iPhone 11 Pro Max Teardown – Tiny Motherboard & BIG Battery!

The iPhones have always been some of the most
complicated phones to take apart. You’ll see why over the course of this video, but there’s
no way we can let this iPhone 11 Pro Max flagship slip by without seeing the insides. This is
the most water resistant mainstream smartphone money can buy right now. So it’s time to see
what helps keep water out and how repairable it really is. Let’s get started. [Intro] Since basically day 1 of the first iPhone’s
existence, Apple has been in the business of trying to keep people out of their phones
and this new iPhone appears to be no different. It has the same proprietary pentalobe screws
holding the bottom of the screen to the stainless steel frame of the phone. It uses a screwdriver
that’s pretty easy to find online, but most people don’t immediately have it on hand.
I’ll leave a link for a good tool kit in the description. Looking closely at the screw it has black
threadlocker filling the gaps between the threads and the phone body. This helps keep
the screw in place as well as helps keep water out. The biggest opening for water to get
inside the phone though is the screen. There is adhesive surrounding the whole rectangle.
In order to pull the screen off I’ll need to use heat to soften that adhesive, and a
strong suction cup to pull on the screen while adding some leverage with my pry tool between
the plastic lip and the stainless steel frame. As I work my way around either side of the
phone lifting off the display, you can see the substantial amount of stingy gooey black
adhesive that holds the parts together. I’m taking special care to avoid the ribbon cables
hiding along the edge of the right side. These cables are about as fragile as paper and can
be torn very easily. You’ll get a better look at them as the screen lifts off. They’re down
there through those gooey strands. At first glance things look pretty standard
for the iPhone – a ton of screws and the massive L-shaped battery. Thumbs up to Apple
for adding battery life and thickness to their phones this year instead of trying to go thinner.
I’m also glad that the ribbons are all off to the side. Last year had a random ribbon
cable coming from the center that made the screen removal quite a bit harder. The front camera and face scanner are tucked
up in the top of the phone. I’ll remove the 6 y triple-zero screws holding the metal plate
over the top of the screen ribbon connectors. One of those screws is easier to access from
the other side of the screen if you close in and scooch it over a bit. And take a look at that motherboard. It’s
Lego connector central up in here. Happy birthday to myself. I’ll remove another 4 y triple-zero
screws that hold the top protective metal plate and side ribbon guide down over the
camera units. Then there are two more screws holding down the tiny plate over the battery
connector. Before I unplug that battery though, I want to make sure this whole thing still
works and that nothing was damaged during the screen removal. Tapping the power button shows the Apple logo,
and the phone turns on. Which app should I test to make sure the phone still works? Maybe
I should use today’s sponsor Audible. That was convenient. Audible is actually one of
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this video. I’ll unclip the battery connector like a little
Lego from this smorgasbord of Lego connectors. The battery actually has two connectors, one
is found down below by the charging port. So unclipping both of those is a good idea
at this point. I just didn’t know the second one existed until later. I’ll unclip one of
the charging port ribbons, and then I’ll make my way down to the three main ribbons holding
the screen to the body of the phone. The screen is significantly more simple this
year than it has been for the previous years, which is definitely appreciated. It only has
3 screws holding the earpiece to the back of the display. Apple throws Phillips head
screws randomly in here and there throughout the phone, so for those of you following along
at home, this is the third type of screwdriver we’ve used so far. The earpiece folds down
which lets us pry away the front sensors from the glass. Replacement parts will become more
common and get cheaper as the phones get older. I’ll try to link some in the video description
as they become available. Screen replacements aren’t super difficult on iPhones. And with
the disappearance of 3D touch, the display is actually thinner and leaves more room for
