Few surprises in iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C teardown

The folks at iExperts, an Australia-based iPhone repair firm, have taken apart the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5 to compare their internal components.

CNET staff

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C aren't even on store shelves yet, but the devices have already been torn apart. However, the dissections didn't offer much to surprise customers.

Australian iPhone repair company iExperts on Thursday published images of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S all opened up for the world to see. One interesting note was that the iPhone 5S' TouchId fingerprint sensor comes with an extra metal clip that needs to be removed to open the case. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C don't have that clip.

The images show all three devices have nearly identical internal designs. The iPhone 5S, however, has the biggest battery, followed by the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5. For the first time ever, according to iExperts, the iPhone 5S and 5C batteries have "Apple Japan" printed on them.

Apple announced its new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C last week. The devices will be hitting store shelves on Friday. Both devices come with similar external designs to the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 5C has a plastic casing. The iPhone 5S also adds a gold-colored option not previously available.

But internally, hardware-wise, iExperts found that little changed, which isn't much of a surprise, given the similarities between the products.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.


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