A second disassembly of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max has confirmed the minimum internal changes that Apple has made to its predecessor, the iPhone X, but adds that there is an antenna change that can help the device to speed up connection speeds via mobile to reach networks.
The usual I am repairing it disassembly can best be described as a repetition of the disassembly of the iPhone X last year, with the vast majority of components similar to the previous model and installed in much the same way. After removing the displays, the iPhone XS Max seems to have been constructed in the same way as its smaller counterpart, but with a little more room for component placement.
An external change noticed by the team is the addition of an extra antenna band in which the left microphone hole was located. It is represented by I am repairing it this can be used to add support for "Gigabit LTE", although it would probably also help improve carrier reception in general.
A big difference between the two models is the battery, in the sense that while the iPhone XS is advanced to an L-shaped unit with one cell, the iPhone XS Max cancels the design of last year by using two cells in a similar form . The battery change of the iPhone XS was discovered Thursday in a disassembly.
As with the previous disassembly, iFixit found that the battery in the iPhone XS had to be a small downgrade of the iPhone X, with 2.659 mA capacity. As expected, the XS Max battery is larger, with 3.179 mAh in its two-cell design.
The battery is charged and power is supplied to the iPhone XS Max by an Apple-designed power controller. It is said that Apple has been designing its own power management chips for some time, instead of relying on components made by third parties, giving it more control over the supply chain and how devices function.
The larger XS Max makes use of the extra internal space by including a larger Taptic Engine, as well as an extensive logic card that pushes one of the display connectors to the base. The increase in the pixel sizes of the wide-angle sensor also appears to have increased the camera bump in the iPhone XS, evoking a warning of compatibility with iPhone X cases.
At the back of the glass is noted that it has the same construction as that for the iPhone X and iPhone 8. According to iFixit, this means that a single small crack in the rear panel requires full chassis replacement when repaired.
At the end of the disassembly, I am repairing it gave a "recoverable" score of 6 out of 10. While display and battery repairs are considered a priority of the design, and the display can be replaced without turning off the Face ID hardware, the waterproofing measures and the problem with the repairing the glass back damage the score of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS.