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Apple iPhone 5 Teardown: X-Ray Inspection Version

Jul
09

Apple iPhone 5 Teardown: X-Ray Inspection Version

Thanks to all the feedback we received from our previous post. Popular demand asked us to x-ray an Apple iPhone. The plan is to take a look at an iPhone 5 this week, and compare it to an iPhone 5S later. I think you’ll be surprised how much changed between these two smartphones.

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As usual, here are some interesting parts of the iPhone 5.

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Rear-facing camera:

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Details of the rotational motor with a counterweight (used when in vibrate mode). Good to see Apple move away from the linear-oscillating vibrator used in previous models.

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Perhaps one of the biggest surprises in the iPhone 5 was the new interface connector, the Lightning. This 8-pin connector is much smaller than the previous 30-pin dock connector.

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The audio jack also moved from the top of the iPhone to the bottom. In this x-ray image you can also see one of the 3 microphones in the unit.

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The other side of the Lightning connector is not as busy. Other than the antenna connection, the area is open as an acoustic channel for the loudspeaker.

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Talking about the loudspeaker, here it is on the right of the following x-ray image. The ball grid array you see near the edge of the PCB is a Qualcomm RTR8600 multi-band/mode RF transceiver.

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Center stage in the following x-ray image is Apple’s power management IC made by Dialog. Also visible here is the latch for the SIM card.

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Finally, here’s the biggest IC inside the iPhone 5: Apple’s A6.

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Let us know how you liked this teardown. As usual, leave your comments with the device you’d like to see next!

About the Author:

Griffin Lemaster leads Creative Electron’s design and manufacturing functions. Under his leadership the company has traced an incredible growth trajectory, bringing to market x-ray and optical inspection systems that push the limits of technology. Griffin brings to Creative Electron a rigorous approach to product development acquired during his tenure designing automotive parts for a major Japanese automaker.

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