As usual, only a few hours after Apple’s latest iPhone hit store shelves, iFixit has already posted its teardown of the latest model, discovering a combination of design aspects from the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, suggesting that the new device is “the spiritual ‘iPhone 9’,” while still acknowledging that in terms of specs it shares many of the same traits as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XR uses the rectangular battery and single-layer board design of the iPhone 8, but of course incorporates elements like the TrueDepth camera and FaceID from the iPhone X, along with a “square-ish logic board.
The teardown of course revealed many of the same chips that are used in the iPhone XS models, including of course the new A12 processor, along with some new elements like a modular SIM reader. The LCD display is also naturally thicker than the OLED display, which may have contributed to the decision to remove 3D Touch, although as the report notes, the iPhone XR uses Haptic Touch instead, powered by Apple’s standard Taptic Engine.
The full report can be found at iFixit.