iPhone 6s teardown triple-checks smaller battery, yields decent repairability score
Sitting in a long line in the cold at an Apple Store somewhere, waiting for the precious new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to go on sale, and wondering exactly how their internals look? That’s sure an odd detail to obsess over right now, especially if you’ve made your final purchase decision, but the iFixit DIY specialists fully support disassembly enthusiasts.
And better they do it before you try, and end up with a pile of messed-up components, plus a few dozen screws that bizarrely don’t fit anywhere anymore. As usual, iFixit makes the whole teardown affair look like a walk in the park, particularly after dismantling the eerily similar iPhone 6 last year.
Yes, the 6 and 6s are near-identical twins both on the outside and inside, scoring 7 out of 10 possible repairability points each. That means they’re theoretically easier to patch in the comfort of your home than the iPhone 5s and 5c if the display, for instance, cracks, but slightly harder to take apart, then put back together than the LG G4.
You’re probably not going to be shocked to hear the battery is non-removable, although it’s relatively “straightforward to access”… for a pro. As rumored, and unintentionally confirmed by the device’s manufacturers and marketers themselves, the cell capacity has “notably” dropped from 1,810 to 1,715 mAh.
Nonetheless, the iPhone 6s is “imperceptibly” thicker and a few grams heavier than its predecessor to accommodate various 3D Touch-enabling guts, which however don’t influence the architectural overview one way or the other. Bottom line, this is essentially the same exact phone.