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Apple's iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max launched today, and repair site iFixit has picked up one of the new iPhone 11 Pro models to take apart for one of the site's traditional teardowns.

iFixit is doing this year's teardown live on YouTube, which everyone can follow right along to get a peek inside Apple's newest devices as they're pulled apart bit by bit.

iFixit's teardown is kicking off right at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time, and it usually takes at least a few hours for the phones to be disassembled. We'll be following along and sharing highlights from the teardown below.

- There are two battery connectors in the iPhone 11 Pro, which is a first for an iPhone. iFixit says that this might be a sign of bilateral wireless charging, a feature that did not launch.

- The display looks about the same as the display in the iPhone XS with a similar Face ID arrangement.

- The Taptic Engine is smaller than the Taptic Engine in the iPhone XS. The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro this year no longer feature 3D Touch, which could be a factor.

- - As far as water resistance goes, the adhesive and waterproofing techniques seem to be similar to the water resistance features on the iPhone XS Max, despite the improved rating. Both iPhones are IP68 water resistant, but the iPhone 11 Pro has been rated to 4 meters at 30 minutes, while the XS Max was rated to 2 meters at 30 minutes.

- There are three adhesive strips holding the battery in place, making it more difficult to remove.

- Cable routing is different in the iPhone 11 Pro compared to the iPhone XS. There's a new cable that goes down to the charging port.

- The wireless coil in the iPhone 11 Pro looks the same as the charging coil in the iPhone XS.

- The battery is 11.6whr and appears to be thicker than the battery in the iPhone XS, which is in line with rumors.

iFixit has ended its live teardown and plans to go into more detail in an iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown that's coming later today.

Article Link: iFixit Tearing Down New iPhone 11 Pro Live on YouTube
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macrumors G3
Oct 17, 2014
Colorado, USA
What happened to doing the teardown right after the iPhones go on sale in Australia and New Zealand? It was interesting to see the inside of the device before most of us ever saw the outside in real life. ;)
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Aug 28, 2019
The hairdryer helps heat up the adhesive, to help remove the internal parts easier. Oh, and there are plenty of experienced women with iFixit who can break down the iPhone probably better than you can. ?
I prefer a heat gun, but I've used hair dryers before in a pinch. They work just fine.


Sep 14, 2019
I heard lots of people said they want a slightly smaller phone which isn't necessarily mean a smaller screen and forced to buy a bigger phone. The iPhone 11 lineup doesn't have that model to fulfill the size gap of a usual 5-inch smartphone.
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macrumors regular
May 25, 2016
This thing is ridiculous looking. AAPL needs to get their head out of their (you know what) on design. Horrible.
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macrumors 65816
Jun 11, 2014
So, basically, more evidence that this is an S-squared-model year design iteration. Got it.


macrumors 68040
Aug 29, 2009
Guys. It literally has 4-5 HOURS more battery than the XS models. What are you complaining about?
Wouldn't it be safe to say it would have an extra hour or two if they had increased the thickness to meet the same thickness of the camera hub?


macrumors 6502a
Nov 8, 2018
Looking forward to ifixit’s scathing repairability score of 1/10, which will have no effect on anyones purchasing decisions

*Edit* I’m mocking ifixit here folks, to be clear :p
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macrumors 65816
Aug 1, 2013
"There are two battery connectors in the iPhone 11 Pro, which is a first for an iPhone. iFixit says that this might be a sign of bilateral wireless charging, a feature that did not launch. "
Again with this - no offense but these 2 girls disassembling the phone have no clue

Also Apple already told Mashable on background that there is NO bilateral charger on this year's phone

"A person familiar with the matter told me it’s not something the company included and the inevitable teardowns of the phones won’t reveal any special coil for it. This highly positioned person at Apple also reminded me not to take all rumors as truth"

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macrumors 6502a
Nov 8, 2018
I’m assuming everyone who is complaining about the camera bump doesn’t use a case. You folks know it’s $279 to replace the screen, right? I just use an Apple leather case, it’s about as slim as possible and protects from falls. The camera is slightly inset on the back so I can even lay the phone down on a concrete bench without worrying about scratching the camera lens.
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