iFixit's iPhone 11 Teardown: 'An iPhone XR With Some iPhone 11 Pro Tech Inside'

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Following a teardown of the iPhone 11 Pro Max on Friday, iFixit today posted a separate teardown of the entry-level iPhone 11 model.


The repair site reiterated what has been said previously about the iPhone 11: it's essentially an iPhone XR, but with a few internal upgrades from the new iPhone 11 Pro family. There's a double-decker logic board, upgraded wide and ultrawide camera lenses, and what iFixit believes to be ultra wideband antenna technology embedded into the rear case.

Otherwise, the teardown doesn't reveal much unknown information about the iPhone 11. iFixit delved into the device's rectangular battery, which is only marginally improved upon last year's iPhone XR battery. The iPhone 11 has a 3,110 mAh battery, measuring about 7 percent more compared to the iPhone XR and accounting for the one hour battery increase that Apple claimed in its keynote.


iFixit also briefly discussed the potential for bilateral charging on the iPhone 11, which the site ultimately pointed out was never meant to be on the entry-level 2019 iPhone. The iPhone 11 lacks a second battery connector (unlike the 11 Pro Max), and iFixit explained that a larger battery and additional thermal management "would almost certainly be required" for bilateral charging on the iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 earned a repairability score of 6 out of 10. iFixit said that the display is easier to replace than in other smartphones, but the site bemoaned Apple's continued use of proprietary screws and an increased chance of breakage due to glass on the front and back of the iPhone 11.

Article Link: iFixit's iPhone 11 Teardown: 'An iPhone XR With Some iPhone 11 Pro Tech Inside'
 

WannaGoMac

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if they increased the battery size another 21% imagine how long the thing would last.... we could go a whole day without worrying about running out of battery power :)
 
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I compared my red iphone 11 to my colleagues red iphone xr. the 11 is a slightly lighter (more pinky) kind of red. It sucks. Not as nice as the xr red and now I can't unsee it. Thinking of returning it for another color.
 

roland.g

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It’s the same screen. Same body except for the camera. Didn’t we already know this from the keynote.
 
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Front and back glass may be more fragile than Front glass and rear plastic, however, most of the premium phones have this issue these days.

The Screws are a non issue anymore. You can get tools for that cheap from various sources these days. It is about as relevant as complaining about Torx v.s. Allen.
 

ItsGavinC

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Wonderful phone. Upgraded from an X (my battery life was getting terrible) and I don't regret it at all. I was worried about going back to an LCD screen, and the resolution, but it's totally fine for me. Love the better battery life, love the slightly larger screen, size of the phone is great for me, can't tell a difference in screen resolution when using apps, etc. Got a 64 GB because I use iCloud for photos and music. So yeah, I got the cheapest new iPhone and I'm very happy with it.

Last year was the first year I haven't upgraded (have every iPhone since the original except for an XS).
 

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I compared my red iphone 11 to my colleagues red iphone xr. the 11 is a slightly lighter (more pinky) kind of red. It sucks. Not as nice as the xr red and now I can't unsee it. Thinking of returning it for another color.
First world problems 😂
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Front and back glass may be more fragile than Front glass and rear plastic, however, most of the premium phones have this issue these days.

The Screws are a non issue anymore. You can get tools for that cheap from various sources these days. It is about as relevant as complaining about Torx v.s. Allen.
Maybe ifixit doesn’t sell Apple screwdrivers. Don’t forget who they really are and how do they earn their money.
 
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I compared my red iphone 11 to my colleagues red iphone xr. the 11 is a slightly lighter (more pinky) kind of red.
I was wondering if this is the case. The last year red iPhone was too dark for the usual Product RED color.
 

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I'm not a big fan of my new $750 phone being referred to as "entry level". It's like I own the Toyota Yaris of phones... and in reality I feel like it's a 4runner with a good set of options. :p
 

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The iPhone 11 is supposed to be an iPhone 10s without any pro lens and definitely a bad value for the customer that bought it. The introduction of XR screen size only adds more hassle for app developer and probably the least favorite model that barely makes any sense.
 
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I’m actually curious what iFixit does with these phones once they’re completely disassembled, I mean, they _could_ ‘technically’ reassemble them, but are they really that usable given they probably would experience some hardware issues? Or are they kept for spare parts, ect?
 

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The iPhone 11 is supposed to be an iPhone 10s without any pro lens and definitely a bad value for the customer that bought it.
How in the hell is it a bad value? It is significantly cheaper than the 11 Pro and is missing what? A telephoto camera, a higher resolution OLED display, and some battery?
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I’m actually curious what iFixit does with these phones once they’re completely disassembled, I mean, they _could_ ‘technically’ reassemble them, but are they really that usable given they probably would experience some hardware issues? Or are they kept for spare parts, ect?
Assuming they don't break anything in the process the only thing really compromised is the phone's water resistance and its warranty.
 
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I'm not a big fan of my new $750 phone being referred to as "entry level". It's like I own the Toyota Yaris of phones... and in reality I feel like it's a 4runner with a good set of options. :p

An iPhone is more like a premium product, though; its more like saying that you own an entry level BMW, say a 330i, as opposed to a higher end product, say an M340i or, in the case of the 11 Pro Max, an M760Li…
 

WannaGoMac

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Wonderful phone. Upgraded from an X (my battery life was getting terrible) and I don't regret it at all. I was worried about going back to an LCD screen, and the resolution, but it's totally fine for me. Love the better battery life, love the slightly larger screen, size of the phone is great for me, can't tell a difference in screen resolution when using apps, etc. Got a 64 GB because I use iCloud for photos and music. So yeah, I got the cheapest new iPhone and I'm very happy with it.

Last year was the first year I haven't upgraded (have every iPhone since the original except for an XS).
Do you miss the 2x zoom? How does the camera compare to your X and portrait mode?

I'm debating whether to go from the X to either the 11 Pro Max or 11. $400 more for the Max seems just not worth it.
 

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I compared my red iphone 11 to my colleagues red iphone xr. the 11 is a slightly lighter (more pinky) kind of red. It sucks. Not as nice as the xr red and now I can't unsee it. Thinking of returning it for another color.
Lol the iPhone 11 red is amazing looking.
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The iPhone 11 is supposed to be an iPhone 10s without any pro lens and definitely a bad value for the customer that bought it. The introduction of XR screen size only adds more hassle for app developer and probably the least favorite model that barely makes any sense.
the 11 is an amazing value.
 

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The iPhone 11 is supposed to be an iPhone 10s without any pro lens and definitely a bad value for the customer that bought it. The introduction of XR screen size only adds more hassle for app developer and probably the least favorite model that barely makes any sense.
It’s not the device for me but the average user will be satisfied which is why it will probably be the best selling model
Like last years Xr
 

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I'm not a big fan of my new $750 phone being referred to as "entry level". It's like I own the Toyota Yaris of phones... and in reality I feel like it's a 4runner with a good set of options. :p
Oh, Jesus.

If people you don’t know & will never meet, referring online to the $699 phone you purchased as “entry level” bothers you- go ahead & spend the $300 more for a Pro.
Probably MUCH cheaper than hiring a therapist to help unpack why you would care in the slightest.