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As Apple Stores open their door around the world to lines of customers waiting to get their hands on a new iPhone 5, repair site iFixit has started its traditional teardown of the device.

iPhone 5 Teardown
Source: iFixit


Update: iFixit has completed its teardown of the iPhone 5 and awarded a repairability score of "7 out of 10." Of note, it appears that at least a few Apple's A6 processors are not using Samsung memory as previously thought, as iFixit's iPhone came with an SoC equipped with a memory module from Elpida. The firm also posted a video of the procedure, which is embedded below.

The repair firm managed to snag a "black and slate" copy of the device in Australia, the first country to see official iPhone 5 availability, within the first hour of sales and proceeded to disassemble the device for its usual comprehensive teardown.

The first steps of revealing the innards of Apple's most advanced smartphone include removing the small proprietary pentalobe screws that attach the unit's 4-inch display to the aluminum "uni-body" back casing. A suction cup was used to easily lift the screen assembly away from the rear housing, a departure from the involved removal procedure seen with the iPhone 4 and 4S.

Teardown Display
The iPhone 5's screen is easy to remove compared to the iPhone 4 and 4S.


"Compare this to the iPhone 4s, where it took 38 steps to isolate the display assembly, and this iPhone may be the most repairable iPhone we've seen in a while," iFixit wrote.

The cramped space inside the iPhone's shell is stuffed with components:

So, what can we see from here? a bigger battery? antenna connections? a single speaker? cameras? vibrators? home buttons?


Next to be removed was the larger 3.8V, 5.45WH battery, which holds slightly more juice than the 3.7V, 5.3Wh part found in the iPhone 4S. In comparison, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III uses a 3.8V, 7.98Wh battery.

Teardown Battery


To the right of the larger power cell is the the logic board, which contains the high-performance A6 chip, baseband system, storage and a litany of other essential components.

Teardown Components


A number of Apple-branded silicon is clearly seen after removing the protective EMI shielding, as well as a Hynix RAM module.

Teardown Logic Board


With help from Chipworks, the logic board's packages were identified:
  • Skyworks 77352-15 GSM/GPRS/EDGE power amplifier module
  • SWUA 147 228 is an RF antenna switch module
  • Avago AFEM-7813 dual-band LTE B1/B3 PA+FBAR duplexer module
  • Skyworks 77491-158 CDMA power amplifier module
  • Avago A5613 ACPM-5613 LTE band 13 power amplifier
  • Triquint 666083-1229 WCDMA / HSUPA power amplifier / duplexer module for the UMTS band


Teardown Logic Board 2


Reverse side of Logic board:

  • STMicroelectronics LIS331DLH (2233/DSH/GFGHA) ultra low-power, high performance, three-axis linear accelerometer
  • Texas Instruments 27C245I touch screen SoC
  • Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller
  • Apple A6 Application processor
  • Qualcomm MDM9615M LTE modem
  • RTR8600 Multi-band/mode RF transceiver


According to iFixit, "many of the components that came out with the logic board are held in place with screws and brackets."

Apparently Apple is very concerned with making sure that all the connectors are firmly seated and won't rattle lose over time. Good on you, Apple.



On the reverse is Apple's A6 processor, which is said to be twice as fast as its A5 predecessor. A recent test using the SunSpider JavaScript benchmarking tool confirmed Apple's new SoC is utilizing a different memory interface than normal ARM Cortex A9 chips as it outperformed identical processors based on the same ARM-patented technology.

Teardown A6


The A6 is also though to be Apple's first attempt at designing an ARM core in-house, however the internal architecture has yet to be investigated.

Teardown A6 Close


Wrapping up the teardown is a look at Apple's new Lightning connector. There has been mixed emotions with the new plug, as the move away from Apple's 30-pin design means the iPhone 5 may not work with legacy aftermarket accessories without an adapter. The company claims there was no way to make such a thin handset without the new connector, however, and said the standard is expected to be used for foreseeable future.

Teardown Lightning


Overall, iFixit gives the iPhone 5 a "7 out of 10" score for repairability.



In a related development, Japanese site iLab Factory (via Mac Otakara) posted what is believed to be the first video of an iPhone 5 teardown moments before iFixit's announcement.

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Secrecy...  Double Downed! 

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Secrecy...  Double Downed! 

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What secrecy?

 

It's been on sale in Australia for almost 2 hours now, I'm waiting on delivery today.

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post #4 of 22

Never seen someone so carelessly open an iPhone box, didnt have enough patience to get the plastic wrap off BEFORE trying to pry the box open, so the phone doesnt fly out and hit the table? Also, those are some disgustingly long nails, if thats a guy. 

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The most impressive part of the video is that they did it all in an elevator... judging by the music.

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post #6 of 22
I think I'd be more interested in using the device...

 

 


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post #7 of 22
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The most impressive part of the video is that they did it all in an elevator... judging by the music.

 

Hehe . . .  ;)

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The most impressive part of the video is that they did it all in an elevator... judging by the music.

haha, I was going to go with "Currently in your area..." Local on the 8s. ;)

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post #9 of 22
Was this video shot at Samsung R&D Headquarters?
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Was this video shot at Samsung R&D Headquarters?

It wouldn't surprise me if Samsung has a section devoted to dismantling Apple products and unofficially called iLab.

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I believe he's using the tweezers to replace iMaps with Google Maps.
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I believe he's using the tweezers to replace iMaps with Google Maps.

That's stored above it on the GPS chip. He was removing Facebook and Twitter integration with the tweezers.

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iFixit's begins iPhone begins 5 begins teardown begins within begins an begins hour begins of begins availability, begins follows begins Japanese... begins

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iFixit, saving Samsung the trouble.

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A number of Apple-branded silicon is clearly seen after removing the protective EMI shielding, as well as a Hynix RAM module. Chip identification is reportedly on its way.
Teardown Logic Board

 

 You mean, "HYNIX flash memory module" (not RAM). The RAM is part of the A6 packaging.

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 You mean, "HYNIX flash memory module" (not RAM). The RAM is part of the A6 packaging.

Hynix, eh, that's unexpected. I hope that means faster speeds. I think we'll have to wait until the AnandTech review to know for sure.

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post #17 of 22
So MacRumors is already pushing what they call "scuff gate". Apparently iFixit took a coin to the side of the phone (at the request of a MR user) and was able to create a "scuff" mark. Well geez what did people expect? I'm sure if I took a coin to the back of my iPad I might be able to scratch it too. If people are that worried about it then they either need to get a case or buy a phone that's plastic.
post #18 of 22

what about the GPU? why not some benchmarks or extra info already?

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what about the GPU? why not some benchmarks or extra info already?

 

MJ said in the iFixIt video that the A6 details will be coming later...it is early yet.

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First iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 drop test – Samsung fans, it’s not looking pretty

http://www.androidauthority.com/iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3-drop-test-116898/

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and another one. Well, in this they dropped the iPhone5 about twenty times.

 

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First iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 drop test – Samsung fans, it’s not looking pretty



http://www.androidauthority.com/iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3-drop-test-116898/

Very amusing to read the comments on that article.
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