IFixIt has performed a comprehensive technical Teardown of the iPhone 6S to examine the handset’s build quality and overall construction. The iPhone 6S features an Apple A9 processor with embedded M9 motion co-processor, 4.7-inch 1334×750 (326 ppi) screen containing 3D touch functionality, 7000 series aluminium enclosure and Ion-X glass making for the best protection on the market today. Additionally, the device opts for a 12-megapixel iSight rear camera featuring 4K video recording. The front shooter is a fairly standard 5-megapixel sensor and you can choose between 16GB/64GB/128GB SKUs.
As with any modern Apple device, a range of tools and patience is required to do a component rundown. This is only a brief overview, and the complete guide can be found here. Apple utilized the usual array of ribbon flaps and hidden screws, but the new Taptic-engine takes up quite a large amount of space. Furthermore, the display assembly is rather hefty at 60 grams, and marks a 15 gram increase from the previous model. Rather surprisingly, the panel section weighs the same as Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus handset.
- Apple A9 APL0898 SoC + Samsung 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM (as denoted by the markings K3RG1G10BM-BGCH)
- Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE Cat. 6 Modem (vs. the MDM9625M found in the iPhone 6)
- InvenSense MP67B 6-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer Combo (also found in iPhone 6)
- Bosch Sensortec 3P7 LA 3-axis Accelerometer (likely BMA280)
TriQuint TQF6405 Power Amplifier Module
Skyworks SKY77812 Power Amplifier Module
Avago AFEM-8030 Power Amplifier Module
Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking IC
- Toshiba THGBX5G7D2KLFXG 16 GB 19 nm NAND Flash
- Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00043 Wi-Fi Module
NXP 66V10 NFC Controller (vs. 65V10 found in iPhone 6)
Apple/Dialog 338S00120 Power Management IC
Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00105 Audio IC
Qualcomm PMD9635 Power Management IC
Skyworks SKY77357 Power Amplifier Module (likely an iteration of the SKY77354)
The Apple iPhone 6S has some rather subtle under-the-hood changes but feels quite iterative compared to its predecessor.
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