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iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Repairability

Our TechXS Technicians have done a full review of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro teardown this week. Have a read what they found inside the much-hyped new releases. Here is the TechXS repairability review for our DIY community.

Opening the device

The new iPhone models have been designed with improved waterproofing, which may make the opening process more difficult. Using the TechXS opening approach (implemented since our iPhone X repairs) keeps the process simple enough.


Replacing the Screen

The new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro screens boast an amazing 6.1 inch (2532 × 1170 pixels) Super Retina XDR OLED display with True Tone and HDR. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro use the exact same screen, meaning they are interchangeable.

The iPhone 12 range appears to open from the opposite side as opposed to the previous model iPhones, opening like a book to the left hand side. Disconnecting the screen is once again very similar to its predecessors like the iPhone X and iPhone 11. The process involves removing a few screws and unplugging three connectors to release the screen from the device.


Screen repairs should be pretty straight forward and easy to conduct but you will not want to settle for a sub-par screen after experiencing the sheer beauty of the original, meaning a trusted and high quality vendor is the way to go if a repair is necessary.

Replacing the Battery

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro both use a 10.78 Wh Battery, meaning they, like the screens, are also interchangeable. There is a throwback to the rectangular shaped battery that has not been featured since the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Remember, the iPhone X range bolstered an L-shape design to make room for a higher capacity battery to be installed into the frame.

This can mean only one thing – that the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro battery performance has been sacrificed with this new internal design. Both of these 12 devices have a battery capacity of 2,815mAh while the 11 and 11 Pro that came before it had capacities of 3,110mAh and 3,046mAh respectively. Some preliminary Youtube tests show runtime is down approximately one hour between these two series of iPhone. 

For the repair itself, the iPhone 12 battery is held in by four very small adhesive tabs (two on the top and bottom) so battery replacements for the new iPhone are conducted in the exact same manner as all previous iPhones. This means they are still a little bit tedious due to the use of stretch release adhesive tabs holding down the original battery, but all in all are a pretty straight forward and easy repair provided you have the right tools and instructions.



Screen and Battery replacements for the iPhone 12 would be (almost) exactly in-line with the repairability of the iPhone X and iPhone 11. Repairs that can prove to be quick and easy provided you have the right tools, clear instructions and a good quality part to replace it with.

At TechXS, we have partnered with industry leading manufacturers to continue to bring you the best quality parts in the industry, at an affordable price.

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