the larger battery. Speaking of which, I’ve had a few requests
for a straight up clean video shot of the internals – so feel free to screen shot
this, crop it, and use it as your phone wallpaper if you want. Just make sure to tag me on Twitter
if you do. Let’s remove the front camera and the face
ID depth scanner thingy. It’s got two ribbon cables to unplug…wait, no, there’s three.
The last one kind of just snuck in there. This little unit has the front 12 megapixel
selfie camera, the one that can film in 4K and do those slowfees, and also has the infrared
dot projector and secondary camera for the face ID. It’s a pretty cool set up, and I’m
glad it’s not attached to the screen. It makes repairs easier. The three rear cameras each have their own
ribbon cable attached to the motherboard I can unclip each of those and then the whole
contraption comes right out of the phone. Apple really has made their design much more
modular this year and I’m a fan. Up at the top we get the normal 12 megapixel
camera with optical image stabilizing. Down at the bottom we get another 12 megapixel
2x optical zoom camera which also has optical image stabilizing. And over here on the side
we have a 12 megapixel wide angle camera with no physical stabilizing I feel like this is
the perfect set up and the arrangement I would personally like to have someday when I upgrade
from my Galaxy S8. I feel like Apple has finally brought way more features to the table with
smartphones this year and are finally competing at the same level of other flagships. Let’s get this motherboard out. I’ll unplug
the charging port ribbon, but before I can pull that out, once again I need to switch
back to the y triple-zero screwdriver. There are 3 screws running down the right side,
keeping this cable with the metal bracket tucked to the side of the phone. The next
three screws are a bit trickier. These are called standoff screws and they hold the motherboard
in place. If you don’t have a standoff remover, I can usually take a flat screwdriver bit
and just twist the screw around in the circle from one side. And as the screw comes out,
you can see that a stand off screw is actually a screw that has a screw hole inside. A screw
within a screw. They are annoying to work with but Apple uses them to save space and
stack things on top of each other. Speaking of saving space, once those screws
are out and the SIM card tray is removed, the whole motherboard is ready to come out
of the phone. And this, my friends, is it. This is the whole thing – the brains and
brawn of the whole iPhone operation is sandwiched between these two stacked boards. One thing
I’m pretty impressed with on the iPhones this time around is that all the solder connecting
the circuits inside of this motherboard is made from 100% recycled tin. You might be
thinking, “Nice work Apple on recycling that tiny drop of tin.” But because Apple
is using recycled tin on not only their iPhones, but the MacBook Air, the iPad Air, and the
iPad Mini, it adds up to over 29 thousand metric tons of tin ore that they don’t need
to mine from the earth. It’s a pretty substantial achievement and I’m glad Apple’s doing it. Let’s keep going deeper. The taptic vibrator
engine is down here below the battery near the charging port. It’s got three little screws
holding it in place and I’m going to set those off to the side to help keep things organized.
A lot of phones you can take apart and just toss the screws helter-skelter, but since
basically every screw in here is a different shape and size, it’s very important to keep
them organized. With the metal plate gone and the vibrator
unclipped from the charging port, we get our first close up of the taptic engine. It’s
nice of Apple to include their logo in case we forgot what phone we’re taking apart. This
little guy is also using 100% recycled rare earth elements. Since we don’t have an unlimited
earthly supply of these magnets, I’m glad Apple is now going through the effort to reuse
and recycle parts of their phones. I’ll remove one more screw and pull off the
metal plate over the microphone hole. And check out all that white adhesive over the
hole to help keep water out of the microphone. It’s time to remove the battery. Apple once
again has added the magic pull tabs which I’m thankful for. Prying out permanently glued
batteries is extremely dangerous. And even if a pried and bent battery doesn’t spark
and start on fire right away, it’ll still be damaged internally and it’ll start to puff
