The iPhone XR gets the iFixit treatment

Ro, 27 October 2018

iFixit is out with another teardown and unsurprisingly, it's about the newly released "budget" iPhone XR. There's a video going through the process of disassembling the handset and also a full step-by-step guide at the source link below.

But you are probably here to see how easy it is to repair it if the screen gets damaged or the battery dies after some time. Well, the good news is that Apple continues to make the screen and battery repairs a priority and just like the iPhone XS and XS Max, the XR's front panel can be popped off without needing to detach the Face ID module.

iFixit also points out that the waterproofing complicates the whole process of disassembly but it looks like it's done right so water damage repairs are less likely. The use of uncommon screw standards is another thing that keeps the repairability score low but the biggest issue with the phone would be the fragile glass sandwich design. Having said that, iFixit gave the phone a score of 6/10 - the same as its more expensive siblings the XS and XS Max.



Reader comments

  • Kangal
  • 28 Oct 2018
  • RN8

Nope. Sapphire (and I'm talking about Tissot Watch kind) are harder than Glass, but its also more brittle. That means it would be much harder to scratch the rear glass... but it would be more fragile too. The reason why watches get away with this i...

  • AmyThePerson
  • 28 Oct 2018
  • 3hZ

Why don't they use what Motorola used for their shatterproof phone on the back? I think it's some sort of plastic. if they did that i'd not use a case tbh. it's stupid :c

The XR rear glass replacement is already $250-$300 cheaper than the XS/XS Max which is already a win in my book. But nah.. I hate glass rears. I'll stick to my space gray iPhone SE. I still get glances from a half-decade-old design. They probab...

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