iFixit has given Apple’s latest iOS devices the famous “teardown” treatment. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c internal components have been exposed in these two latest teardowns.
Beginning with the iPhone 5c, the iFixit team notes that the iPhone 5c’s display and battery come apart as easily as they did in the iPhone 5, meaning that there won’t be much difficulty in providing replacements should the need come about. The battery offers an improvement over that of the battery found in the iPhone 5 – the iPhone 5 had a 1440 mAh battery, while the iPhone 5c has a 1510 mAh battery.
In addition, the iFixit team points out that the iPhone 5c carries the same A6 chip found in the iPhone 5, as well as Toshiba flash storage. But iFixit also notes that the connectors in the device are actually secured with adhesive to make them less likely to be tampered with by the end user.
iFixit also took the case of the iPhone 5c to a new extreme of testing... a bend test. The iPhone 5c, being plastic, appears to be able to flex a bit, which should help with the phone's durability in drops:
The iFixit team gave the iPhone 5c a 6 out 10 repairability rating, noting that the amount of adhesive made a lot of the process more of a pain than it needed to be and that the pentalobe screws at the bottom prevent tampering.
As for the iPhone 5s, a little more excitement could be expressed with the new components. As soon as the team began trying to remove the display from the device, they found a new cable that routed from the Touch ID sensor to the case of the phone, which if the repairer was not careful, could be very easy to sever:
The Touch ID sensor itself just looks plain cool too. So here's a picture of that:
While attempting to remove components from the iPhone 5s, the iFixit team notes that the amount of adhesive holding in the iPhone 5s's battery pack is not minimal, and would make for difficult repairs. Unlike the iPhone 5c's 1510 mAh battery, the iPhone 5s houses a 1570 mAh battery; a slight improvement.
iFixit points out the upgraded 64-bit A7 chip, which is a step up from the A6 chip found in the iPhone 5c. Notably, Apple’s new M7 chip, which is intended to handle movement, isn’t visible on the logic board, so it’s possible that it’s built into the A7 chip as a separate entity. Unlike the iPhone 5c, which uses Toshiba flash storage, the iPhone 5s appears to use SK Hynix flash storage:
The iFixit team finds very little difference between the cases of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5, and has given the iPhone 5s a 6 out of 10 repairability rating being that the high amounts of adhesive make removing the battery tough, the pentalobe screws make accessing the internals difficult without the right tools, and that the new cable connecting the Touch ID sensor to the case could easily be torn if not carefully removed.
Although the repairability ratings seemingly go down more and more each time Apple releases a new iOS device, that doesn't stop the end user from enjoying the product. As long as the device is under warranty, the user can take it to a local Apple store and they will be glad to replace or repair the defective unit.