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.
Posted on August 31, 2012
New iPhone 5 echoes 3GS?
Here at www.Fix-iPhones.com The release of exclusive images of the iPhone 5 from our sister site, RepairLabs.com, this morning, has sparked a lot of debate and speculation. It looks to us as though Apple is returning to the nostalgia of simpler times, by incorporating many of the design features of the 3GS.
Could Apple like the old design better? Our humble theory is that they do. We suspect that under-warranty returns proved too cumbersome and clunky with the design of the iPhone 4’s. As experts who have repaired hundreds of both the iPhone 3’s and 4’s, the design of the 3’s is much more elegant and easy to repair. It’s also far less prone to breakage, as the back housing is not made of glass. We speculate that Apple grew weary of the redesign as well.
Of course this is not to discount all of the other changes that might have forced the return to the older design. Changing the ratio of the screen or the positioning of the camera may have contributed to the necessity of the return to the Ole Faithful design of the 3GS. To run down all of the major differences we can see, we’ve compiled this list.
With these photos we can confirm:
Some Striking Similarities to the 3GS
- Apple has reworked the whole LCD Assembly and front Digitizer of the device. There are 3 flex cables. The first seems to be the proximity ear speaker, and the front camera. The last two probably LCD and Digitizer.
- The ratio of the device itself hints that it is indeed the long-rumored bigger screen.
- The camera is in the front middle of the ear speaker, no longer on the side of the ear speaker.
- It looks like it has a black ear speaker mesh instead of the typical metallic mesh.
- The home button is going to have more support as it backed by a metal bracket. Rather than being supported by prongs or push cables, it may actually be a combination of both.
- It appears to have a plastic 3GS-type midframe running around the digitizer and glass LCD assembly.
- The metal brackets suggest that it will be sitting in a housing that’s similar to that of the 3GS, but more modern and updated.
- From the width of the bracket, we can tell the charger port is going to be smaller (as rumored) because it has to fit between the two bottom screw brackets, exactly like in the 3GS.
- These pictures show that the LCD may pull apart from the Digitizer, given the side-situated rivets. (This is similar again to the 3GS, but a departure from the 4 and 4S.)
- We notice a striking similarity to a 3GS, with the bottom screws and brackets. We think it will pull open from the front.
So, could this be the iPhone 5 real thing? We think so, and these photos seem prove a lot of what the tech world has been suspecting all along regarding the new iPhone 5. Could Apple be going back to the old faithful model of the iPhone 3Gs? It looks probable. We applaud the return to the previous design for ease of repair and an elegance of design.
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by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.
Posted on March 1, 2012
RepairLabshas already brought you exclusive images of the iPad 3 back housing. Now, just days before the official launch, this iPhone repair service can show you more pictures of Apple's latest release.
The picture above is the iPad 3 digitizer. This part controls the iPad's touch function, as well as includes your front glass. As you can see from our images, not much has changed in the look of your iPad. With the back housing in hand, and now with this piece, we can confirm your iPad will look a lot like the iPad 2, just that 1mm thicker. The picture above also proves that we will have the home button on the iPad 3, contrary to some reportsthat came out yesterday. We also can see that Apple is planning to have both black and white models of the iPad 3, which is not surprising.
Another change we have noticed is the digitizer connection. That difference between the iPad 3 and the digitizer part for the iPad 2 does confirm that the logic board will be different, just as we surmised by looking at the back housing.
Although there are quite a few internal changes coming for the iPad 3, including that much-anticipated LCD screen, the digitizer proves that Apple has not made any radical form changes to your favorite device.
by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.