This assembly is convenient as a space-saving measure, but it has a nasty side effect—repairing a single damaged Lightning port or headphone jack requires replacing the entire assembly.

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Image 1/2: The display assembly continues to be the first component out, simplifying screen repairs. Image 2/2: 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 iPhone 6s Plus inherits a 7 out of 10 on the Repairability scale:

    • The display assembly continues to be the first component out, 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 Touch ID cable is still tucked out of the way, but is paired to the logic board, complicating repairs.

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

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26 Comments

Shouldn't there be some differences in 14nm(Samsung, GloFo) and 16nm(TSMC) A9 chips (or am I wrong about TSMC technology)? Is it possible to track them?

Alexander Bourdonov - Reply

Performance should be the same (same architecture and transistor count), but because of the smaller node used by Samsung, the A9 produced by them should a little cooler than the TSMC one.

Spotting which one is from TSMC or Samsung could be pretty difficult, since the temperature difference between chips could be less than 1-2 degrees.

Further investigation should be made with a X-ray microscope, the see the real differences between both manufacturers.

Jaime Roldan -

What is the CPU speed for the iPhone 6s Plus?

iAdam1n - Reply

"In addition to the 70% faster CPU speed, it's also 90% faster for its GPU performance. The A9 also has the new M9 motion coprocessor that's built into the chip and is now always on."

apple.com

"A9 havs two 1.7GHz cores and two 1.2GHz cores."

forbes.com

TibiOriginal -

Plz, step 12's image is just as the same as the 6s 's teardown. My query is that is UFS 2.0 applied in this s generation?

eason6271 - Reply

Please call out the Invensense chip in the 6s plus. I'd imagine it is the same one as in the 6 phone but please confirm. Also, does Invensense have anything to do with the Optical Image Stabilization feature? Thanks.

Edvensense - Reply

where is the accelerometer and gyro?

Ross - Reply

It would be helpful to know the weight of the battery.

mikeburz - Reply

Is that screen going to be refurbishable with that pressure touch technology?

T1T! - Reply

Hi, The yellow box in the step 13 is missing! I want to know where the NFC controller is. Is it the chip with the name 'NXP' below the dark blue box? Thanks.

Yifan - Reply

I tried the taptic feedback 6S+ in a store and to be frank, it doesn't feel much different then using the old vibrate motors from any other phone. Granted, it does have faster reaction then those that use a spinning weight motor but looking at the old 6 Plus teardown, there really isn't that much of a difference. I mean seriously, go take a look and compare. The shape of the weights is a little different but the underlaying tech is basically the same. I don't see any reason why "3D touch" can't be incorporated on the old 6 Plus (other then to get people to buy the new phone). The hardware required for 3D touch (touchscreen + shaftless vibrator) is all available on the 6 Plus. The rest is simply software. Now you might say the 6S senses pressure but it really does not (please correct me with proof if I'm wrong). It doesn't have an actual pressure sensor like the macbooks. The screen (I believe) is using the size of your touch to determine pressure, not actual pressure.

Ryo Saeba - Reply

As far as I know the 6S uses newly added capacitive sensors to measure the distance between display glass and backlight.

Thats why the 6S is a few grams heavier.

Look from Min 2:10 in the video "The Innovation behind 3D Touch":

http://images.apple.com/media/us/iphone-...

Silas Terruz -

The 14 hours /10 hours battery life is for the 6s.

For the 6s plus Apple quote

Talk time: Up to 24 hours on 3G

Internet use: Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, up to 12 hours on Wi‑Fi

HD video playback: Up to 14 hours

Audio playback: Up to 80 hours

Standby time: Up to 16 days

alex - Reply

Step 7: I think it's worh noting that while the 6S Plus's Taptic component is much shorter than the 6S's, it's volumetricly not much smaller. The 6S Plus's comes in at 588 mm³ while the 6S's is 672 mm³— just 14% larger.

Doing some back-of-the-enveloper math and shaving off 0.5 mm each dimension thats 478.5 mm³ for the 6S Plus and 512.325 mm³ for the 6S— 7% larger.

A teardown of the Taptic component could reveal that the internals in the 6S Plus's are the same size or even a hair larger. I'd like to see that teardown.

Slipp D - Reply

How about BRCM components? Still holds the WiFi-Bluetooth combo chip?

csak - Reply

Where can i buy that fancy new ifixit screw driver? stop holding out!

jmcdonough - Reply

I'm wondering if the battery is the same dimensions as the 6 Plus because to be honest it seems like it does when I look at my 6 Plus without it's screen... If it is would it be possible to put a 6 Plus battery in the 6S Plus for the capacity?

ipodnanofreak420 - Reply

"The only thing that's changed, is Everything"

-Apple

djlobb01 - Reply

Apple6 : NXP65V10 +ams aS39230 BOOSTER

Apple6S: NXP 66V10 NFC Controller

it means that no booster is in Apple 6S ?

Joe

Joe - Reply

Hynix E3NAND 16GB (128Gbit) partnumber should be H23QDG8UD1ACS not H230DG8UD1ACS (4th Letter is "Q" instead of "0"), but it's hard to read on the chip. BR Lars

Lars Weyrauch - Reply

i wonna iPhone 5

Dot and Dash - Reply

Any idea about the display driver IC?

CapTouch - Reply

What is iPhone 6s Plus NB30 gold 128gb? NB30

Lim - Reply

What is NB 30 mean for iPhone 6splus gold 128GB, it was written on repair service sheet. NB30?

Lim - Reply

I'm with you Lim, I haven't a clue what NB30 has to do with the iPhone 6s. However I do know that The NB in NB30 stands for NetBook. Chime in anyone

Injured Device Repair LLC -

I done this up until step 9 and reassembled afterwards and now my Touch ID does not work what should I do.

My screen prints Touch ID no longer works once my iPhone switches on

A.Albrek - Reply

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