iFixit has started one of its traditional full device teardowns on the new iPhone 13 Pro, giving us a complete look at all of the components that are inside.
iFixit used X-rays to reveal the L-shaped battery, the MagSafe magnet ring, and stabilizing magnets for image sensors and logic boards before looking inside the new iPhone.
This year’s iPhone 13 Pro has a “scary thin.” upper sensor cable near the top that is easy to rip during repairs, according to iFixit. The Taptic Engine that controls Haptic Touch inside the device appears to be smaller on the surface, but it’s actually bulkier than the similar component in the iPhone 13 Pro, weighing 6.3 grams, up from 4.8 grams.
The iPhone 13 Pro, in comparison to the iPhone 12 Pro, does away with the display-mounted speaker earpiece, making display replacements easier. Apple may be using touch-integrated OLED panels, which combine the touch and OLED layers of the display to reduce cost, thickness, and the number of cables to deal with, according to iFixit.
The flood illuminator and dot projector on the iPhone 13 have been combined into a single module, which is one of the reasons Apple was able to reduce the size of the notch on this year’s iPhones, and the Face ID hardware is now independent of the display. The earpiece speaker has been relocated between the front-facing camera and the Face ID module, which was removed from the display.
Despite the decoupling of the Face ID module and the display, any display replacement, according to iFixit, disables Face ID. This means that non-Apple-approved screen replacements will result in non-functional Face ID components.
The iPhone 13 Pro has an 11.97Wh battery, which equates to 3,095mAh, up from 2,815mAh in the iPhone 12 Pro, as we learned last week. This year’s iPhone 13 Pro features an L-shaped battery, as opposed to the rectangular battery found in last year’s Pro model. Despite rumors that battery replacements would be impossible, iFixit claims that battery swap tests have been successful.
The iPhone 13 Pro comes with 6GB of SK Hynix LPDDR4X RAM, as well as several Apple-designed power management and ultra-wide band chips, and, as expected, Qualcomm’s SDX60M modem and what iFixit believes is a Qualcomm DRR868 5G RF transceiver.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Qualcomm modem chip in this year’s iPhones has satellite communication capability, but iFixit didn’t notice it, and since no satellite feature has been announced, it’s a latent function if it exists. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a satellite feature that will allow people to send texts using a satellite connection in emergency situations, but this functionality isn’t expected until 2022.The iPhone 13 Pro also includes Kioxia NAND Flash memory, a Broadcom front-end module, an NXP Semiconductor NFC controller, and more.
Due to the Face ID display replacement issue, the double glass, and the waterproofing methods that make some repairs more difficult, iFixit gave the iPhone 13 Pro a repairability score of 5 out of 10 due to the Face ID display replacement issue, the double glass, and the waterproofing methods that make some repairs more difficult.