iPhone 11 Pro Max Teardown – Tiny Motherboard & BIG Battery!

iPhone 11 Pro Max Teardown – Tiny Motherboard & BIG Battery!

The iPhones have always been some of the most
complicated phones to take apart. You’ll see why over the course of this video, but there’s
no way we can let this iPhone 11 Pro Max flagship slip by without seeing the insides. This is
the most water resistant mainstream smartphone money can buy right now. So it’s time to see
what helps keep water out and how repairable it really is. Let’s get started. [Intro] Since basically day 1 of the first iPhone’s
existence, Apple has been in the business of trying to keep people out of their phones
and this new iPhone appears to be no different. It has the same proprietary pentalobe screws
holding the bottom of the screen to the stainless steel frame of the phone. It uses a screwdriver
that’s pretty easy to find online, but most people don’t immediately have it on hand.
I’ll leave a link for a good tool kit in the description. Looking closely at the screw it has black
threadlocker filling the gaps between the threads and the phone body. This helps keep
the screw in place as well as helps keep water out. The biggest opening for water to get
inside the phone though is the screen. There is adhesive surrounding the whole rectangle.
In order to pull the screen off I’ll need to use heat to soften that adhesive, and a
strong suction cup to pull on the screen while adding some leverage with my pry tool between
the plastic lip and the stainless steel frame. As I work my way around either side of the
phone lifting off the display, you can see the substantial amount of stingy gooey black
adhesive that holds the parts together. I’m taking special care to avoid the ribbon cables
hiding along the edge of the right side. These cables are about as fragile as paper and can
be torn very easily. You’ll get a better look at them as the screen lifts off. They’re down
there through those gooey strands. At first glance things look pretty standard
for the iPhone – a ton of screws and the massive L-shaped battery. Thumbs up to Apple
for adding battery life and thickness to their phones this year instead of trying to go thinner.
I’m also glad that the ribbons are all off to the side. Last year had a random ribbon
cable coming from the center that made the screen removal quite a bit harder. The front camera and face scanner are tucked
up in the top of the phone. I’ll remove the 6 y triple-zero screws holding the metal plate
over the top of the screen ribbon connectors. One of those screws is easier to access from
the other side of the screen if you close in and scooch it over a bit. And take a look at that motherboard. It’s
Lego connector central up in here. Happy birthday to myself. I’ll remove another 4 y triple-zero
screws that hold the top protective metal plate and side ribbon guide down over the
camera units. Then there are two more screws holding down the tiny plate over the battery
connector. Before I unplug that battery though, I want to make sure this whole thing still
works and that nothing was damaged during the screen removal. Tapping the power button shows the Apple logo,
and the phone turns on. Which app should I test to make sure the phone still works? Maybe
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this video. I’ll unclip the battery connector like a little
Lego from this smorgasbord of Lego connectors. The battery actually has two connectors, one
is found down below by the charging port. So unclipping both of those is a good idea
at this point. I just didn’t know the second one existed until later. I’ll unclip one of
the charging port ribbons, and then I’ll make my way down to the three main ribbons holding
the screen to the body of the phone. The screen is significantly more simple this
year than it has been for the previous years, which is definitely appreciated. It only has
3 screws holding the earpiece to the back of the display. Apple throws Phillips head
screws randomly in here and there throughout the phone, so for those of you following along
at home, this is the third type of screwdriver we’ve used so far. The earpiece folds down
which lets us pry away the front sensors from the glass. Replacement parts will become more
common and get cheaper as the phones get older. I’ll try to link some in the video description
as they become available. Screen replacements aren’t super difficult on iPhones. And with
the disappearance of 3D touch, the display is actually thinner and leaves more room for
the larger battery. Speaking of which, I’ve had a few requests
for a straight up clean video shot of the internals – so feel free to screen shot
this, crop it, and use it as your phone wallpaper if you want. Just make sure to tag me on Twitter
if you do. Let’s remove the front camera and the face
ID depth scanner thingy. It’s got two ribbon cables to unplug…wait, no, there’s three.
The last one kind of just snuck in there. This little unit has the front 12 megapixel
selfie camera, the one that can film in 4K and do those slowfees, and also has the infrared
dot projector and secondary camera for the face ID. It’s a pretty cool set up, and I’m
glad it’s not attached to the screen. It makes repairs easier. The three rear cameras each have their own
ribbon cable attached to the motherboard I can unclip each of those and then the whole
contraption comes right out of the phone. Apple really has made their design much more
modular this year and I’m a fan. Up at the top we get the normal 12 megapixel
camera with optical image stabilizing. Down at the bottom we get another 12 megapixel
2x optical zoom camera which also has optical image stabilizing. And over here on the side
we have a 12 megapixel wide angle camera with no physical stabilizing I feel like this is
the perfect set up and the arrangement I would personally like to have someday when I upgrade
from my Galaxy S8. I feel like Apple has finally brought way more features to the table with
smartphones this year and are finally competing at the same level of other flagships. Let’s get this motherboard out. I’ll unplug
the charging port ribbon, but before I can pull that out, once again I need to switch
back to the y triple-zero screwdriver. There are 3 screws running down the right side,
keeping this cable with the metal bracket tucked to the side of the phone. The next
three screws are a bit trickier. These are called standoff screws and they hold the motherboard
in place. If you don’t have a standoff remover, I can usually take a flat screwdriver bit
and just twist the screw around in the circle from one side. And as the screw comes out,
you can see that a stand off screw is actually a screw that has a screw hole inside. A screw
within a screw. They are annoying to work with but Apple uses them to save space and
stack things on top of each other. Speaking of saving space, once those screws
