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iFixit Tears Down iPhone 5 Early, Thanks to the Land Down Under

by Paul Strauss

Since it’s already Friday, September 21st in Australia, the guys over at iFixit decided to take a trip down under, and already have their hands on a shiny new iPhone 5. As is their tradition, they’ve started the process of ripping it apart to show us what’s inside. With so many early leaks of the iPhone 5’s parts, I’m guessing there won’t be too many surprises, but it’s still always fun to get a bit of geek porn whenever a new gadget comes out anyhow.

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Image Credit: iFixit

What we know so far is that the new phone looks as nice as it does in Apple’s beauty shots, and that it’s still sealed tight by their annoying pentalobe screws. On the plus side, it looks like the screen module will be much, much easier to replace than the one on the iPhone 4/4S. As already suspected, the battery is only a tiny bit more powerful than the one in the iPhone 4S, so we can only hope that the phone performs as well as Apple claims on the power-sucking 4G network. Hopefully, the new CPU and display sip less power than the prior models.

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Image Credit: iFixit

Thusfar, iFixit hasn’t finished identifying all the chips inside the iPhone 5, but they have posted some images in case you’d like to start your own detective work right now. Every time I see one of these tiny motherboards, I’m blown away by the incredible advances in miniaturization over the last few years. Just think, this thing is more powerful than any PowerBook Apple ever released.

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Image Credit: iFixit

You can check out the iPhone 5 teardown in progress over at iFixit right now. Be sure to refresh often as they finish up their disassembly if you want to find out all the other gory details of the internals of the latest iPhone.




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