iPhone XS, XS Max show off ‘battery origami’ in iFixit teardown

The iPhone XS and XS Max have been taken apart.


People around the world are lining up to get their hands on Apple’s new iPhone XS and XS Max, but some couldn’t wait to pull it apart (carefully) and check out what’s going on underneath.

Tech repair site iFixit posted an extensive joint iPhone XS and XS Max teardown early Friday and found them mostly similar to last year’s iPhone X.


The XS Max has a two-cell battery (left), while the XS has a new single-cell one (right)


However, it highlighted one major difference in Apple’s “battery origami.” The iPhone XS, the smaller of the two new models, includes a 10.13 Wh battery (2,659 mAh), which iFixit noted is slightly downgraded from the 10.35 Wh one found in the 2017 phone.

“But this decrease in capacity comes with a wild new battery configuration,” said iFixIt. “Rather than using two cells to fill this L-shaped recess, Apple has constructed an all-new single-cell battery.”

The single cell uses the space more efficiently than the two-cell option, but isn’t as powerful, iFixit wrote. The extra corners and edges will make it more susceptible to stress, which could impact performance over time.

The XS Max battery uses two cells and has a larger 12.08 Wh capacity. The site notes that both are in the ballpark of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus batteries.


The back glass construction means even a small crack will require major repairs.


The use of glass on front and back of the new models “doubles the likelihood of drop damage,” and even the smallest crack on the back glass will result in you having to replace the whole chassis, according to iFixIt.

Expect to see iFixit’s teardown of the iPhone XR in the coming weeks — on or before its Oct. 26 release.


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