Sunday, November 27, 2016

Apple iPhone SE – Specification - Disassembling procedure

1. Apple A9 processor with embedded M9 motion coprocessor
2.16 or 64 GB of storage
3. 4-inch, 1136 x 640 pixels (326 ppi) Retina display
4. 12 MP iSight camera supporting 4K video recording with 1.22 µ pixels, and a 1.2 MP f/2.4 FaceTime HD camera
5. 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 + NFC + 19-band LTE
6. Touch ID sensor supporting user authentication and Apple Pay.
Remove the two Pentalobes screw.
Close the handle on the Sclack, opening the suction-cup jaws.
Place the bottom of your iPhone in between the suction cups, against the plastic depth gauge.
The top suction cup should rest just above the home button.
Open the handles to close the jaws of the Sclack. Center the suction cups and press them firmly onto the top and bottom of the iPhone.
Just like in the iPhone 5s, lurking beneath the display of the SE  find the familiar Touch ID cable booby trap.
For those not in the know, this cable adds a small element of danger to disassembly, as pulling up the display too far without first removing the bracket and disconnecting the cable could  cause accidental damage to the cable.
A side-by-side comparison of displays out of the 5s (left) and SE (right) reveals... they're pretty much identical
The similarities are more than skin deep. After a little testing, found the 5s display is plugand-play in the SE -fitment, connectors, and functionality are the same. It fires right up.
The Li-ion battery in the iPhone SE comes in at 3.82 V, 6.21 Whr, and 1624 mAh. This offers a  minor (but notable) capacity increase from the 1560 mAh cell in the 5s.
Though it's not quite as capacious as the 1715 mAh cell found in the larger (and more powerhungry) iPhone 6s, Apple states this battery will provide up to 10 days of standby, 14 hours of   talk time, and 13 hours of video playback.
Despite the apparently interchangeable displays, the SE's battery connector differs from that of the 5s. So, no chance to supercharge your old 5s, unfortunately.
Next up,  pluck the upgraded rear-facing camera from its berth.
While it looks pretty similar to the one in the 5s (left), the SE's camera (right) has far fewer pins on its connector.
The SE's iSight camera gets a resolution bump up to 12 MP, but a decrease in pixel pitch down to 1.22µm from the 1.5µm pitch in the 5s.
Out speaker assembly, out vibrator, out SIM card and tray.
Our testing confirms all these bits are interchangeable with their counterparts from the 5s - same form, same function. They bolt right up, and they work like a charm.
Rose gold remains SE exclusive though, so you may need to upgrade for proper color coordination.
Also of note: waterproof seals. There be foamy silicone seals surrounding some - but, mysteriously, not all - of the logic board connections.
The front camera, volume controls, and rear camera connectors all get the fancy waterproofing treatment, while the LCD, digitizer, battery, and Lightning connector assembly all seemingly go without.
You finally wrestle the Lightning connector assembly out of the 5s SE.
It looks just like the 5s assembly, but the connectors are a smidge different; you couldn't get a 5s/SE swap to work out.
Maybe a change to allow for USB 3.0 Speculation welcome.
Logic board contains  
Apple A9 APL1022 SoC + SK Hynix 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM as denoted by the markings
Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE Modem (as seen in iPhone 6/6 Plus)
Qualcomm WTR1625L RF Transceiver (as seen in iPhone 6/6 Plus)
Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking IC (as seen in 6s/6s Plus, and 6/6 Plus)
Skyworks SKY77611 Quad-band Power Amplifier Module
Toshiba THGBX5G7D2KLDXG 16 GB NAND Flash
339S00134 (likely an iteration of the Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00043 Wi-Fi module)
Apple/Dialog 338S00170 Power Management IC
NXP 66V10 NFC Controller and 1610A3 Charging IC (as seen in iPhone 6s/6s Plus)
Skyworks SKY77826 Ultra lowband Power Amplifier Duplexer and SKY77357 2G/EDGE Power Amplifier Module (likely an iteration of SKY77336)
Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00105 and 338S1285 Audio ICs (as seen in iPhone 6s/6s Plus)
Qualcomm WFR1620 Receiveonly Transceiver (as seen in  iPhone 6/6 Plus)
Avago ACPM-8020 Mid-band Power Amplifier Duplexer (as seen in iPhone 6 Plus)
Qorvo (TriQuint) TQF6410 Lowband Power Amplifier Duplexer (as seen in iPhone 6 Plus)
TDK EPCOS D5255 Diversity Receive Module
Qualcomm PM8019 PMIC (as seen in iPhone 6/6 Plus)
Qorvo (RF Micro Devices) RF5159 Antenna Switch Module (as seen in iPhone 6/6 Plus)
InvenSense EMS-A 6-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer Combo
Broadcom BCM5976 Touchscreen Controller (first seen in iPhone 5)
The power button bracket now has some kind of contact cable doohickey, instead of a simple clip, potentially for grounding.