up and expand over time. These pull tabs make battery removal much safer. [Stretching sounds]
Yeah, they are still pretty fragile and break every now and then, but it’s still much better
than what Samsung’s currently doing with the permanent adhesive and therbones. [Stretching
sounds] Apple has three pull strips at the end of each side of the battery [stretching
sounds], and I was successful enough with most of them [stretching sounds] that the
rest of the battery can be lifted up unharmed. This is a 3,969 milliamp hour capacity. Which
is quite an improvement over last year’s 3,174 milliamp hours. For real, Apple has come out
to play this time. The loudspeaker comes out next with it’s two
screws holding it in place. You might have noticed so far that while the iPhone seems
complex, most components are still modular and come out relatively easily. You can see
the substantial amount of black adhesive holding the loudspeaker to the frame of the phone.
Like I said in my durability test video, this iPhone 11 Pro Max is the most water resistant
smartphone on the market right now. While most manufacturers have water tested their
phones to a depth of 1.5 or 2 meters deep for 30 minutes just to get that ip68 rating,
Apple has gone above and beyond and tested the new iPhone 11 Pro’s to 4 meters deep for
30 minutes. Double the depth of what everyone else is doing. Hold on for a second though. Check this out,
the loudspeaker is full of a ton of those little white sound balls. I assume these white
balls help fill the space inside of the tiny little cell phone speaker to keep it from
sounding like a tiny little cell phone speaker. I’ll take out the last 9 screws for the charging
port and get back to that ip rating. Even though Apple went twice as deep as everyone
else, they still only got the same ip68 rating. You’re probably like, “Why didn’t they just
go up a level to ip69?” And that’s because ip69 is a totally different test. Instead
of submersion, it’s a high pressure and temperature water jet test. And pretty irrelevant for
cell phones. Cell phones get accidentally submerged all the time, but getting accidentally
blasted by a firetruck is far less common. The charging port is finally out of the phone.
That was definitely a nightmare I don’t want to repeat. The iPhone has so many intricate
components. It’s not to much a difficult phone to repair, it’s just a very complex phone
to repair, and one wrong move or screw in the wrong place could wreck the phone. If
you do end up breaking your back glass and don’t have insurance, you can either pay Apple
$599 to fix it, or just buy a replacement housing and swap over each component individually.
Yeah it’s going to be pretty extremely painful either way. Apple’s still kind of being a
big jerk where that’s concerned. I think you should just get a case before it breaks. I’m pretty impressed with Apple for stepping
up and going above and beyond the bare minimum that they usually do. This time Apple has
given customers the specs and features they’re paying for, and that always hasn’t been true
in the past. Of course in my opinion, Androids can still accomplish more. I’m not ready to
switch sides just yet. But I am glad that Apple has stepped up with enough performance
to match the price tag…and is doing it with recycled and recyclable materials. We can
all appreciate and support that. I’ll get the camera units put back into their
slot. They are all housed in the same metal block so it’s impossible to get them out of
alignment. And the same thing goes for the front cameras. Finally, the front screen with
it’s three ribbon cables can plug into the tiny motherboard and I can start throwing
down all those metal plates over the Lego style ribbon connectors. The last thing that gets plugged in is the
battery and this little metal bracket that covers the top. Then we can turn the phone
back on. And once again, I’m just as surprised as you are that this thing still works. I,
for one, am glad that Apple has started participating again in the smartphone race. And even more
so for using recycled components. Innovations in both areas are good for everyone. I’ll be looking into the recycling efforts
of other manufacturers in the future, so hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already.
It’s free. And remember that the computer the astronauts used to land on the moon 50
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100 comments on “iPhone 11 Pro Max Teardown – Tiny Motherboard & BIG Battery!”

