“Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter included in the box. It’s going to take some courage for us to move on from the headphone jack,” iFixit reports. “We can see that the headphone jack got kicked out to make space for more Taptic Engine. Closer inspection shows a new, second lower speaker grille that leads… nowhere? Interesting.”
“In place of the headphone jack, we find a component that seems to channel sound from outside the phone into the microphone… or from the Taptic Engine out,” iFixit reports. “No fancy electronics here, just some well-designed acoustics and molded plastic.”
“After we free a few standard Phillips screws, the earpiece speaker practically falls out from under the front-facing camera,” iFixit reports. “This new earpiece speaker does double duty—for the first time, it also serves as a loudspeaker, giving the iPhone stereo sound for those times when you need to rock out.”
Much more in the full teardown here.
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