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

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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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

4. wendygarett unregistered

why do you hate iphone so much >.

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered


18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

19. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that's a good post man.

29. mikeswaggner

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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?

3. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I heard the "map" is beyond repair.

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Easy to repair and very easy to break...

8. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Did it work after assembling all the pieces back together?

24. dasqwer

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

nice teardown show. well done

26. dasqwer

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 13, 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

27. marcus_devera

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

28. Miquel_1987

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 13, 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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