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

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A look at what's inside the black box -- including the new-and-improved headphones (EarPods) and Lightning charger. The headphones are designed to rest comfortably inside, and stay inside, a variety of ear types. (I'm not sure about you, but my earbuds are always falling out.)
A look at what’s inside the black box -- including the new-and-improved headphones (EarPods) and Lightning charger. The headphones are designed to rest comfortably inside, and stay inside, a variety of ear types. (I'm not sure about you, but my earbuds are always falling out.)

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Beth Stackpole
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Sleek and stylish, but maybe too slim?
Beth Stackpole   9/28/2012 7:18:38 AM
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Kind of sad seeing a thing of great design beauty laid out in pieces like that ... but very interesting all the same. I haven't seen the iPhone 5.0 yet in person, but as a user of the iPhone 4 (pre Siri), I think the larger screen would be cool. I recently saw the Samsung Galaxy phone in person and that much larger screen is appealing, but I still contend the phone is not as well designed from an aesthetic standpoint as the iPhone.

On the downside of this new redesign, I've heard a lot of people saying the sleeker footprint is almost too minimalist (feels too slim, somewhat cheap). There are also a lot of complaints about the new adapter design since it means all those extra chargers, accessories, etc. won't work with the new model (unless of course you buy an adapter for your adapter--in true Apple fashion). Despite all of this, I still want one!!

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Largest Component
tekochip   9/28/2012 10:09:28 AM
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It's amazing to me to have a device with that much computing power, and the largest component is the battery.

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Re: Sleek and stylish, but maybe too slim?
naperlou   9/28/2012 11:39:25 AM
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Beth, one thing to remember is that the phone started out as a bunch of pieces.  Sort of like from dust to dust.

Frankly, I wouldn't mind a phone the thickness of a credit card.  Slim is in for me.

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Re: Sleek and stylish, but maybe too slim?
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!

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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