Cracking Open the iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S teardown

If it wasn't for the redesigned Home button and larger flash, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 would look like identical twins, at least on the outside. Take the new 5S apart however, and the differences are more apparent--even if only slightly so.

In this Cracking Open gallery, I walk you through the process of disassembling the iPhone 5S and give you a tour of the internal hardware. For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video, iPhone 5S teardown reveals subtle internal design changes.


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...


Hats off to Bill! I really enjoy these tear down offerings. I'm always interested in seeing how things are put together. It takes some of the mystery out of these amazing devices.

But...Tech Republic, PLEASE hire some web developers that know what they are doing! This tear down was almost un-watchable on a Mac using Chrome (Version 31.0.1650.57). It's not just the annoying, in-your-face, survey prompt that scoots across the screen to block the pictures. I understand you need to get some return for the free content. It's not just the fact that these photo galleries on TechRepublic bounce around constantly with ads of different sizes shifting the content up and down as they load and unload causing you to have to re-adjust your scroll position to keep the gallery in view. On this particular gallery, there was a CNET ad that I assume was supposed to scoot onto the view area. Instead, it appeared by itself in the upper left corner of a blank page, replacing the gallery of pictures. No close button, so the only way to get back to the gallery was to refresh the page. This happened four times while I was scrolling through the pictures. Yikes! You've been doing this long enough to have these bugs worked out by now. You must test the user experience in EVERY browser on both Mac and PC.


@rwpank I concur completely....  The rhetoric illustrations given in our emails are worse than the "flat pack" instructions with furniture these days, though in summary I surmise that's it for now. until it gets closer to the release of the beast.. Why oh why we get teased to expect more is beyond my

Personally... I don't think I will follow the iPhone trend and prefer the Android market owing to it's more simpler communication methods and flexibility to adapt to many apps in the virtual world :)

Oops ... seems the weather has decreased the internet reception and finally had the pics uploaded .


I see no narrative or photos...did I forget to pay my renewal this week???