iPhone Xs Max Teardown – Is there any Thermal Cooling?

iPhone Xs Max Teardown – Is there any Thermal Cooling?

Apple has been trying pretty hard to keep
people out of their phones.
Steve Jobs himself said he didn’t want people
fiddling around inside the iPhone, which is
why they’ve all been sealed shut and hard
to repair from day one.
But that’s never stopped us before.
It’s time to open up the brand new iPhone
Xs Max and see what new obstacles Apple has
placed in our way.
This video has been sponsored by Audible.
Let’s get started.
Grab some popcorn – this video might be
a long one.
Turning the phone off is done with a volume
button and power button combo press.
Kind of exciting.
Then we encounter the proprietary pentalobe
screw Apple implemented back with the iPhone
The inexpensive toolkit I’ll link in the description
includes all the bits you’ll need for this
phone repair.
Apple uses 4 different styles of screws this
time around, and they are all different sizes.
I’m keeping everything super organized so
hopefully it’ll all go back together in one
piece and turn on when I’m done.
Opening up the phone is easy enough.
A large suction cup helps.
Apple has upgraded their water resistance
to ip68 this year – finally matching the
rating Samsung’s had for the past 2 years.
You can see the stringy black waterproofing
adhesive holding the screen to the metal phone
It’s kind of all over the place.
Remember, there are a lot of things that can
be damaged inside an iPhone, so I’m taking
special care to insert only the tip of my
tool inside.
The screen is latched up at the top and needs
to be pulled down ever so slightly before
folding open like a book.
The ribbon cables along the right side are
the main thing to avoid while opening.
Any stress or nicks on those cables would
ruin the display, and we just don’t want that.
To remove the screen, Apple added an obsticale
with 7 uncommon, flimsy, tripoint Y000 screws.
Luckily, my toolkit comes with all these hard
to find bits already included.
I’ll set the different sized screws right
next to the bracket they came from – that
way things stay organized.
Before I unplug that crazy dual cell L-shaped
battery though, Dustin, one of my buddies,
tweeted that ‘if you feel like the dumbest
person in the room, then you’re in the correct
This was one of the reasons I chose to read
“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by
Neil DeGrasse Tyson this week.
Huge thanks to Audible for sponsoring this
If you want an incredibly detailed intellectual
description of the universe, and how all the
elements exploded into existence, like the
lithium inside this iPhone battery, “Astrophysics
for People in a Hurry” is a worthwhile listen.
You can get your free copy with a 30 day trial
of Audible using the code: “jerryrig”.
I’ll link it in the description, or just go
to audible.com/jerryrig.
Texting the word “jerryrig” to 500-500
works too.
Even if you cancel your audible subscription,
you still get to keep all your books.
Astrophysics might sound complicated, but
it is an incredibly interesting summary about
our place in the cosmos.
And like I said earlier, if you feel like
the dumbest person in the room, you’re in
the right room.
Don’t forget.
Let’s unplug that battery and get the screen
One Lego-style connector for the battery,
and each of the 3 ribbons attached to the
screen has their own Lego-style connectors
as well.
Then the whole screen can pull away from the
phone body.
Super simple.
Apple screens are much easier to replace than
they used to be.
With only 3 more screws holding onto the front
earpiece, there are no home buttons or fragile
fingerprint scanner cables that we have to
worry about now.
Everything just kind of folds out at the top
of the screen like some funky origami.
I’ll link replacement parts in the video description
as they become available.
I’ll get everything pressed back into place,
and even though I did need special screwdriver
bits, a screen replacement is a pretty simple
Things only start getting super complicated
in the iPhone Xs Max when I dig deeper into
the phone.
I’ll set the screen off to the side.
It’s time to remove the battery.
Apple was nice enough to include the magic
pull tabs holding in each half of the battery.
One massive pull tab up top.
[Stretching sounds] And 3other magic pull
tabs under the bottom segment.
[Stretching sounds] Once all of the pull tabs
are removed, there’s nothing else holding
the battery in place, so make sure it doesn’t
get away from you.
[More stretching sounds] Batteries can be
super dangerous if punctured.
The combined power of both cells in this battery
is 3100 milliamp hours – about 22% smaller
than the Samsung Note 9, but who’s keeping
There’s nothing else super easy to replace
inside of this phone, which is mostly fine
since the screen and battery are usually the
first things that go out or break on a smartphone.
We’ll talk about the back glass replacement
in a second.
First, let’s pull out the rear camera units.
With 2 Phillips head screws holding down the
large rectangle metal plate, I’ll set that
off to the side and unclip both camera units.
Each of these 12 megapixel cameras are placed
in the same metal housing for that fluid transition
from a normal perspective, to the 2x optical
zoom lens.
Both camera units have optical image stabilization
– that physical OIS.
The iPhone cameras are actually pretty phenomenal.
I’m always impressed by their image quality.
Before I say too many nice things though,
let me plug the cameras back into the phone
and show you how hard a simple charging port
replacement is.
The charging port nowadays in an iPhone is
taking double duty as a headphone jack and
a place to charge the phone.
