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Apple’s new iPhone 5 gets the iFixit teardown treatment

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Apple’s new iPhone 5 has just launched in the U.S and other countries around the world. And, as usual, the folks over at iFixit didn’t waste any time disassembling the device to analyze every component to see what makes the new iPhone 5 tick.

iFixit’s technicians reveal that Apple did a great job changing the interior structure of the device so that it is able better to cram in all the components within the iPhone chassis. It looks like Apple still uses the same pentalobe screws as on previous iPhones, requiring a special screwdriver to take apart the iDevice.

Removing the back plate revealed the battery, which has a higher capacity voltage than with the iPhone 4S. Apple increased the battery capacity to 5.45Whr @ 3.8V, confirming numerous leaks of previous old iPhone 5 rumors. Among other discoveries within the logic board are the new proprietary A6 processor from Apple. According to the report, the new iPhone 5’s internal components reveal 1GB of RAM from Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM. Previous iPhone models were using components parts from Samsung, but this year’s model seems to a bit different, suggesting that Apple is relying less from their rival competitor Samsung.

Other noteworthy findings are that the new iPhone 5 home button have been improved with increased longevity. Also, the iPhone 5 camera lens is more resistant to scratches due to its lens being made out of sapphire crystals. iFixit warns that the iPhone 5 suffers from susceptibility to scuffing on the edge of the device, further validating that new iPhone 5 owners should buy an iPhone 5 case to protect their precious investment.

iFixit’s team also noticed that the new LCD screen comes off the device without any complications, making the repair a bit easier than the older iPhone 4S.

After iFixit finished taking apart the new iPhone 5, technicians gave it a repairability score of 7 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to repair), scoring a bit higher than the iPhone 4S which came in at 6 out of 10.

Via [iFixit]

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