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iFixit today shared a new report detailing which parts from the new iPhone SE can be replaced with those from the iPhone 8. This comes just days after a teardown video shared on Thursday by a Chinese YouTuber also highlighted many of the similarities between the two devices.

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iPhone 8 (left) and the new iPhone SE (right) via iFixit

The report mentions that the 2020 iPhone SE's cameras, SIM tray, Taptic Engine, and the display assembly are all swappable with iPhone 8 parts. However, it is worth noting that True Tone functionality will be lost with any iPhone screen swap without access to a screen programmer.

The report also mentions that although some parts are very similar between the two devices, they aren't interchangeable. The home button is not interchangeable, so iFixit recommends substituting an aftermarket version of the home button or going directly to Apple in the event of a repair. The batteries on the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE look identical, but the report notes that the iPhone SE's battery logic board connector differs from that in the iPhone 8 and the two won't fit together.

iFixit was overall impressed with how the new iPhone SE uses several parts that many repair shops already have. iFixit's full teardown of the 2020 iPhone SE is currently in progress and is set to debut on Monday.

Article Link: iFixit Details Which Parts Can Be Swapped Between the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE
 

JosephAW

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If the iPhone SE is using the same case and parts of the iPhone 8 then why don't we see the exact same thing for an iPhone SE Plus using the iPhone 8 Plus parts?

The only reason I didn't purchase the iPhone SE is because I'm using an iPhone 7 Plus and don't want to go down in screen size and having the two cameras now that include the telephoto lens.
 

danny842003

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If the iPhone SE is using the same case and parts of the iPhone 8 then why don't we see the exact same thing for an iPhone SE Plus using the iPhone 8 Plus parts?

The only reason I didn't purchase the iPhone SE is because I'm using an iPhone 7 Plus and don't want to go down in screen size and having the two cameras now that include the telephoto lens.

If you’re holding out on an SE plus I feel you’re going to be disappointed.
 

jonblatho

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I was thinking the same thing. I would totally take a display form an 8 and put it on SE to get 3D touch and also to get a white front on a white phone.
You would need to keep the black home button that came with the phone originally, though, or connect the white one which would be unusable.
 
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PickUrPoison

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Was there any doubt?
There shouldn’t be any doubt that Apple will have reused as many parts as possible from the iPhone 8 (or even earlier). That’s how you get a $399 price—older, cheaper parts. Definitely not by using more expensive parts from newer iPhones. That said, according to an earlier teardown, the rear camera modules are different.

The SE is a much better deal than the iPhone 8 that was $449 just a couple weeks ago. It’s an incredible value, I’m sure you agree!
 
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magicschoolbus

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Would be interesting to know what kind of camera is in this iPhone. I’m going to say it’s probably something left over from the 6s or iPad line.
 
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tobybrut

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Just goes to show Apple could have charged this low price all along when the iPhone 8 came out originally and that none of the current line up is worth the £1000+ they are currently charging.
What it proves is that the SE can come down in price because 95% of the hardware R&D for the phone had already been expensed into making the iPhone 8. The parts may cost roughly the same, but the iPhone 8 had to make enough money to recover R&D costs. That includes all the engineering into designing the casing, antennas, motherboard, etc., along with the tooling in the factory to make these parts. That already being done two years ago, they don’t need to charge for it again in the SE. They still had some software R&D, but very little hardware R&D. If Apple had had to redesign this phone, you can guarantee it wouldn’t be selling for $399.
 
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