iPhone 5 A6 insides revealed in expert teardown

iFixit has taken their tools to the new Apple phone, revealing the much-discussed new components, none of which are built by Samsung.

What's the first thing you're going to do with your iPhone 5? Watch a movie on the new 16:9 screen? See if your house has disappeared ? Or take a hammer and a chisel to it and break it into bits? Stop! Because someone has done it for you.

The expert gadget-bashers-apart at iFixit have taken their tools to the new Apple phone, revealing the much-discussed components inside. New bits include 4G technology, a nano-SIM tray, and a new eight-pin dock connector, replacing the old 30-pin version.

Inside, there's the Apple A6 system-on-a-chip. It's based on the ARMv7 instruction set, with the label denoting 1GB of Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM. That means the chip is not made by Samsung, Apple's fierce legal rival , as previous chips were.

Sony makes the battery, Texas Instruments makes the touchscreen gubbins, and Qualcomm makes the 4G doohickey. As well as 4G LTE for faster data speeds, Wi-Fi supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for the first time.

The teardown reveals the iPhone 5 is the most conducive to repairing yourself, including a screen that can be easily removed and replaced with a suction cup. It's certainly easier to repair than the previous iPhone 4 and 4S models.

While the screen is easier to remove, the glass front bit, the touch-sensitive bit and the LCD are all one component, making it more expensive to replace if you crack it. 

The 4-inch screen, black aluminium case and sapphire camera lens held up well to scratches and scuffs, but the glossy curved edges are prone to scuffing when attacked with a coin. 

Would you have a crack at repairing your iPhone 5 yourself? And do you think it's significant that Samsung hasn't made the chip? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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