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A brand new iPhone 15 teardown uses a microscope to highlight what's hidden beneath the body of Apple's flagship smartphone.
Every year, iFixit breaks down Apple's annual iPhone releases. This year is a little different thanks to a partnership with Evident Scientific. The teardown now includes footage from a DSX1000 microscope, allowing viewers to get an up-close and personal look at the inside of the iPhone 15.
As iFixit notes, the inside of the iPhone 15 doesn't look too different from the inside of the iPhone 14.
The video notes that the microphone on the base iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus is supposedly now eligible for in-store repair. However, this does not seem to be the case for the iPhone 15 Pro lineup.
When they remove the battery, they find that it has a new message: “Warning: Service by trained technician only.”
When it comes time to disassemble the camera module, the 48-megapixel image sensor is shown. They note that while the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro feature a 48-megapixel camera, the four-pixel segments on the base iPhone 15 model are 22% smaller. This results in poor performance in low light conditions.
This year, it looks like the motherboard will be easier to repair. Often you have to access the motherboard by removing the screen, but on the iPhone 15, the brackets that hold the board are also accessible from the back.
To conclude the video, they gave the iPhone 15 a preliminary repairability score of 4 out of 10. This is largely due to Apple's tendency to bundle parts with software components, which limits the number of parts that can be used for repairs.