  1. Yehuda Tzvi Lipton says:

    He sounds just like the narrator from Let’s Read.

  2. Luckas Mendonça says:

    8:35 did you hear this? Can be used for speacial effects 😂😂😂😂.

  3. PSE PANIC says:

    Samsung suck

  4. العمري says:

    if you her for the wallpaper 4:38

  5. w wwf says:

    There was no moon landing 50years ago,it was all fake.bay the way carry on rigging phone's.

  6. Bleed Black says:

    What is the function of white balls inside the speaker? How does it work?

  7. tiggz R says:

    For 1000 to 1500 they might as well stop screwing over their customers lol

  8. Kumar Vikash says:

    He seems possessed by Apple this time around

  9. Booshier says:

    has enough money to get a ton of apple phones

    has a android

  10. Nowendern YT says:

    2:35 is it me or does that look weird to you

  11. Vansh Verma says:

    Bro the cell phone is not in our pocket its in over hand 12:30

  12. Ashmit says:

    Why??? But why??? 😭😭

  13. Aarif Islam says:

    Instead of tearing it down U could have gifted this iphone time me and my life could have been pro max.

  14. CHIEFS ONLY says:

    I want this for christmas.

    Ill probobly get a nokia 873 instead lol

  15. Udonotcwhatic says:

    Removing the battery pull strips was undoubtedly the funniest thing I’ve seen in quite some time 😂

  16. AarynYo says:

    Why do you speak like a robot

  17. Faizan Khan says:

    Are aise phone khrab nhi hote kya ji

  18. Atreuso says:

    It's good that they don't have to dig ore for those phones so miners can concentrate on mining metal ores for tanks, jet fighters and bullets instead <3

  19. Rattapol Jailee says:

    ขอฟรีได้ไหมครับเครื่องนี้ อยากได้มากครับ
    ผมอยุ่ประเทศไทย ครับ

  20. gary proffitt says:

    Mr Clown head ~ Donuts "Jerry Rig Everything" ~ 🤣☝

  21. Packerman120203 says:

    I still have an iPhone 6s that I got for my birthday in 2015, I think it’s time for an upgrade and this is what I’m looking at right now, but just the regular 11 pro, I don’t need a huge screen, using a couple of my friends iPhone XRs have been just way too big, and I have huge hands compared to the 3 of them, the others just have iPhone 8s, which are pretty good as well

  22. Meine HardwareStadt says:

    Can i have the iphone please

  23. Le khuong thanh says:

    🔯🔱🔯 online : vantudongrk com
    Ya. Detroy it


    Sir jerry can i have this phone i wish this could be your gift for me im one of your fan. Everytime you have an update i just click your new post for the newest gadgets and watch it. Im from philippines

  25. Laura Bailey says:

    I hate you 😂

  26. yusuf husain says:

    Who else was getting anxiety when he was pulling off the glue

  27. Hazardous 'A says:

    Watching this again on Iphone 11 pro

  28. Big Bullet says:

    Jerry is about to come to the other side the 11 pro is a really good phone this year this year

  29. Diego Berumen says:

    Buy me one ppppllllzzz

  30. Dmitri Gray says:

    The blasphemy of using an orange stick and not a black stick!

  31. Fernandes Fusion says:

    2019 : " iPhone 11teardown"
    2027 :"human teardown"

  32. stigofdunsfold says:

    Not that you’re an Apple hater, but you’re a tough critic for sure. I’m surprised how much you like this phone especially because externally it’s nearly identical. That’s the difference between this “review” and others: while they focus on looks, you focus on the engineering and environmental impact of the phone. I’m happy you like it and I can confidently say you’ve made me fall in love with mine all over again!

  33. M2M ... says:

    Way more features !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Fluence In The Game says:

    The camera still work after removed ?

  35. Mentally Challenged says:

    He is doing a good job for all of us. Most YouTube channel are not worth it. They trie to sell something. Jerry shows us what’s really about this things that we wanna have!!!

  36. Simon D Nomis says:

    in next vid3o please do nokia 8.1 aka nokia x7

  37. Lemarej says:

    Apple is made in china

  38. Mr Vai says:

    Are you still using galaxy s8?🤣

  39. Path Fidelino says:

    jerry take all the best components of the fon that you rig, then build your own fon.

  40. John Chigur says:

    No way these tear downs are down on one phone.. he must have to buy like 10 to tear down til he figures it out. But hey I like watching so keep up the great work.

  41. John Chigur says:

    10:35 – unless it’s a Samsung

  42. Fed De guzman says:

    Looking at its motherboard leeves me wondering HOW,,dont features specs is control by that small MoBo 🧐😮

  43. Malee boosawads says:


  44. Abc says:

    normal people at 3:20 am: sleeping
    me: watching some stranger on youtube destroying and disassembling smartphones

  45. CJ Losasso says:

    Face ID Death Scanner?! 😶

  46. Faizan Khan says:

    Get the case before the breaks 😂😂😂👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 do u write your dialogues before making a video 😛👍🏻👌🏻

  47. nottydevil 1904 says:

    The pull strip sounds so satisfying lowkey became a ASMR video

  48. paul kagwa says:

    apple is very far indeed,

  49. sweet sayson says:

    Hello random person scrolling the comments while watching the video! 😊

  50. Vikas Shelke says:

    Apple profits always baloon many folds with every launch, now they are using recycled parts in higher numbers. But there is enough space for head phone jack, why do all manufacturers glue the batteries that hard is mystery.

  51. Joel Pamintuan says:

    Will u sell that phone? Ill buy it hahaha

  52. wigglesize says:

    Finally, a positive review for the iPhone.

  53. Remy says:

    ok the pentalobe screws are not proprietary. there are other companies and devices that use it.

  54. SYED S A R YT says:

    Give this phone +91 8310248557

  55. Alfa Omega says:

    Не хватает субтитров на русском, для русскоязычной аудитории.!?)

