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Saturday, September 22, 2012

What do the most dedicated fans do as soon as they get their iPhone 5? Why, tear it to pieces of course

By EDDIE WRENN

Inside the iPhone: Despite the luxury exterior of Apple's new device, the insides are much more like a computer

Fans have been standing in queues for days, anxious to get their hands on Apple's latest iPhone.
So what do one group of fans do the moment they get the iPhone in their hands? Why, tear it down into little pieces, of course!
However, this is standard practice for the iFixit team, who always deconstruct products to figure out the value and provenance of the components inside.
The insides of a phone can be quite revealing to tech fans.

This is what your £500 will get you: The iPhone was completely disassembled by the iFixit team - before they put it back together again

You can see if corners have been shaved, or no expense spared on the components inside. You can even divulge information about Apple's relationships with suppliers - for instance, arch-rival Samsung seems more absent than first expected.
At least some of the processors inside the iPhone 5 have not come from Samsung, instead coming from relatively-unknown company Elpida.
Perhaps this is because of the frosty relationships between the two companies - coming on the back of a billion-dollar lawsuit successfully won by Apple.
Or instead it may just be Apple sharing the demand for the phone by using a range of suppliers.

Inside the iPhone: iFixit.com opened their phone as soon as they purchased it, to let the tech world know about the internals of APple's new device

From the images, it also seems that Steve Jobs's mantra that a device should be as beautiful within as it is on the surface still holds true.
The iFixit team have awarded the iPhone a '7 out of 10' for repairability, as - despite Apple's insistence on phones being repaired in-shop - all the components are easily accessible and easy to re-assemble.
iFixit's iPhone was purchased in Australia - the first country to sell iPhone 5s - within the first hour of trading.

The team then rushed home to tear the phone apart, with their own pair of Apple's propriety screw-drivers at hand as Apple does not like users opening phones themselves.
After unscrewing the back-cover, the team use a suction cap to lift the screen from the rear housing.
This is a step-up from previous models, which required more work to remove the screen.
The team say the move means the iPhone 5 is likely to be far easier to repair than previous handsets.
iFixit said: '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.'

What a sucker: Once the screws are removed from the iPhone, the iFixit team can lift the screen off

Removing the screen unveils the newly designed battery which is of a longer design and, at 3.8V, contains a fraction more than the 3.7V found on the iPhone 4S.
As other components - from audio chips to power modules to radio antennas - we can see that the iPhone contains many chips from the same companies which supply the vast majority of smartphone makers.
Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Broadcom all have components tucked inside, suggesting they will do well from Apple's latest release.
Apple is believed to have used three different manufacturers to make screens, so suppliers could vary from handset to handset.

Tweaking out the errors: The iFixit team, seen here pulling out the camera components of the iPhone 5, help regular users make hardware fixes for themselves

It is believed the firm made the move to ensure delays from one supplier could not impact iPhone 5 delivery dates.
However, it was reported in recent week that one supplier, Sharp, had fallen behind of shipments.
However, Apple appeared to be able to meet demand.
The interior also reveal one of Apple's trademarks - a neat, tidy design.

Standard components: The display connector is held firmly to the logic board by a few simple Phillips screw

When the firm was set up, co-founder Steve Wozniak was renowned for his ability to create clean designs using far fewer components than the competition.
The firm even used to sign the interior of the first machines to make engineers feel part of the product.
Now, sadly that has ended - but the tradition of clean, simple design has survived - even though most of this will always remain hidden to most fans.

Bespoke and standard: Apple has their own 'A6 processor' on-board, while Qualcomm, who supply HTC among others, supply the phone antenna chip

Inside the iPhone: 'Spring contacts make for easy repairs, but mandate careful attention to cleaning all the parts before reassembly'

The Samsung Galaxy S3, the iPhone 5's arch rival. It uses a plastic casing which users can take off themselves tho change the battery.

RIM's Blackberry 9650, showing the larger number of components and bigger motherboard.

iFixit has also taken apart previous iPhones, including the 4S, seen here laid bare. The design is similar to the iPhone 5.

source: dailymail



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