Whereas the remainder of the iPhone obsessed world was on the brink of stand in line or simply impatiently ready for his or her pre-order to reach, the groups at iFixit and Chipworks have been sharpening their instruments like underfed lumberjacks sitting right down to a steak dinner.
Each websites provided liveblogs of their iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus) teardowns and noticed some fascinating tidbits in the course of, discovering a handset that appears much more totally different on the inside than out. However first they needed to dig by way of an entire lot of glue – a membrane of types that appears to play a key role in the phone’s newfound water resistance score, together with the haptic residence button, which additionally serves to get rid of a very long time ache level of damaged buttons.
Amongst different points, utilizing glue as a part of the waterproofing course of might imply that you simply lose a few of that feature when the phone is repaired.
On the chip front, the A10 is front and middle. And there’s an entire lot of it on the floor, with a one hundred twenty five sq. mm footprint. The chip, which additionally bears the far much less memorable identify APL1W24, appears to be manufactured by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Firm), tapped partially on account of its InFO know-how, which retains the chip extremely skinny.
On the unit torn aside by Chipworks (A1778), an Intel mobile mobile platform is current, together with two RF transceivers, power administration and modem. There might be Qualcomm manufactured chips on the CDMA A1660 version, because of some CMDA licensing points for Intel. Information on that's nonetheless to return.
Each Hynix and Toshiba have been employed to offer storage for the new phone. As for memory, there’s 2GB on the 7 and 3GB on the 7 Plus, in accordance with the stories.
iFixit’s report provides the handset a little bit of a combined bag on the repairability front. Along with the aforementioned glue, Apple has added yet one more screw sort, bringing the required screwdriver rely as much as 4.
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