The iPhone 6S has a smaller battery than last year’s iPhone 6, seemingly to enable the inclusion of a new Taptic Engine to manage the 3D Touch feature.
Gadget website iFixit revealed that the iPhone 6S comes with a 1,715 mAh Lithium-ion battery, which it said was a “small but notable decrease" when compared with the 1810 mAh battery on the iPhone 6.
“It turns out the rumours were true – battery capacity is down a bit, likely in order to make room for new features like the Taptic Engine and slightly thicker display,” the repair specailists said.
Despite this Apple is still claiming the iPhone 6S has the same battery life as the iPhone 6, suggesting it has managed to squeeze more performance from the smaller battery unit.
The teardown also revealed the iPhone 6S has 2GB of RAM from a Samsung-made LPDDR4 and a Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE Cat 6 modem. This Cat 6 modem will enable the iPhone 6S to use superfast 4G services of up to 150Mbps.
Regarding how easy it is to open the iPhone 6S and repair the component, the iPhone 6S scored a solid seven out of 10, which is quite a high score compared to some other Apple products such as the Apple Watch.
The teardown noted that the screen is the first component that needs to be removed when taking the device apart, which means screen repairs are quite straightforward.
Similarly removing the battery is also quite easy (shown above), meaning that if the battery malfunctions or ages and runs down quickly it is possible to add a new one.
However, the team did note that, as with all Apple products, the use of bespoke screws to secure the devices means anyone wishing to carry out fixes, or just take a poke around inside, will need specialty screwdrivers.
"The iPhone 6S still uses proprietary Pentalobe screws on the exterior, requiring a specialty screwdriver to remove."
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