Repair Site iFixit Tears Down iPhone 5

Apple's iPhone 5

Source: Apple’s iPhone 5 | Official Website

An hour following the availability of iPhone 5 to the public, repair site iFixit continued its traditional tear down of the device. The online publication was able to get a “black and slate” model of the handset in Australia. Within the first hour of its availability, the repair firm proceeded with its usual comprehensive teardown.

Teardown Procedure for iPhone 5

The repair site started its removal procedure on iPhone 5 by unscrewing the pentalobe screws. This tool attaches the mobile phone’s 4-inch display to its aluminum uni-body chassis back casing.

In order to carefully detach the screen assembly from its rear housing, iFixit used a suction cup, which is the same procedure that it did on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. As posted on repair firm’s website:

Compare this to the iPhone 4S, where it took 38 steps to isolate the display assembly, and this iPhone may be the more repairable iPhone we’ve seen in a while.

Cramped inside the smartphone’s shell are bigger battery, antenna connections, single speaker, camera, vibrator, and home buttons. It was followed by the removal of the larger 3.8 V, 5.45 WH battery. It turns out that this component holds power than the battery used on its predecessor.

On the right side is the logic band. It contains the A6 processor, baseband system, storage, and a bevy of other important components. There are also a number of Apple-branded silicones found on the device after removing the protective EMI shielding. Apple’s iPhone 5 also boasts Hynix RAM module, while it was reported that chip identification is now on its way.

Tye repair site pointed out that many of the device’s component found on the logic board are “held in place with screws and brackets.” It appears that Apple wants to make sure that all connectors are firmly situated within the handset, and it won’t rattle lose over time.

On the back of the smartphone is the A6 processor, that is said to be twice as fast as the A5 chip found on iPhone 4S. It was also confirmed through a SunSpider JavaScript benchmarking tool that the new SoC uses a different memory interface, compared to a normal ARM Cortex A9 chips.

There were also claims that the A6 is Apple’s attempt to design an ARM core in-house. However, the component’s internal architecture is yet to be investigated. In relation to this, Japanese website iLab Factory posted a video of what is believed to be the first clip of an iPhone 5 teardown.

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