are out and the SIM card tray is removed, the whole motherboard is ready to come out
of the phone. And this, my friends, is it. This is the whole thing – the brains and
brawn of the whole iPhone operation is sandwiched between these two stacked boards. One thing
I’m pretty impressed with on the iPhones this time around is that all the solder connecting
the circuits inside of this motherboard is made from 100% recycled tin. You might be
thinking, “Nice work Apple on recycling that tiny drop of tin.” But because Apple
is using recycled tin on not only their iPhones, but the MacBook Air, the iPad Air, and the
iPad Mini, it adds up to over 29 thousand metric tons of tin ore that they don’t need
to mine from the earth. It’s a pretty substantial achievement and I’m glad Apple’s doing it. Let’s keep going deeper. The taptic vibrator
engine is down here below the battery near the charging port. It’s got three little screws
holding it in place and I’m going to set those off to the side to help keep things organized.
A lot of phones you can take apart and just toss the screws helter-skelter, but since
basically every screw in here is a different shape and size, it’s very important to keep
them organized. With the metal plate gone and the vibrator
unclipped from the charging port, we get our first close up of the taptic engine. It’s
nice of Apple to include their logo in case we forgot what phone we’re taking apart. This
little guy is also using 100% recycled rare earth elements. Since we don’t have an unlimited
earthly supply of these magnets, I’m glad Apple is now going through the effort to reuse
and recycle parts of their phones. I’ll remove one more screw and pull off the
metal plate over the microphone hole. And check out all that white adhesive over the
hole to help keep water out of the microphone. It’s time to remove the battery. Apple once
again has added the magic pull tabs which I’m thankful for. Prying out permanently glued
batteries is extremely dangerous. And even if a pried and bent battery doesn’t spark
and start on fire right away, it’ll still be damaged internally and it’ll start to puff
up and expand over time. These pull tabs make battery removal much safer. [Stretching sounds]
Yeah, they are still pretty fragile and break every now and then, but it’s still much better
than what Samsung’s currently doing with the permanent adhesive and therbones. [Stretching
sounds] Apple has three pull strips at the end of each side of the battery [stretching
sounds], and I was successful enough with most of them [stretching sounds] that the
rest of the battery can be lifted up unharmed. This is a 3,969 milliamp hour capacity. Which
is quite an improvement over last year’s 3,174 milliamp hours. For real, Apple has come out
to play this time. The loudspeaker comes out next with it’s two
screws holding it in place. You might have noticed so far that while the iPhone seems
complex, most components are still modular and come out relatively easily. You can see
the substantial amount of black adhesive holding the loudspeaker to the frame of the phone.
Like I said in my durability test video, this iPhone 11 Pro Max is the most water resistant
smartphone on the market right now. While most manufacturers have water tested their
phones to a depth of 1.5 or 2 meters deep for 30 minutes just to get that ip68 rating,
Apple has gone above and beyond and tested the new iPhone 11 Pro’s to 4 meters deep for
30 minutes. Double the depth of what everyone else is doing. Hold on for a second though. Check this out,
the loudspeaker is full of a ton of those little white sound balls. I assume these white
balls help fill the space inside of the tiny little cell phone speaker to keep it from
sounding like a tiny little cell phone speaker. I’ll take out the last 9 screws for the charging
port and get back to that ip rating. Even though Apple went twice as deep as everyone
else, they still only got the same ip68 rating. You’re probably like, “Why didn’t they just
go up a level to ip69?” And that’s because ip69 is a totally different test. Instead
of submersion, it’s a high pressure and temperature water jet test. And pretty irrelevant for
cell phones. Cell phones get accidentally submerged all the time, but getting accidentally
blasted by a firetruck is far less common. The charging port is finally out of the phone.
That was definitely a nightmare I don’t want to repeat. The iPhone has so many intricate
components. It’s not to much a difficult phone to repair, it’s just a very complex phone
to repair, and one wrong move or screw in the wrong place could wreck the phone. If
you do end up breaking your back glass and don’t have insurance, you can either pay Apple
$599 to fix it, or just buy a replacement housing and swap over each component individually.
Yeah it’s going to be pretty extremely painful either way. Apple’s still kind of being a
big jerk where that’s concerned. I think you should just get a case before it breaks. I’m pretty impressed with Apple for stepping
up and going above and beyond the bare minimum that they usually do. This time Apple has
given customers the specs and features they’re paying for, and that always hasn’t been true
in the past. Of course in my opinion, Androids can still accomplish more. I’m not ready to
switch sides just yet. But I am glad that Apple has stepped up with enough performance
to match the price tag…and is doing it with recycled and recyclable materials. We can
all appreciate and support that. I’ll get the camera units put back into their
slot. They are all housed in the same metal block so it’s impossible to get them out of
alignment. And the same thing goes for the front cameras. Finally, the front screen with
it’s three ribbon cables can plug into the tiny motherboard and I can start throwing
down all those metal plates over the Lego style ribbon connectors. The last thing that gets plugged in is the
battery and this little metal bracket that covers the top. Then we can turn the phone
back on. And once again, I’m just as surprised as you are that this thing still works. I,
for one, am glad that Apple has started participating again in the smartphone race. And even more
so for using recycled components. Innovations in both areas are good for everyone. I’ll be looking into the recycling efforts
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12 thoughts on “iPhone 11 Pro Max Teardown – Tiny Motherboard & BIG Battery!

  1. are the cellular antennas any better yet? my xs max gets really crappy cell signal which kinda defeats the purpose of having a cellphone 📱

  2. I'm not a fan of apple but I like how detailed your videos are. Not to forget your sense of humor. Lol. So I just subscribed.

  3. "i assume these white balls help fll the space inside of the tiny little cellphone speaker to keep it from sounding like a tiny little cell phone speaker"

    wait what?

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