HOW IT’S DONE

iPhone XS

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BACK­GROUND

Last year’s iPhone X had a weird name and the most ad­vanced in­ter­nals we’d ever seen. Now Ap­ple turns it up to 11 with the iPhone XS and XS Max. We’re tak­ing apart the XS, so grab hold of your Ro­man nu­mer­als, and let’s get started.

MA­JOR TECH SPECS

• Hexa-core A12 Bionic SoC with a

“next-gen” Neu­ral En­gine • 5.8-inch (2,436 x 1,125-pixel) 458 ppi Su­per Retina OLED dis­play ≠ with True Tone, wide color gamut, and 3D Touch • 12MP rear cam­eras (wide-an­gle ≠ and tele­photo) with f/1.8 and f/2.4 aper­tures and OIS, and 7MP selfie cam paired with TrueDepth Face ID hard­ware • 64GB of on­board stor­age (256 and

512GB op­tional con­figs) • Gi­ga­bit-class LTE (not 5G), as well as 802.11a/ b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi, with MIMO, Blue­tooth 5.0, and NFC • Im­proved dust and wa­ter re­sis­tance

with an IP68 rat­ing

KEY FIND­INGS

Ap­ple may be chang­ing up its nam­ing scheme, but we’re glad it left the open­ing pro­ce­dure alone. Our iOpener soft­ens the hid­den ad­he­sive, then a suc­tion han­dle and hal­berd spudger free the dis­play. Though we feared Ap­ple might use more ad­he­sive to achieve that IP68 rat­ing, we fared no worse than with ye olde IP67-rated pre­de­ces­sors. With the top­side pe­riph­er­als dis­patched, we can turn our at­ten­tion to the most im­por­tant part of ev­ery S-se­ries iPhone: the logic board. Hav­ing seen this kind of board be­fore, we’ve got good at pulling this PCB sand­wich apart. The S-year of­ten comes with a cam­era up­grade, and Ap­ple had a lot to say about th­ese new sen­sors. The wide-an­gle sen­sor size has been in­creased by 32%, and pixel size has also been in­creased. One thing Ap­ple for­got to men­tion about the new cam­era: All that 32% had to go some­where, and the cam­era bump had to grow a lit­tle — your iPhone X case may not fit your iPhone XS. The XS packs a 10.13Wh bat­tery (2,659mAh at 3.81V), weigh­ing 39.5g — slightly down­graded from last year’s X. But this de­crease in ca­pac­ity comes with a wild new bat­tery con­fig­u­ra­tion. Rather than us­ing two cells to fill this L-shaped re­cess, Ap­ple has con­structed an all-new sin­gle-cell bat­tery. What was rev­o­lu­tion­ary last year is quickly be­com­ing stan­dard — the XS comes with a sen­sor ar­ray for Ap­ple’s fancy Face ID tech. The Tap­tic en­gine and loud­speaker come out in an as­sem­bly, but eas­ily sep­a­rate. It looks like the rear glass is still sand­wiched be­tween the cam­era bump and the frame with dozens of tiny welds. De­spite the many im­prove­ments, it’s got the same iPhone 8/iPhone X back glass con­struc­tion, mean­ing one tiny crack calls for a whole chas­sis re­place­ment.≠ ≠ Re­pairabil­ity score: 6 out of 10 (10 is eas­i­est to re­pair). Crit­i­cal dis­play and bat­tery re­pairs re­main a pri­or­ity in the iPhone. A dis­play can be re­placed with­out re­mov­ing the Face ID hard­ware. Lib­eral use of screws is prefer­able to glue — but you need Ap­ple-spe­cific driv­ers (Pen­talobe and tri-point) in ad­di­tion to Phillips. Wa­ter­proof­ing com­pli­cates some re­pairs, but makes wa­ter dam­age less likely. Glass on front and back dou­bles the like­li­hood of drop dam­age and if the back glass breaks, you’ll be re­mov­ing ev­ery com­po­nent, and re­plac­ing the en­tire chas­sis.

Ap­ple’s Face ID tech­nol­ogy makes an­other ap­pear­ance.

You get into the new iPhones the same way you do the pre­vi­ous ones.

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