Second iPhone SE teardown concludes 4-incher is harder to repair than iPhone 6s
It didn’t take long for a group of skilled and resourceful engineers to pry open the newly released iPhone SE and give us a quick look under the hood, confirming what everyone kind of already suspected.
This is by no means an entirely “new” device, recycling a number of key components from the ancient iPhone 5s, as well as last year’s 6s. And yes, describing the 2016 4-incher as a 6s mini seems largely accurate.
But oddly enough, the SE appears to borrow something else from the 5s besides the overall design language and form factor. The two are just as tricky to fix for non-professionals in case something breaks, both scoring 6 out of 10 possible repairability points after being torn down and put back together by iFixit’s DYI specialists.
The iPhone 6s, meanwhile, is graded a 7 on the same scale, exactly like the 6 and 5. Nonetheless, screen replacements are made relatively easy by the semi-modular display assembly on the iPhone SE, and its 1,624 mAh battery can be accessed without much hassle too.
On the not so bright side, opening the bad boy in the first place will be a pain, and the Touch ID sensor has very sensitive cables. Speaking of, iFixit fully clarifies that also: the fingerprint-recognition mechanism and display are no different from those used on the 5s, for both good and bad.