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Apple Appears To Have Dumped Samsung & Qualcomm With New iPhone

Tear downs of Apple’s latest devices have revealed several new components including a new L Shaped battery but not much has changed other than the price and the fact that there are no parts from long time supplier Samsung and Qualcomm.

The iPhone XS is as much as $200 more expensive than last year’s already pricey iPhone X and represents one of the smallest advances in the product line’s history. But that means little to the Apple faithful or those seeking to upgrade their older iPhone.

The tear down by repair firm iFixit and chip analysis firm TechInsights, show that compared to the iPhone X the changes that were incorporated could be significant and that the Company is moving away from relying on arch rival Samsung for components.

The XS battery looks weird, and new, while the XS Max battery sticks to a familiar design,’ the iFixit team said.

The newly designed battery in the XS has a lower capacity, at 10.13 Wh (2,659 mAh at 3.81 V).

In addition, the camera bump on the phones is larger, meaning you may need to get a new case.

The Teardown guys claim that there was one thing Apple forgot to mention about the new camera: all that 32% extra had to go somewhere, and it turns out the camera bump had to be enlarged and will not fit your iPhone XS,’ iFixit says.

The teardowns also show that Apple’s latest iPhones use components made by Intel Corp, Micron Technology, and Toshiba, among others. The iPhone Xs and Xs Max used Intel’s modem and communication chips instead of Qualcomm’s hardware.

While Apple publishes a broad list of suppliers each year, it does not disclose which companies make which components and insists its suppliers keep quiet.

The latest iPhones also had DRAM and NAND memory chips from Micron and Toshiba, according to iFixit’ s study. Previous teardowns of the iPhone 7 had shown DRAM chips made by Samsung in some models.

Samsung in the past has also supplied memory chips for Apple’s iPhones and was believed by analysts to be the sole supplier of the costly displays for last year’s iPhone X.

Qualcomm has been a supplier of components to Apple for years, but the two have been locked in a wide-ranging legal dispute in which Apple has accused Qualcomm of unfair patent licensing practices.

U.S.-based Qualcomm, the world’s largest mobile phone chipmaker, has in turn accused Apple of patent infringement. Some analysts recommend caution in drawing conclusions because Apple sometimes uses more than one supplier for a part.

‘For memory – Apple obviously competes with Samsung and wants to reduce their reliance as much as possible – so totally consistent that we’d see Toshiba for NAND flash storage and Micron for DRAM,’ Morningstar analyst Abhinav Davuluri said.

Jim Morrison, vice president of TechInsights, told Reuters that it appears that one of Dialog Semiconductor’s chips has been replaced in the iPhone Xs Max by one of Apple’s own chips, but it’s not yet known whether that also applies to the iPhone Xs. Dialog did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In May, the chip company said Apple had cut orders for its chips.

IFixit and TechInsights technicians also found components from companies including Skyworks Solutions, Broadcom, Murata, NXP Semiconductors, Cypress Semiconductor, Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics.

What is found in one iPhone may not be found in others. Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.

IPHONE XS MAX SPECS

Display: 6.5-inch OLED screen

Cost: iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED starting at RRP A$1,229 Inc. GST (64GB) from apple.com/au and Apple Stores and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).

Battery life: 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone X

Cameras: Dual 12MP rear-facing, dual 7MP front-facing

Powered by: A12 Bionic chip

Memory: 64GB, 256GB or 512GB

Colours: Gold, silver and space grey

Waterproof rating: Up to 2 meters deep for several minutes

Improved augmented reality tools

The breakdowns listed no parts from Samsung and no chips from Qualcomm Inc.

IPHONE XS SPECS

Display: 5.8-inch OLED screen

Battery life: Half an hour longer than the iPhone X

Cameras: Dual 12MP rear-facing, dual 7MP front-facing

Powered by: A12 Bionic chip

Memory: 64GB, 256GB or 512GB

Colours: Gold, silver and space grey

Waterproof rating: Up to 2 meters deep for several minutes

Improved augmented reality tools

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