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iFixit tears down the iPhone 12 Pro Max to reveal a 47% larger image sensor than the one used for the iPhone 12

iPhone 12 Pro Max teardown reveals generous image sensor but rather small battery (Source: iFixit)
iPhone 12 Pro Max teardown (Source: iFixit)
Although the 6.7-inch display provides enough space for a generous battery, the L-shaped power pack inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max is slightly smaller than the one that Apple used in last year's iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, this year's flagship integrates a massive camera assembly with three sensors and one LiDAR unit.
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Although the iPhone 12 Pro Max seems like an oversized iPhone 12 Pro, the recent teardown performed on it by iFixit reveals that, on the inside, there are quite a few noticeable changes. In the end, this handset received a repairability score of 6, so Apple's new flagship devices has both highs and lows in this field.

Without further ado, these are the highlights of the iPhone 12 Pro Max design as revealed by the aforementioned teardown:

  • L-shaped battery similar to the one present in the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but with 14.13 Whr instead of 15.04 Whr.
  • Massive camera module with three sensors, the new sensor-shift image stabilization that involves no less than four magnets, and a LiDAR unit.
  • Fairly modular and easy to replace components overall.

In addition to the above, we should also mention the conclusions reached by iFixit after tearing down the iPhone 12 Pro Max entirely. The screen and battery are both easy enough to replace, but some uncommon screws complicated everything. Thankfully, reusable fasteners are always better than adhesives. Being a waterproof handset, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is less prone to damage caused by liquids, but various repairs are now harder to complete. Lastly, the glass back comes with the usual problem — a full case replacement is needed if it breaks, so drops are quite dangerous and a trustworthy protective case is highly recommended.

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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5461 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2020-11-23 (Update: 2020-11-23)