iPhone XS Teardown Reveals New Single-Cell L-Shaped Battery

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Dutch repair site FixjeiPhone today shared a teardown of the iPhone XS, providing us with our first look inside the 5.8-inch model.

    A side-by-side comparison shot with the iPhone X reveals that the internal layout of the iPhone XS has not changed significantly, with the most obvious difference being a new single-cell L-shaped battery with a capacity of 2,658 mAh.


    The battery was also L-shaped in the iPhone X, but it was a two-cell configuration, instead of a single lithium-ion battery pack.

    While the iPhone XS's battery has around 2.2 percent less capacity than the 2,716 mAh battery in the iPhone X, Apple says the iPhone XS gets up to 30 minutes longer battery life than the iPhone X per charge cycle, presumably due to efficiency gains from the A12 Bionic chip and other components.

    FixjeiPhone shared a photo of the iPhone XS almost completely disassembled, but it has not labeled any components or manufacturers.


    Their video teardown, which can be watched with English subtitles on YouTube, indicates that the display is a bit harder to remove due to stronger seals that help the iPhone XS achieve its improved IP68-rated water resistance.

    Repair site iFixit should have more detailed iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max teardowns soon after the devices launch in stores tomorrow.

    Article Link: iPhone XS Teardown Reveals New Single-Cell L-Shaped Battery
  2. max.ine macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    All the internals really are getting smaller. Except the battery.
  3. Howard2k macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2016
    If it's a single cell then it's not a battery.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  5. Mydel macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2006
    Sometimes here mostly there
    I have no issues with taking apart every iPhone till 7...But now the amount of glue is staggering. Its really had to put it back without the new parts as have no idea what glue are they using
  6. RGomezPhotos macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2014
    New York City, USA
    So... Except for the CPU upgrade, the Xs is last year's technology and design. Can someone please explain to me why the price of the phone hasn't gotten cheaper?
  7. Howard2k macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2016

    Yeah, it's just simple basic business. The actual term we use is "economics".

    Price doesn't directly correlate to cost.

    Cost is how much you need to spend to build and bring to market.
    Price is how much the end user will pay.
  8. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    when the iphone 4s or 5s was released, was cheaper? no, it retain the same price
  9. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    If they took out the Taptic Engine, cameras, sensors, and some other parts, there'd be more room for a bigger battery.
  10. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I think it’s a testament to how good the iPhone X truly was last year..

    There is a reason Apple didn’t sell it for 899.99 along side the 2018 offerings lol

    No one would have bought the XS.
  11. asdavis10 macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    Because the market values that design and specs at that price. It isn't as if consumers don't have choices regarding smartphones or iPhones.
  12. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    The single L-shaped battery was supposed to increase the capacity according to last years rumours..... what happened? ;)
  13. Jakewilk macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2014
    Actually that got smaller too
  14. max.ine macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    Now that you mention it, you’re right, if only barely. All these years later, I’m still really impressed by how many little things can fit into such a small phone.
  15. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Flipping heck! Ssoooo much stuffed into a small device, also fantastic to see tons of screws used! These are certainly assembled by hand and machine that’s for sure.
  16. AngerDanger, Sep 20, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    I gotcha covered, mate:

  17. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  18. mejsric macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2013
    who told you that is has last year technology?
  19. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    That is what I was just about to comment! Can't believe it. Usually they are pretty fast!
  20. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    Touch ID would take up less space and possibly remove the notch.
  21. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2009
    My guess is the larger “empty” space (without internal cells) will allow for less heat / faster charging. That can improve reliability and LT efficiency of the battery unit.
  22. Sasparilla, Sep 20, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018

    Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Same reason they never got cheaper on "S" years before. Its a young industry you'll get used to how they roll after a while. ;)

    Update and refine the guts some (CPU, Cell Radios & Camera are the big things), keep the price the same. I was hoping they'd drop the X $100, but this is totally inline with what they and Samsung and Google and Motorola and...do pretty much every year...for years.
  23. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

    Return Zero

    Oct 2, 2013
    There's a whole plethora of small upgrades on the XS, including a RAM bump, better waterproofing, faster LTE chip, better speakers and mics, bigger camera sensor, stronger cover glass, faster Face ID, not to mention all the ongoing software/services/security development, most of which comes included in the price of the phone but is absolutely not free to produce. In what world does that necessitate a price drop? By all means, go complain on the Mac Pro thread about old tech not being discounted enough, but doing it here just makes you look ignorant.
  24. EdT macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    Because the components may fit into the same area but they aren’t the same technology. The CPU is a new and much more powerful chip, the A12-(link). In addition, there is more ram available to this years model than to last years, and memory seems to be an expensive addition for any brand of phone, Apple included.

    I can’t tell you if that justifies the price but internally there are important upgrades.
  25. [AUT] Thomas macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2016
    Graz [Austria]
    Actually, I'd be all-in for that... I'd take the phone without the taptic engine and the whole front camera thing, i.e. the notch can be removed as well. Instead put Touch ID on the back. Dual-Cam is also overrated. Phone can be 1,5mm thicker, I don't mind... still better than protruding camera.

    And, yes, I'm well aware that will never happen...

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