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Apple iPhone 5 torn down: easy to repair, A6 chip and internals exposed

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Apple iPhone 5 torn down: easy to repair, A6 chip and internals exposed
The Apple iPhone 5 is here and it’s about time it got torn down by the crafty gadget surgeons from iFixit. Unlike previous iPhones, the sixth-generation iPhone is easier to repair with the screen being the first thing that easily detaches from the device, but there is much more to discover on the inside.

First, though, let’s make it clear - the goal of this teardown is to find out just how easy it is to repair the new iPhone and is it any easier than the task was for the iPhone 4S. The most common thing that breaks in iPhones is the screen, and luckily replacing the screen on the new iPhone should only take 5 to 10 minutes, and not the whopping 40+ minutes as was the case with the 4S. Also, having an aluminum for the back instead of glass means less shattered glass and less repairs. Great news.

Next, you’d see in the teardown that it would have been simply impossible to make the iPhone 5 as it is with the big and bulky 30-pin connector of the 4S. That’s why Apple went with Lightning.

Geeks will be also happy to see the A6 chip and the Qualcomm MDM9615M chip bringing you 4G LTE.

Overall, the iPhone scored a pretty respectable 7 out of 10 for repairability. For the full iPhone geek porn, check out the teardown below.

source: iFixit


 

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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 02:39 4

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


you know its bad when you do a review on a phone and the first thing you gotta talk about is how easy it is to "fix" it!! .........*face palm* ...EPIC FAIL

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:05 13

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


why do you hate iphone so much >.<
I really don't understand

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:13 2

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:15 1

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 10395; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude what is it with u and apple? Y do u hate apple/iPhone so much? Did u work there, and get canned or something? Did your girl dump u by the iPod display? I mean wow dude u really hate apple.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:23

19. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


come off it mate, no need for this comment. so because apple isnt his fav choice there must be a petty reason like ''Did your girl dump u by the iPod display''

how about i ask you something as stupid like why do you always defend apple?have you fell in love with siri, is siri your girlfriend etc etc

see what i mean

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:34 1

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 10395; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope Siri is my wife of 15 years and we have 3 kids together.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:35

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 10395; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


See what I mean I was joking, and can take a joke.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:26 1

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I don't enjoy the constant bashing of Apple around here either, I feel it's kind of annoying and over-used, but Apple is just looking worse and worse by the day.

The blind fanatics
The "new" things that have been around for years
The hypocrisy
The unjust legal action

It's just stacking up. Soon, Apple will need to be bashed in the head by their consumers in order to wake up.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:40 1

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10395; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Now that's a good post man.

posted on 29 May 2013, 13:16

29. mikeswaggner (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Normally you'd be right, but the video is from ifixit, so it's kind of there thing.....

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 02:47 4

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It's nice Apple made the screen easier to replace, and replaced the back with metal instead of glass, because those are the 2 things that needed replacing the most on the 4 and 4S. Any word on what kind of glass they used on the front? Gorilla Glass 2, or are they using some "scratch-resistant" glass that doesn't do anything?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 02:50 7

3. amiaq (Posts: 398; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I heard the "map" is beyond repair.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:18 7

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1349; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Easy to repair and very easy to break...

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:20 2

8. rihel_95 (Posts: 208; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Did it work after assembling all the pieces back together?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:04

24. dasqwer (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


nice teardown show. well done

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:10

26. dasqwer (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


easy to repair = less downtime
whehter i repair it or send it for repair i dont have to wait for long to be back on track

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:51

27. marcus_devera (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


just stretch the iphone4...thats it u have now iphone5 in a instant...lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 15:39

28. Miquel_1987 (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


The build quality of the Iphone 5 has been improved. I was suprised when i saw the drop test. I give apple credit for that, knowing the history of the Iphone 4/4S duribility. But still no Iphone for me. Why.....? well I am waiting for IOS 7.

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