iPhone 13 Teardown Reveals Changes Made to Shrink Face ID Notch Size

iPhone 13 Series Teardown Reveals Changes That Apple Made to Reduce the FaceID Notch

Earlier this month, Apple launched its much-awaited iPhone 13 series at its California Streaming event. Although the company reduced the size of the Face ID notch this year, several consumers, as expected, still mocked the latest iPhone series for its resemblance with the iPhone 12 series. However, a recent iFixit teardown of the iPhone 13 Pro Max reveals that Apple made several small but significant changes to the new models.

Other than bigger batteries, the iPhone 13 Pro packs many new changes in the component department. However, as per iFixit, the newer models are harder to repair than the previous-gen models. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, last year, got a repairability score of 6 out of 10 from iFixit. The iPhone 13 Pro Max, on the other hand, got 5 out of 10 for repairability.

The teardown report from iFixit further mentions the changes that enabled Apple to reduce the size of the Face ID notch this year. So, as per the report, Apple has combined the dot projector and flood illuminator sensors of the Face ID system into a single module. Plus, the company moved the earpiece of the device to the top, resulting in a smaller notch.

iPhone 13 Face ID changes
Top: Old Face ID module | Bottom: Smaller New Face ID module

Another notable change inside the iPhone 13 Pro Max includes a smaller Taptic Engine than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, as noted by iFixit, while the engine has become smaller, it is now bulkier with a weight of 6.3 grams. It is significantly more than the 4.8 grams engine in the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Coming to the display, according to the report, Apple is using a new version of OLED panels for producing the iPhone 13 models. This new panel reportedly integrates the touch and OLED layers of a display, which in turn, reduces the cost, thickness, and amount of materials for the display.

However, it is worth mentioning that if your iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max ever requires a display replacement, Face ID will break. Moreover, the teardown of the standard iPhone 13 reveals that if you somehow damage your earpiece speaker of the device, a technician would have to remove the entire logic board to repair it.

So, all in all, although the iPhone 13 series looks similar to the previous-gen models, they pack a lot of new stuff inside. The new iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max devices come with 120Hz ProMotion displays and upgraded cameras. So, if you are planning to buy one of these in India, check out our story on the iPhone 13 series India pricing to know all about it. And if you want to know how much the iPhone 13 models cost around the world, check out this story.

Featured Image Courtesy: iFixit

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