What the first teardown of an iPhone 15 Pro reveals

Camille Coirault

September 23, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.


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The YouTube channel specializing in smartphone disassembly PBKreviews looked at Apple’s latest gem to discover the secrets of its design. Some differences should be noted compared to the previous generation.

If there is one smartphone that is awaited by its die-hard fans with each new generation, it is the iPhone. Barely released, the iPhone 15 Pro is already a success. Lighter than before, more efficient and still equipped with excellent photographic capabilities, this new version remains in the purest tradition of Apple’s flagship product. If the overwhelming majority buy it for classic use, this is not the case for everyone. YouTube channel PBKreviews got hold of one, just to take it apart and find out what’s hidden in the belly of the beast.

Disconcertingly easy disassembly

The first step in disassembly necessarily involves removing the screen. A step which is carried out with (too much?) great fluidity as you can see in the video at the bottom of the article. Handling still remains delicate, since the panel is connected to the phone using a single cable. Flexible and tiny, it could easily be damaged if disassembly is not done carefully.

The layer below the screen is made up of an aluminum cover to which a graphite film is affixed. Designed to improve heat dissipation when using the phone, it turns out that it is not the most efficient there is. Previous media reports Wccftech had already reported this problem in an article dating back a few days.

iPhone 15 Pro (teardown) © © PBKreviews

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Developments and comparisons

In terms of the battery, the “L” shaped design makes a comeback. It is very easy to remove thanks to its tab system, but it is not unanimously accepted by repairers and DIY enthusiasts. Designed to optimize the space inside the device, its replacement can however be more complex than a conventionally shaped battery. To remove it, a few drops of isopropyl alcohol are enough.

The A17 Pro motherboard and PCB are also relatively easy to remove from the assembly. The USB-C port is also soldered to the PCB, a design that could apparently become problematic in the event of a malfunction.

According to PBKreviews’ findings, Apple appears to have made progress in the internal construction of its smartphone. Even if room for improvement remains possible (notably in terms of the design of the battery and the position of certain completely hidden screws), the channel gave it a nice score of 7/10. A better result than that of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Source : Wccftech

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