While Chipworks may have given us the first peek into the new iPhone SE, the teardown most of us always anticipate is the iFixit teardown of any new device. iFixit didn’t disappoint, as they have posted their gutting of the new device, and it showed us a few things we didn’t know.
First off, the display assembly uses the same components as the iPhone 5s. Everything from the display panel to the 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime camera is exactly the same as the iPhone 5s.
The Touch ID component is definitely the same first-generation piece of tech as used in the iPhone 5s, so don’t expect the speedy response time you’d get from the Touch ID sensor in an iPhone 6s/6s Plus.
Other components the iPhone SE shares with the iPhone 5s include the speaker and vibration motor. The Lightning connector has minor changes, and the battery should perform slightly better, as it is a 1624mAh, compared to the 1560mAh found in the 5S.
iFixit gives the new device a repairability rating of 6/10, (10 being easiest to repair), due to the following:
The display assembly is the first component out of the phone, simplifying screen replacements.
The battery is fairly easy to access, even though it’s not technically “user replaceable
The Touch ID cable could be easily ripped out of its socket if a user is not careful when opening the phone.
The iPhone SE still uses Pentalobe screws on the exterior, making it difficult to open.