iPhone 6 Tear down

I began with a whole but broken iPhone 6. I used a suction cup to pull of the screen, a plastic prying lever, and several small screw drivers: a flat head, a Phillips head and a small torx head for the first two bolts on next to the lightening port. IMG_5385.jpg

 

I proceeded to slowing peal away the layers.

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There are so many parts in the iPhone it is hard to say it is made from one primary material. Clearly, when holding on I phone we can readily identify the CNC’ed aluminum receiver and the LCD touch screen. Once inside there is the battery which takes up a 50% of the real estate inside the receiver. Surrounding it is a complicated network of connections between chips, plugs and buttons.

There were several chips with numbers on them:

  • dtv44434 j5jfyphay
  • 1AA1C7H44872 02AG16QAY
  • QUALCOMM MDM9625M OBA B4Y882.0 H244403: this is a mobile data modem
  • AVAGO A8020 KA1444 JR172 OB00M: power amplifier
  • AVAGO A8010 KA1444 JP157 OT00M: power amplifier
  • 77356-8 08161.1 1446MX:power amplifier
  • 77802-23 6411573.1 1446 MX: power amplifier
  • 77803-20 6415705P 1447 MX: power amplifier
  • APPLE A8: processor

Two design design elements I found interesting were the polished logo on the back of the receiver and the shock absorbing corners. The log was interesting because it was a separate piece from the receiver that fit into holes cut into it. I tried to pry it out but I was unable to The corners showed how the receiver cleverly hid shock absorption into the phone.

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