Apple iPhone 5 teardown
Apple's iPhone 5 has the same general shape as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but the newer device packs lots of hardware updates and a redesigned case. Thanks to these changes, the iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter, more powerful and easier to disassemble and repair. Follow along as I crack open the Apple iPhone 5.
For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video, iPhone 5 teardown: Redesigned case and interior simplify repairs.
Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler
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Great photos! Hey Bill, can you tell me what kind of microphone it uses? I heard it was suppose the have a better mic, up to 120dB this time. Do you have a make and model or any specs on it? Thanks.
Was this a OOB (out of box) failure? I notice what looks to be a damaged battery (picture 33). My iPhone 5 heats up quicker than the 4 did. I'd be interested in seeing Apple's battery failure rates, but I know better!
I see no mention of any failure here. This is disassembly for the sake of education not repairs isn't it? My 5 runs quite cool most of the time. I am currently logging my battery to judge it's performance. So far from the user reports I am hearing - if there is any issue it is iOS 6, but not sure if any issue at all. There is an issue with Telstra in Australia and something pinging the network every second instead of every minute apparently and a fix on the way.
They probably use an adhesive to make the battery stick into place, so it's not 'free' in the case, that's what it looked like to me, but I could be wrong. :)