While several hardware components on the iPhone SE 2020 have already been revealed to be interchangeable with iPhone 8, the former still comes with a few quirks of its own.
Less than a week after the iPhone SE 2020 got the infamous JerryRigEverything “durability” treatment, Apple’s newest budget offering gets subjected to yet another one of the YouTube channel’s shenanigans. The phone now undergoes a vital teardown, one that reveals some of its key components.
iPhone SE 2020 is an iPhone 8 in disguise
The teardown by Zach Nelson commenced with him removing the iPhone’s back cover. Accordingly, one must first remove the phone’s two pentalobe screws first which are placed at the bottom of the device. Nelson showed as well how easy it is to remove its back panel, with the aid of a sharpie and some applied heat.
Inside, the interchangeability between the iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone could not have been more obvious. Note that this trait is already reported initially by iFixit during its similar teardown analysis.
The Taptic Engine
One of the differences between the iPhone SE 2020 and the iPhone 8 is the former’s provision of a Taptic Engine. In Nelson’s teardown, the feature gets some of its much-needed mad props.
Nelson removed several cables and screws right before the Taptic Engine got caught in the flesh. The distinctive feature is placed directly above the phone’s speaker grille and charging port.
A combination of “tap” and “haptic feedback,” Apple’s Taptic Engine provides tactile sensations. These then culminate in vibrations for iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and even Apple Watch users.
Easily removable battery
Nelson’s video also revealed how the battery of the iPhone SE 2020 could be removed easily. You can do this by eliminating what the YouTuber called the “pull-tabs,” which also make its battery replaceable.
In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ uses a strong adhesive. This keeps its battery a little more intact to the phone. For repair guys, this is a nightmare.
When Nelson zeroed in on the Taptic Engine itself, some coiled copper wires, magnets, and metal springs are noted inside the mechanism. The clip also pointed out the presence of oil, which acts as a lubricant for the phone’s hardware component.
Apple’s very best budget iPhone yet
Nelson also revealed in the concluding part of the video that the iPhone SE 2020 can still function even without the Taptic Engine. The phone is even thought to be easily repairable, right at a meager cost.
Alongside the new iPhone SE acing Nelson’s durability tests previously, the phone is shaping up to be Apple’s very best release to-date indeed.
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