As is the tradition, the people at iFixit have given Apple’s latest crown jewel, the iPhone 5 their customary teardown treatment. The treatment reveals everything about the innards of the iPhone 5. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it
To begin things, the teardown reveals one has to get past the pentalobe screws of the iPhone 5 that bind the 4-inch display with the aluminum casing. This procedure is different from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. In fact, according to iFixit, the iPhone 5 is perhaps the most reparable iPhone that Apple has made in while. Certainly more reparable than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
The battery on the iPhone 5 is slightly bigger than the one on the iPhone 4S at 3.8V. Likewise, the logic-board on the iPhone 5 is smaller than its predecessors, but at the same time packs in a ton of firepower including the new A6 chip, the baseband system, a Qualcomm MDM9615M LTE modem, Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller, Texas Instruments 27C245I touch screen SoC, STMicroelectronics LIS331DLH (2233/DSH/GFGHA) ultra low-power, high performance, three-axis linear accelerometer, a RTR8600 Multi-band/mode RF transceiver storage and number of other essential components. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
The teardown also reveals that the iPhone 5 contains a Skyworks 77352-15 GSM/GPRS/EDGE power amplifier module, a SWUA 147 228 is an RF antenna switch module, a Avago AFEM-7813 dual-band LTE B1/B3 PA+FBAR duplexer module, a Skyworks 77491-158 CDMA power amplifier module, a Avago A5613 ACPM-5613 LTE band 13 power amplifier and a Triquint 666083-1229 WCDMA / HSUPA power amplifier / duplexer module for the UMTS band.
The last bit of the teardown reveals the new ‘Lightning’ connector that succeeds the 30-pin dock connector. And finally iFixit gives the iPhone 5 a 7/10 repairability score, which is not bad considering it is an Apple product.