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Teardown: Inside Apple's iPhone 5
9/28/2012

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The iPhone 5 dissected. Click through the slideshow to see how we got here.
The iPhone 5 dissected. Click through the slideshow to see how we got here.

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Dave
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Re: Sleek and stylish, but maybe too slim?
Dave   10/1/2012 12:06:58 PM
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 I agree, Tom. Often, the change or exclusion comes at expense to the customer's usability of the phone. As an example, my phone has a replaceable battery. On long trips, I bring a 3-pack of batteries and swap one in (within seconds) as needed. A charger and 3-pack of batteries cost me about $15. For some reason, Apple decided that we don't need replaceble batteries. I guess they believe that most people will simply upgrade their iPhone, rather than go through the hassle of having the battery replaced at the Apple store.

KSmith
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Re: Sleek and stylish, but maybe too slim?
KSmith   10/1/2012 10:16:50 AM
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Beyond thin, flexible seems to be an even better progression!

tom_m
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tom_m   10/1/2012 9:30:55 AM
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What bothers me most about Apple's designs is the non-standardized connectors. I was briefly enthusiastic about the Apple iPhone 5, until I realised that the micro USB looking connector was not in fact a USB micro at all. Most everything today is using standard USB (typically micro). To me this is a gross waste of resources since you can't reuse old connectors without some converter or just discard the old. I feel like they won't "conform" to "industry standards" just to be contrary and different.

Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   10/1/2012 7:20:04 AM
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@Tim: I find it interesting that your IT department handed you a corporate issued cell phone at all. Increasingly, companies are finding that employees want a phone of their choice and in particular their own personal phone to use at work. Therefore, instead of an outdated corporate "brick," they're typically issued some sort of reimbursement plan that covers the phone and a portion of their data coverage monthly.

Scott Orlosky
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Scott Orlosky   9/29/2012 2:49:38 PM
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Thanks for your comment Nadine.  I had the same reaction.  I used to enjoy tearing apart just about anything when I was a kid just to understand how it worked.  Nice to see that you can be a grown up and do the same thing for a living!

Tim
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Tim   9/28/2012 8:54:50 PM
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I went to my IS department to get a new company cell phone to replace a previously issued flip phone that had a malfunctioning screen.  In replacement, he handed me circa 1980 brick phone and said that it was a recently turned in and worked fine.  I learned at that point that it is important to be nice to the IS employess as they control how you communicate.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   9/28/2012 4:53:12 PM
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I agree, Beth. That's one small battery. It shows how far lithium-ion has come in the last ten years.

gsmith120
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gsmith120   9/28/2012 3:07:48 PM
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It is so funny to look at the iPhone 5 and compare it to cell phone of years ago.  I remember my police friend's cell phone was in some kind of bag it was huge.  I don't have an iPhone but hear they are nice.  Maybe one day I will come into this century. 

Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   9/28/2012 12:10:13 PM
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The size of the battery is pretty crazy. But these phones actually have pretty long battery lives, which becomes increasingly important when you are constantly engaging the device for email/texts/web surfing/apps etc.

NadineJ
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NadineJ   9/28/2012 11:47:39 AM
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I love tear-downs.  It's like being a kid again...peeling it like a banana!

It would be great if something like this showed up in a commercial WHEN (hopefully not IF) consumer electronics become easy to recycle.  Many consumers are interested in repairing or even upgrading components on their own. 

This is inspiring!

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