Join us in a World First Exclusive as we open up Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone 6S and 6S Plus!

TLDR :

Apples new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus from a component view is pretty much the same as the 6 and 6 Plus.

Notable improvements include:

  • Screen is now adhered to the housing. This will prevent dust from getting in, and minimise water getting in if accidentally submerged. This will also prevent the annoying ‘clicking’ when pressing down on the screen caused by screen separation if the housing is bent.
  • Sticky foam padding around all the connectors. Again this will minimise water damage to the connectors should water get into the phone. It may also prevent chip damage from clumsy DIY repairers.
  • Stronger screen support. With all that pressing down for the ‘Force Touch’, Apple have made the screen support stronger. Whether the stronger glass withstands drops remains to be seen.

 

8.10am – Good Morning Everyone! We’re eagerly awaiting our delivery of Apple’s newest iPhones – the 6S and 6S Plus.

The superseded iPhone 6 and 6 Plus had the following common issues:

  • Bendgate – The housing bent very easily
  • Mute Switch activation issues – A weak switch led to difficulties putting the iPhone into silent mode
  • Front Camera foam – The dust prevention foam ring on the front camera shifted into view, causing the front camera to look out of alignment
  • Screen Breakage – We’ve replaced thousands of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screens. Some customers claim they only dropped it from a low height.

Let’s see if Apple have addressed these issues in this facelift generation!

9.00am – Unboxing!


 

One Interesting thing to note.. The back housing no longer has the serial number or IMEI laser inscribed.

The IMEI has been inscribed onto the underside of the SIM Tray – just like the iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S.

The iPhone 6S Model number is A1688, the 6S Plus is A1687.

 

The bottom screws are the typical pentalobe screws.

 

Our first surprise: The screen assembly is now stuck to the housing assembly with adhesive!

 

With a bit of heat and our trusty suction cup, we’ve managed to separate the screen. Possible reasons for this ‘upgrade’:

  • To prevent dust from getting into the phone. The previous generation allowed the accumulation of dust inside the phone.
  • To decrease the amount of water that the phone absorbs when submerged.

 

The insides look very familiar. The layout is very similar to the previous generation. The above photo shows the iPhone 6s on the left, and the 6S Plus on the right.

 

For comparison, here is the iPhone 6 (Left) and the iPhone 6S (Right)

 

Here is the iPhone 6 Plus (Left) and the iPhone 6s Plus (Right)

 

One of the major changes is the number of connectors from the screen assembly to the logic board.

Apple have reduced the connectors from 4 to 3 despite the addition of the ‘Force Touch’ feature.

 

It seems like Apple have put some extra circuitry on the screen panel to combine some of the features. We’ll investigate that later…

 

Another change is the reduction in battery capacity from the 6 generation to the 6S generation, despite no change in Apple’s claimed battery life.

iPhone 6 Battery Capacity – 6.91Whr
iPhone 6S Battery Capacity – 6.55Whr (0.36Whr/5.2% reduction)

iPhone 6 Plus Battery Capacity – 11.1Whr
iPhone 6S Plus Battery Capacity – 10.45Whr (0.65Whr/5.9% reduction)

We can assume that improvements in the processor and other circuitry have improved efficiency and reduced battery consumption.

 

The vibration motor in the 6 series has been replaced by Apples ‘Taptic Engine’ in the 6S series. the location has changed on the 6S Plus. It is now next to the headphone jack port.

 

All of the logic board connectors are now surrounded by a foam rectangle. My guess would be to prevent DIY repairers causing surrounding chip damage when they use tools to lift the connectors (not recommended) as well as to keep water from shorting/burning out/corroding the tiny connections on the logic board.

 

The 6S now requires an additional tool to remove the logic board. Apple have introduced a hexagonal screw at the top of the logic board. Fine nose pliers can be *carefully* used to remove this. The 6S Plus does not have this screw.

 

The Logic boards are surprisingly similar in size, despite the large difference in the phones.

 

The iPhone 6S is on the left, The 6S Plus on the right.

 

The 6S Board on top of the 6S Plus board. It is shorter by only a few of millimetres.

 

This is the front of the 6S logic board with the shielding removed.

 

This is the back of the logic board without the shielding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These next photos are close-ups of the various chips on the logic board. My apologies for the fish-eye effect.

 

 

 

This is the brain of the iPhone. the A9 Chip!