This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Repairer iFixit, known for disassembling new high-tech products, has released a teardown report on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. The company sent out live streaming of the teardown over the weekend, and this time it details the similarities between the internal structure of both models.
iFixit has replaced the displays on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro and found them to work fine. However, the maximum brightness of the two is said to be slightly different, which may be the difference between the official specifications of 625 nits and 800 nits (both of which are standard).
Also, removing the shield that protects the camera section, the iPhone 12 doesn't have the telephoto lens and LiDAR scanner components found on the Pro, so a plastic spacer appears to have been placed to fill in the gaps.
And a previously released teardown video revealed that both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have the same 2815 mAh capacity battery, and iFixit also confirmed this. It has also been confirmed that the batteries in both models are interchangeable.
Furthermore, the North American model still had a 5G mmWave antenna module embedded in the side of the frame, as most speculated.
The customary X-ray perspective also shows the nearly identical L-shaped logic board, battery, and round magnetic arrangement for the MagSafe support on both devices.
In addition, iFixit also disassembled the MagSafe charger, revealing the circular arrangement of magnets to correspond to that inside the iPhone 12, as well as the enclosed charging coils.
The iFixit's customary Repairability Score is a 6 out of 10 for both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. The positive points are that many important components are now modular and easy to replace. On the other hand, the negatives are the continued use of a variety of screws, enhanced water resistance that could make repairs more difficult, and the need to remove all parts and replace the entire chassis if the back glass is damaged.
The analyst's statement that "the only difference between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is the camera" (though technically the RAM capacity is also different) has been corroborated by iFixit as being correct, but as the number of iPhone models increases, rationalization may be on the rise.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.