Friday 20 July 2018

iPhone SE teardown reveals familar innards

iphone se
iphone se

Daniel Anderson

The iPhone SE is out there in the world now and that means its time to reveal all of its secrets, including how close it is to the iPhone 5s

The iPhone SE is out there in the wild (in select countries at least) and the early reviews are pretty strong for this powerful 4 inch device. Now we get to the real business by seeing what it looks like inside!

The iFixit crowd have ripped apart a Rose Gold iPhone SE to get a look at the innards and they've found it's a pretty familiar little device - in many way almost identical to the 5s which came out in 2013. The display is identical and so is the TouchID sensor, SIM card slot, speaker and vibrator, and the dimensions are almost exactly the same. They even found that transplanting the screen from a 5s to the SE works!

Here's an X-ray showing the similar models:

These pros make it look like taking the phone apart is easy but it's all for a reason, letting users know how simple it is to repair their handset at home. The iPhone SE gets a 6/10 for repairability, noting that the screen at least could be swapped out by someone with readily available tools. A slightly more experienced sort might be able to pop in a new battery but beyond that you're going to be looking at going a more costly route, or just getting a new phone.

If you've got an iPhone 5s and were thinking of an upgrade, this seems like the ideal choice.

The Apple iPhone SE is coming out in Ireland in April 2016.

(all images from iFixit)

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