Monthly Archives: September 2012
Posted on September 21, 2012
Break it down! iPhone 5
We here at http://www.fix-iphones.com know that everyone has been itching to get their hands on the iPhone 5. And the thing we like to do most as soon as we get one is to take it apart! Our favorite part of the whole process is to break it down, and see what makes the little guy run. We love to see all of those shiny guts and innards of this machine, and here is what we found.
iPhone 5 Take Apart Video
In this iPhone 5 Breakdown video, you will see that the LCD digitizer and glass are all actually one piece now. This makes for much faster and easier repairs. Is Apple trying to take it easy on itself for its one-year, under-warranty fixes? Or, alternatively, could this be an extremely elegant design solution for a new and totally redesigned phone? Can’t it be both?
The other major feature of note? This iPhone 5 breakdown video shows that the vibrate motor has returned yet again to the old faithful model of the iPhone 3G and 4, abandoning the design and specs of the motor from the iPhone 4S. Just as we predicted in previous posts, Apple is reviving a lot of the earlier design choices from the iPhone 3G models. And we’re ok with that. We think that the design choices, given the limited space available with the larger battery requirements (to work on LTE) these were pretty smart solutions. Indeed, why did they change them in the first place? It’s almost as though the Apple iPhone was evolving in one direction (that of the 4S) and decided to backtrack and relive successes of previous iterations.
So there’s your first look at an iPhone 5 breakdown. We hope you enjoyed seeing all of the fancy new bits and bobs just as much as we did. What’s your favorite part of the redesign? Let us know in the comments.
Curtis is a tech expert and go to guy for fix-iphones.com.
Posted on September 4, 2012
The sources at Fix-iPhones.com have once again provided the techs at RepairLabs with exclusive photos. We believe that these photos are genuine headphone jack components from the much-anticipated iPad Mini, rumored to be released this September.
Supporting Evidence for Genuine iPad Mini Part:
Picture 1 (Leaked Headphone Jack Images)
- Very similar to iPad 3 headphone jack
- It’s short and stumpy: would take up less real estate in iPad mini
- Black, not gold—black is the standard Apple color of parts
- This is a complete part ready for assembly into device
- Standard Apple barcode visible on back
- Exact yellow adhesive as used in previous iPad parts
- Many similarities to iPad 3 (see below.)
Leaked Photo’s Similarities to iPad 3 Headphone Jack
- Both have slide flex cables that connect the logic board
- The headphone jack makeup is very similar
- The connection from the Leaked Photos strongly resemble the logic board of the iPad 3
- Same cable type: Black color and “lined.”
- Opposite side: you can see a real example of the barcode typical to Apple Products
Problems with the Other Images as Genuine iPad Mini Photos
- Not a complete part, in that it has no port on it
- No barcode
- We think this looks like a mark-up part, used for testing before the final design
- This photo they indicates that the headphone jack is going to be in close proximity to the charger port.
- The home button flex positioning puts it at risk for tearing when disassembled.
- Doesn’t detail Apple Barcode very well
- A copper colored coating, rather than the typical flat black. Apple hasn’t used this color since iPhone 2G. Apple is known for its crisp black cables
- Also show the headphone jack close to charger port
- The home button flex appears to be positioned underneath the charger port such that it would be at high risk for tearing when disassembling the device
One major difference between our photos and the others are that ours show the traditional setup: the headphone jack with a bit of distance before the charger port. The images from iResq and Nowhereelese.fr suggest that the jack and port will be closer together, making the iPad Mini more like a smartphone in design. Who’s right? That remains to be decided.
As we speculated earlier, in our post about the similarities between the upcoming iPhone and the 3GS, Apple may be reviving some oldies but goodies. This seems to be the case with the iPad Mini too, in mimicking the some of the successful design elements of the iPad 3, just in a cute little mini package.
Curtis is a tech expert and go to guy for Fix-iPhones.com.