So it’s getting quite a bit of traffic.
This means that it might eventually stop working.
In order to replace the charging port, everything
else needs to come out of the phone – which
is a super poor design.
A design which could very easily be remedied
by moving the charging port connector from
the middle of the motherboard to the bottom…like
Samsung and every other manufacturer does.
Why tangle everything up if it doesn’t need
to be?
I pulled 5 tripoint screws out of the metal
strip along the bottom and set that off to
the side next to each other.
There’s another tiny screw over the small
metal bracket protecting a Lego style ribbon
And then using a flathead screwdriver, I was
able to take out yet another style of screw
called a standoff, where one screw screws
into another screw…inception screw.
There’s another screw within a screw on the
right hand side of the loudspeaker.
And a regular Phillips head down at the bottom.
And then the whole loudspeaker can pull away
from the phone body with an exceptional amount
of adhesive holding the mouth to the frame.
I definitely won’t trust my phone to be water
resistant after this, but it’s still cool
to see from the inside.
The taptic vibration motor has 2 screws on
the left, and it will pull out.
I still haven’t taken one of these apart yet.
If there’s any interest in me making a vibrator
teardown review video, let me know down in
the comments.
The motherboard removal isn’t as complicated
as it looks.
It only has 4 screws holding it in place,
and a whole highway of Lego-style ribbon connectors
lining the center.
I’m still keeping my screws organized because
there is no way this phone is going back together
if the screws get all jumbled up.
Each one is different.
All of the motherboard connections need to
be unclipped with my plastic pry tool.
And the stupidly placed massive one, dead
center on the motherboard, is the charging
port ribbon.
I’ll remove the SIM card tray, making sure
the tiny little extraction pin is recessed
back into the phone frame so it doesn’t block
the motherboard.
Then I’ll unclip the last 2 tiny ribbon cables
up at the top of the motherboard.
Then the whole thing can come free from the
This tiny little guy is the brains and brawn
of the entire iPhone Xs Max.
It’s a double stacked sandwich PCB with no
heat dissipation.
But don’t worry, the only time you’ll ever
get throttled is when the next iPhone comes
out and Apple needs you to upgrade.
True story.
We’re almost to the charging port.
I bet you forgot what we were even trying
to do since we had to remove literally everything
else to get here.
One screw holds an obstructing ribbon to the
side wall, and then we have 3 more standoff
screws, one on either side of the lightning
charging port, and one next to the plastic
microphone support.
I’ll peel the microphones off the bottom sidewall
and you might think we’re done, but nope,
two more screws hold the port itself into
the frame.
Once those are removed, now the whole charging
port contraption can pull away from the phone.
Apple’s little proprietary money making port
has a little adhesive around the tip but no
rubber rings.
But with how tight the screws are against
that plastic adhesive and metal phone frame,
there’s definitely no water getting inside.
That was an extraordinary amount of work for
such a simple port.
The reason Apple charges $599 to replace the
back glass is because the back glass is impossible
to replace.
Apple themselves swap out the whole frame
and housing instead of just the back glass.
And you’re right, that seems incredibly inefficient
and an incredible amount of work, but that’s
how they built it.
It doesn’t bug Apple at all though.
It’s just their way of coercing you into buying
a new phone instead of fixing the old one.
Say goodbye to your wallet for me.
I’ll snuggle the motherboard back into place
underneath all those ribbon connectors.
It’s time to see if we can get this thing
turned on again.
I feel like it’s important to use and fix
your phone for as long as possible, especially
now that the new phones released every year
only have very minor upgrades over previous
Upgrading your phone every year is just dumb
and a waste of money.
I’ve got all the ribbon cables plugged back
into the motherboard, along with it’s 4 screws
holding the board itself into the phone.
Then I’ll mosey on down past the large circular
charging pad in the center of the phone, to
the taptic engine vibrator at the bottom.
The SIM card tray pops into place, and the
loudspeaker with it’s standoff screws.
The silver brackets get screwed down in over
all the bottom components with those same
tripoint screws we kept organized earlier.
And the rectangular rear metal camera bracket
gets screwed in over the top of the cameras.
Finally we get the battery back into place.
It’s important to use new adhesive.
It’s starting to look like a real phone again.
The screen’s 3 ribbon cables get plugged into
the motherboard connector highway, and I’ll
plug in the battery to test the phone and
make sure everything is working before setting
the screen into place.
I am pretty surprised it all still works.
Apple has not made this process easy.
Lastly, the metal brackets with the 7 tripoint
screws holding everything tight.
And finally the screen tucks into the top
of the frame first before snapping into place
all along the sides.
Can’t say I’m a fan of this phone, but I am
glad the screen and battery replacements are
relatively easy.
Would you ever attempt this project yourself?
Don’t forget to grab your free copy of “Astrophysics
for People in a Hurry” from the link in
the description.
You’ll enjoy it.
I sure did.
Hit that subscribe button.
And thanks a ton for watching.
I’ll see you around.

