iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown finds a smaller battery and lots of glue

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There’s a new iPhone out in the wild, which means there’s a new teardown from iFixit showing everything that’s going on inside Apple’s latest handset.

The popular repair site wrapped up its breakdown of the iPhone 8 on Friday, finding that the 8’s internals, unsurprisingly, look a good deal like those of last year’s iPhone 7. There are some small changes—more adhesive strips surrounding the battery, a slightly redesigned Lightning connector, the use of standard Phillips screws in some spots instead of obtuse tri-point screws—but most of the more immediately apparent changes, like the new Qi wireless charging coil, were announced by Apple when it revealed the new phone earlier this month.

The teardown does confirm a few things that Apple hasn’t publicized, though. For one, iFixit says the iPhone 8’s battery checks in at 1,821mAh and can deliver up to 6.96Wh of power. Technically, that’s a step down from the iPhone 7’s 1,960mAh, 7.45Wh battery, though iPhones are generally known for making the most of lesser capacity. There’s unlikely to be any major drop-off in real-world use—we’ll know more once Ars completes its full review—but the ceiling for battery life may be a bit lower than it could have been. Beyond the battery, the iPhone 8’s insides include 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, Toshiba NAND flash storage, and Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip.

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