iPhone 8 teardown reveals smaller battery, 2GB of RAM and stubborn glass back

By Shawn Knight · 10 replies
Sep 22, 2017
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  1. Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are out today and cosmetically, not much has changed aside from the new glass back. It’s a seemingly insignificant substitution but one that could have a major impact on your ability to repair the phone should the need arise.

    The teardown experts at iFixit hopped a plane to Australia (time zones and all) to be among the first to get their mitts on Apple’s latest iPhone.

    Diving right in, the team removed the requisite pentalobe screws, applied heat to soften the waterproof display seals then used a suction cup tool to get inside.

    While you’ll encounter a few new connectors and brackets along the way, not a whole lot has changed on the inside. The iPhone 8 uses the same f/1.8 aperture lens as before but virtually everything else about the camera is new and improved. As expected, the battery inside the iPhone 8 is indeed smaller than last year’s model at 1,821mAh (3.82V, 6.96 Wh).

    Separating the rear glass from the chassis, however, proved a bit difficult as the team accidentally bent the reinforcement plate out of shape. Apple has probably perfected the process but of course, they aren’t talking.

    All things considered, the iPhone 8 earned a repairability score of six out of 10 (the higher the number, the easier it is to repair).

    As before, the two most commonly replaced components – the display and battery – are relatively straightforward to get to with the proper tools and knowledge. The addition of wireless charging is also a good thing as it’ll mean less wear and tear on the Lightning port, a common point of failure.

    Apple claims the rear glass panel is durable but we’ll have to see how it holds up in torture tests and in the real world over time. Either way, replacing it won’t be easy.

    All images courtesy iFixit

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    "Apple claims the rear glass panel is durable but we’ll have to see how it holds up in torture tests".
    There must be a YouTuber or two out there trying to make a name for themselves that have already shot it up with a Howitzer using armour piercing projectiles then reported back it wasn't as durable as they'd hoped, it was disappointingly destroyed by the 1st salvo.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. bmw95

    bmw95 TS Maniac Posts: 205   +176

    You never know, your phone might need to stop a bullet ;)
    MannerMauler likes this.
  4. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +440

    Bend over and pay again ... to the Apple God.

    For what exactly? Doesn't matter ... you like the violation.

    Pun intended.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2017
  5. Rockstarrrr

    Rockstarrrr TS Booster Posts: 97   +69

    Get over yourself, "bend-gate" was real, Apple went cheap with materials, hence switching to better quality ones. There are few examples of the same thing in Android-based manufactures too (Xiaomi Mi5 for example).

    Same thing with "antenna-gate" when Jobs claimed "you`re not using phone in the right way". Even almighty Apple sometimes makes mistakes. But they do always overcharge.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    Bend gate? Antenna gate? I'd completely forgotten about those incidents until you reminded me now. Initially I though this a response to something I commented on years ago.
  7. Sausagemeat

    Sausagemeat TS Booster Posts: 159   +83

    I bought a Note 8 on Monday and returned it yesterday for an iPhone 8 plus and I couldn’t be happier. It’s odd, I’m a reasonably intelligent man, a tech enthusiast, PC builder and I’m actually a corporate telephony professional. But I absolutely cannot see how any of these Samsung devices even hold a candle to apple mobile devices. Yet the comments sections of most tech sites and bloggers are filled with people informing everyone that only stupid people buy iphones. In my opinion, it’s stupid to listen to those people.
    Rippleman likes this.
  8. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 870   +393

    They are teens virtually all the time from what I have seen. And the ones that aren't teens should simply be embarrassed for being mistaken for a teen.
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,216   +749

    What was better about the iPhone?
  10. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,485   +803

    Smaller batteries? Great...BUT!!! They will be glad to sell you a case that has a battery built in,
    which by the way, probably equals the capacity that the phone USE to have. Oh, and for that honor
    we will charge you an outrageous price ;)
    But, you will look "fashionable" while carrying this "sexy, slim, colorful & stylish" phone.
    THAT, to me, is the problem with the entire smartphone industry. They have been taken over by
    the "fashion" industry, and are more worried about how something LOOKS than how it FUNCTIONS.
    They are catering to the hollywood bunch that carries these things around, in hopes than the sheep
    of the world buy into it, and their device because "it's what so & so" carries.
    Can't wait for the fashion/trendy/hollywood types find something else to latch onto, and leave the
    phones alone. Get the phones off their stupid diets, let em bulk up, eat a few hot dogs & cheeseburgers,
    gain some weight! Phones are so "slim & sexy" now that if you are silly enough to stick one in your
    overly tight skinny jeans, then sit down, it will break! Plus, look how everyone goes on and on about
    how "ugly" bezels are, or, a "shameful" camera bump on the back? Seriously? It's A PHONE, not a
    piece of jewelry (well, considering the price, it is about "jewelry" price).
  11. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,309   +255

    So an iPhone (with 1821mAh and 2GB ram) is trading blows with any (flagship) android phone (with 3000mAh+ battery and 4GB ram) ?
    are android phones that badly optimized?

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