100 Replies to “iPhone Xs Max Teardown – Is there any Thermal Cooling?”

  1. This video just further tells me why an iPhone is so expensive. It's built like a tank. That's never a bad thing, especially
    99.999% of iPhone users on the planet, will never do this kind of repair anyways. They will take it to someone who will do it for them.
    Yes, the back glass replacement is expensive, but, I would guess that 99.999% of iPhone users will have a case on it anyways, to protect the back glass.

  2. I know im late, but Samsung is now making the camera worse and throttles the CPU on the Note9 because of the Note10, although hasnt been proven

  3. The back glass price is incredibly high, but it might try to teach you not to take your phone for granted and make you not drop it all the time. I still hate and will always continue to hate apple.

  4. Why is upgrading every year dumb when carriers incentivize you to turn your phone in after a year? As long as the phones are at similar price points it doesn’t cost any more on my monthly bill

  5. Hey Jerry, can you give me the I phone you have used to test durability in this video. It dosent Matter , if it's still working or damaged. 😂🤣

  6. i wouldn't buy this Iphone XS or XS MAX, gives more problem than you can imagine. Never put this phone in to water because it will give problems, you update the phone and he freezes, expensive and bad durability!!!!

  7. My XS max brand new two months I dropped it from 2.5 feet with a rubber case and the screen looks like it was shot with a small caliber rifle round 😡 Yesterday my 4 yr old 6 plus S mother board died for no reason. I tried to trade my Sim from my old iPhone 7 and it’s now locked me out. Thirty five hundred in phones all broken in 46 hrs. My Sons are laughing at me saying those Samsung’s they own are better I know am agreement This is BS The glass is no stronger then my iPhone 3. I had first week they came out. Apple should just give me some stock and a new phone I deserve it for all the ridicule from my boys great camera though but I’m looking at a spider web.

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