  56. roco z says:

    We never landed in the moon

  57. gdebt06 says:

    And the arrangement I would like to have after upgrading
    He said while tacking apparat that exact phone

  58. Aoun Abbas says:


  59. B3ast101 [GD] says:

    I guess this phone is screwed ha

  60. marknowsbest * says:

    and me thinking “how will he react if the whole thing was not recorded?”

  61. Tofu_GameZ Z says:

    I didn’t know that I needed a clean shot of the insides of the iPhone 11 but now I do lol

  62. Just Cause says:

    Apple is actually doing a really good job. Thumbs up, pal for these vids.

  63. PUG Sn1per G0d says:

    3900mah Battery?! My Samsung A50 has a 4000 mah battery.And i know that a A50 has not the power of the iphone but it surprised me

  64. ujjwal Chauhan says:

    Glues are satisfying 👍

  65. Huzefa yunus says:

    Jerry fucks everything!!!

  66. Renji r Manmadan says:

    No cooling

  67. Pew Maya says:


  68. Pew Maya says:


  69. Pew Maya says:


  70. BradleyCTS says:

    He’s so unintentionally funny, like the getting blasted with a fire truck! That got me good!

  71. Kartheek Dravid says:

    My favorite part 8:22 to 9:10 👨🏻‍🎤

  72. Jason Wilke says:

    They do need to specify the higher pressure water resistant rating because I get hoes jobs all the time

  73. Matta Mythri says:

    Can u make a tear down on laptops like macbook Or asues zenbook Or ROG

  74. psued 0 says:

    more like loli with big boobs? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  75. ayaan haryani says:

    No love for iphone 11? Teardown the regular iphone 11 as well.

  76. sadan T B says:

    What if apple made a phone that you can use the screen so it's really light but you have to plug in something and use a screen it would be soooo cool

  77. lostinthelookingglas says:

    The sound of those strips is so satisfying

  78. Vishnu Varthan says:

    my Samsung galaxy m30s has a 6000 mah battery

  79. Techboss says:

    Get blasted by a fire truck is Different🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  80. Scott Lyle says:

    Pay $599 for back glass or just have AppleCare on your Phone…🤷🏼‍♂️

  81. Maximilian Bingger says:

    How are these videos financed

  82. Heavy Buffalo says:

    They should put a silver inside it worth it

  83. Johnny Injun says:

    Why he has a Galaxy 8. He used to have a Galaxy S10…he took it apart.

  84. IGG KK says:

    6:38 Wow, that’s incredible!! What a piece of art😮

  85. Sherry says:

    So simple and good looking from the outside.

    Gooyee and gross from inside

  86. Sherry says:

    Ip 69 is for memesters

  87. Taim Mik says:

    The asmr though

  88. Cody says:

    Judging by his commentary, it seems apple has made something good for once

  89. Doctor Beanis says:

    Why do people thank you for liking their YT comment? Seriously curious….

  90. Sudo Kill says:

    1:23 Every iphone comes with symbiote Venom.

  91. Obie Junior says:


  92. MR GAME says:

    2:35 IPHONE 12

  93. Sam Huss says:


  94. Robin Tammik says:

    I don't think FoxConn recycles.

  95. Dhamsas Sss says:

    Can't beat iPhone ever

  96. Dimetri Drossos says:

    10:28 thats because ip69 isn't even to do with water at all. ip69 is how much you can submerge a device in that hot white gooey stuff before it the battery starts to expand

  97. Dimetri Drossos says:

    12:28 you are right, ip69 is a different test but it doesn't have to do with water. ip69 is how much you can submerge a device in that hot white gooey stuff before its battery starts to expand

  98. redi R says:

    It gives me anxiety when he opens the screen with a metal tool and not with a plastic one

  99. Many says:

    11:29 You heard it here. Android can do more.

  100. YØÜNG MÖNĒY 115 says:

    I have always seen the videos of this hair and from what I see if I were from a cell phone as the place where they teach you to gut the phones, shoot it and take out their organs it would be a horrible place for the phones and talk this channel is a channel for Suicide and phone supply is like a channel on how to teach you how to tear up your own cell phone, well, I'm not a phone📱🇲🇽🇵🇷

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