The most important thing that happens when a new iPhone comes out is not the release of the phone, but the disassembly of it.
The iPhone teardown, undertaken by third-party teams around the world, provides a roadmap for the life of the iPhone X: Is it repairable? Who made the components inside it? The answers to these questions shift stock markets, electronics design, and consumer experience.
Every year there’s a race to become the first to tear down the phone, with teams from around the world flying to Australia (where the phones first released globally), to be the first to look inside the world’s most coveted mobile device.
In this week's episode, the Motherboard team from VICE went inside iFixit’s office, the “headquarters" of the global repair movement, which features a tool laboratory and a parts library with thousands of electronics parts and disassembly tools.
The team then flies to Sydney, as iFixit tried to become the first team to tear down the iPhone X.