iPhone XR teardown reveals you can basically call this one the iPhone 9 : The iPhone XR is out, at least for pre-order customers, slightly downgrading the build quality and a number of key iPhone XS specs in the name of (relative) affordability. But if you were wondering exactly what kind of under-the-hood compromises you’re looking at here, you need wonder no more.
We’re talking a repairability score of 6 out of 10, which essentially means common repair procedures will be easier for iPhone XR owners than users of “almost any Android counterpart.”
iFixit naturally refers to display and battery replacements as the “two most common repairs”, with the technically unremovable battery offering decently straightforward access, and a single (proprietary) tool required to pop open the LCD panel.
All in all, you can basically view the iPhone XR as the spiritual “iPhone 9” that never happened, although its A12 Bionic chipset is just one of the many things it also has in common with the iPhone XS.