iFixit details more similarities between the new iPhone SE and the iPhone 8
What you need to know
- iFixit has posted their first impressions of the new iPhone SE.
- The blog post details all of the parts that are interchangeable between the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE.
- The results are a mixed bag.
When the iPhone SE launched to the public on Friday last week, we immediately got a quick teardown of the new phone from a YouTuber called Wenzhou Ao Technology. The video was a pretty quick look at some of the similarities between the internals of the iPhone 8 and the new iPhone SE.
Now, one of the most popular outlets when it comes to teardowns of tech has released their first impression of the internals comparing these two phones. iFixit has uploaded a blog post comparing all of the parts that they have confirmed are swappable between the iPhone 8 and the new iPhone SE.
When iFixit disassembled the iPhone SE and compared the parts to that of the iPhone 8, they actually found quite a few parts that were interchangeable. According to the outlet the SIM tray, Taptic Engine, and display assembly are all swappable between the two devices. Despite the earlier teardown from Wenzhou Ao Technology believing that the camera was not interchangeable, iFixit has confirmed that it is. Some parts, like the home button and True Tone technology, remain incompatible between the phones.
Another piece of hardware incompatible between the iPhone 8 and the new iPhone SE is the battery. While both are the same size, the new SE has the connector similar to that of the iPhone 11, something that the iPhone 8 does not have.
iFixit says that their full review is coming soon. You can read their full first impressions on their blog post
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
I don't get it. Why is it a good thing that components are swappable with the 8, and bad if not. How many people do have an old 8 as a spare parts stock available? Not swappable for me means that the component is more modern, potentially optimized.
The benefit more falls in line for Apple and others who need to repair new/old devices. It keeps parts useful and benefits the sustainability of components. Of course, we wouldn't want to sacrifice better technology for the sake of reusing parts. But in a phone like the SE, which is a reimagining of an old design, it's a great idea.