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The Iphone 5 is easier to fix than the Iphone 4S, says Ifixit

Teardown online just hours after device is released
Fri Sep 21 2012, 11:30

FRUIT THEMED Apple opened it doors to punters wanting to get their mitts on the Iphone 5 just hours ago, but Ifixit has already busted it open to see what's inside.

ifixit iphone 5 opened up

Posting its Iphone 5 teardown online today, the Ifixit team awarded a repairability score of seven out of 10 for Apple's new smartphone after picking one up down under in Australia, the first place in the world the Iphone 5 went on sale. That score is one better than Apple's previous Iphone release, the Iphone 4S, which Ifixit scored six out of 10.

This is because, for one, the Iphone 5 screen is easier to remove than the screens on previous models, snapping off after a small proprietary pentalobe screw is removed that attaches the unit's 4in display to the aluminum unibody back casing.

Ifixit says in its teardown that the Iphone 5 "may be the most repairable Iphone we've seen in a while". However, despite it not getting too bad a score, people who buy it shouldn't worry too much if their Iphone 5 gets broken, as they can just take it to the Apple Store for a replacement as long as the device is still under warranty.

The teardown also found that Apple's latest toy moves away from Samsung parts often used in the past and includes DDR2 SDRAM from memory firm Elpida.

As speculated, the separate 4G LTE data and voice radio is Qualcomm's MDM9615M transceiver, making the Iphone 5 the first smartphone to ship with this component.

In terms of materials and weight, an Ifixit video review said that the Iphone 5 benefits from using less glass, which appeared heavily on the previous model.

"With all the components removed from the rear case we made an interesting discovery," the Ifixit video review said. "The entire rear case of the Iphone 5 weighed only slightly more than just the glass of the Iphone 4S and that probably has something to do with the 20 percent decrease in weight."

We were down at the Iphone 5 queue bright and early this morning where keen hordes of Iphone buyers turned out to buy the coveted phone.

The Iphone 5 has already seen unprecedented demand, with Apple boasting that it sold two million devices in less than 24 hours. It's still unclear whether Apple's flagship store in the UK expects to sell out of the Iphone 5 today, but we'll be back down there later on today to find out. µ


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