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iPhone 5 'teardown' shows cracked screens will be easier to repair

September 21, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • IFixIt tore open the iPhone 5 and says it's a highly repairable phone.
IFixIt tore open the iPhone 5 and says it's a highly repairable phone. (iFixIt )

The iPhone 5 has been torn open, and it's revealing some good news: It's the most repairable Apple phone in some time.

IFixIt, which sells repair parts for Apple products, broke open the iPhone 5 and put up a guide online. The company gave the iPhone 5 a 7 out of 10 rating for repairability.

The iPhone 5, which went on sale this morning, gets such a high score because it now opens from the front rather than the back, and you actually need a suction to pull the display off. And because the phone opens this way, access to the phone's screen is far easier than the 38 steps it took on the iPhone 4S to reach its screen. This makes it easier for cracked screens to be repaired.

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Access to the battery has also become easier, adding to the iPhone 5's high repairability score. IFixIt says the battery can last about eight hours if used with 3G, so you'll need to charge this device at least once during the day.

One thing to note about the new iPhone, though, is its edges can be easily scratched and lose its color. IFixIt recommends you get a case for this iPhone model.

Apple has also switched the rotational motor of the iPhone 5 to ones Apple used before the iPhone 4S, which will make the phone a little bit louder than its predecessor.

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But fortunately, Apple has given the iPhone 5 a stronger home button that should last you a long time.

All in all, the iPhone 5 comes out with a good repairability score, which is great news for anyone picking up the device today.


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