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The iPhone 5 Teardown: Inside Apple's New Baby

By - Source: iFixit | B 40 comments

What lies beneath that glossy exterior?

Most of the people waiting in line to get the iPhone 5 are there because they want to be among the first in the world to get an iPhone 5 to call their own. iFixit, on the other hand, is only ever interested in being the first to take new gadgets apart, and the iPhone 5 is no different. Despite the fact that the phone was only released today, the iFixit team has already acquired one, torn it down and splayed the parts out for us to look at.

We already know that the iPhone 5 features a 4-inch 326 ppi, 1136 x 640 resolution display, the new Apple A6 SoC, an 8MP camera, improved battery life, and 4G LTE, but what did the iFixit crew find when they went inside? The Apple A6 processor, Hynix H2JTDG2MBR 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND flash, Qualcomm MDM9615M LTE modem, Qualcomm PM8018 RF power management IC, Avago AFEM-7813 dual-band LTE B1/B3 PA+FBAR duplexer module, Apple 338S1117 Elpida memory MCP for LTE, Texas Instruments 27C245I touch screen SoC, and a Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller, among other things. Interestingly, iFixit says there's 1GB Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM inside their iPhone 5, as opposed to the Samsung RAM Apple mentioned last week. It's possible Apple is using RAM from both companies in

As far as repairability goes, iFixit says replacing a cracked front panel is significantly easier on the iPhone 5 than on the iPhone 4/4S. Probably good news, since glass and dropped phones generally don't mix. In fact, despite keeping the pentalobe screws, iFixit found the iPhone 5 scored a respectable 7/10 on the repairability scale.

Check out the full gallery of gory photos and a complementary tear-down guide over at iFixit.

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    ELMO_2006 , September 21, 2012 8:57 PM
    I still don't get that silly pin thingy to gain access to the microSD card. A simple latch would have done it.
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    SoiledBottom , September 21, 2012 8:58 PM
    Dear Jane McEntegart

    Is Wolfgang Gruener Ill ?

    Deeply concerned

    Soiled :) 
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    tipoo , September 21, 2012 8:58 PM
    And even more interesting (to me), the A6 chip is starting to be analyzed under a microscope

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6323/apple-a6-die-revealed-3core-gpu-100mm2

    3 core GPU, interesting.
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    aoneone , September 21, 2012 9:02 PM
    hehe now put it together and find out that you left out that crucial mini screw and now things are loose and rattling ^_^
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    edogawa , September 21, 2012 9:07 PM
    Build at a low cost + sell at a very high price = Profit?!
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    alidan , September 21, 2012 9:09 PM
    tipooAnd even more interesting (to me), the A6 chip is starting to be analyzed under a microscopehttp://www.anandtech.com/show/6323 [...] gpu-100mm23 core GPU, interesting.


    question

    what is with the mold looking stuff? do they corrode that fast or is it something that i just cant see?
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    Shin-san , September 21, 2012 9:36 PM
    This is sad. I never thought that a smartphone would ever be more repairable than a laptop
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    jaquith , September 21, 2012 9:54 PM
    @JMcEntegart - Are you like obsessed or something?! So far all you have accomplished with these 'articles' is only pit one patron against another. (+1 you or -1 take that)

    'We' can, believe it or not, search. It would however be a real treat if other than a 1 minute Copy/Paste of someone else's article that you actually took the time to 'review' and or 'write' an original article.

    Those articles are copy (written) so I assume you have iFixit and other's written permission to republish.
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    Anonymous , September 21, 2012 10:19 PM
    Great phone! Loving mine! All the people at work were so jealous when I brought mine back after picking it up this morning with some Starbucks. Can't wait to take it out this weekend.

    Sent from my iPhone 5
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    K2N hater , September 21, 2012 10:38 PM
    From an engineering standpoint Apple did an amazing job.

    But still I'm not willing to purchase it.
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    getochkn , September 21, 2012 11:33 PM
    ELMO_2006I still don't get that silly pin thingy to gain access to the microSD card. A simple latch would have done it.


    There is no microSD card, that's for the sim and you shouldn't need to take your SIM out 10 times a day, so it shouldn't be an issue.
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    A Bad Day , September 22, 2012 12:02 AM
    Wait, repairable Apple's product? IMPOSSIBLE!
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    gpog , September 22, 2012 2:33 AM
    Got mine this morning and its excellent. Very fast with supreme fluidity.
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    blazorthon , September 22, 2012 3:05 AM
    nebunlike it or not....apple is king when it comes to smartphones....they have some amazing technology....i can't stand crappy android plastic phones....they say that plastic causes cancer, lol....it's true


    Almost everything can be linked to causing cancer. There are dozens of iPhone parts that have cancer-causing components too and the same is true for pretty much everything. Furthermore, this article just goes to show that almost none of this phone's tech is from Apple.

    Furthermore, a lot of Android phones are excellent. Not all of them are, but most that are anywhere near iPhone prices are. I notice how most of this phone is built from a lot of technology from Android phones. I guess you didn't read it before posting? The same is especially true for the previous iPhones.
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    tomfreak , September 22, 2012 3:40 AM
    nebunlike it or not....apple is king when it comes to smartphones....they have some amazing technology....i can't stand crappy android plastic phones....they say that plastic causes cancer, lol....it's true
    the plastic andriod phone is far less fragile than Apple silly iphone.
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    nebun , September 22, 2012 3:46 AM
    Tomfreakthe plastic andriod phone is far less fragile than Apple silly iphone.

    also it has more bloatware and apps you don't need or ever use, lol
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    chewy1963 , September 22, 2012 3:48 AM
    gpogGot mine this morning and its excellent. Very fast with supreme fluidity.


    Only if you eat the plastic case...
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    tobalaz , September 22, 2012 5:39 AM
    Nice tear down.
    Now finish it off the right way and put that overpriced Android clone in the trash where it belongs!
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    dragonsqrrl , September 22, 2012 5:42 AM
    Anandtech just posted a performance preview of the iphone 5. In short, it's a beast.


    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview#comments
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