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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 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 June 6, 2012
Why the Leaked iPhone 5 Videos are Fake.
RepairLabs cries FOUL and takes issue with all of these so called new iPhone schematics that are being eagerly gobbled up by the web community. 9 to 5 Mac has just shared a video from Macotarkara, and I hate to be the one to break it to them (as I wholeheartedly love and respect this news source) but this isn’t the real deal. I’m afraid all the hype around this so-called prototype is nothing more than bunk and blather.
- First of all, we can’t really get in for a close look at the varmint. Yes, we ourselves have received less than perfect images from our sources, but couldn’t they get us a high resolution shot that we can really investigate? However we’re willing to concede that better images just may not be available if an anonymous source from a Chinese manufacturing company is providing the images. We’ve been in that position with our leak of iPad 3 Back Housing, back in Februray.
- But take a look at the cuts on the metal around the casing. They aren’t the usual beautiful clean cuts that are typical of Apple’s quality standards. I’ve worked with hundreds of iPhones and Apple Products, and none have ever looked this bad. At best this is the work of a newbie CNC machinist. Look close in the 9 to 5 Mac image, right where the Home Button should be on the white casing. See those tiny lines? See how they stop right before the edge of the metal? Apple doesn’t do that. Their housings aren’t machined, they’re pressed. This casing looks as though it has been CNC milled – you can see the bit cuts, that round off as the blade makes the turn.
- Yes, it does have a barcode…because I couldn’t fake a barcode in five minutes with a stencil and some black Puffpaint.
- I also take issue with the pill-shaped USB port. Apple has utilized the 30-Pin port since the release of the original iPod, back in November of 2001. That is eleven years, kids. Why would they change it now? The thousands of accessories out there are all going to be rendered useless. With their founder and leader gone can Apple really have abandoned their core design (pardon the pun) so soon?
- There are cheap knock-offs out there, usually produced in China. The 2nd (right) image below bears a striking resemblance to the supposed blueprints. Check out the port on this image, kinda…pill shaped? Definitely not real Apple there. And the first (left) image is another fun example of how teriffically BAD the knockoffs can be. Hilariously, pitifully bad.
In this humble genius’ opinion, the ultra-secretive Apple company could possibly have leaked fakes in order to trace leaks.
Yes all of these things do match perfectly with the leaked schematics of late, but could it be a little too perfect? Couldn’t some unscrupulous, opportunistic start-up have created a quick and dirty mock up in order to get a million and a half YouTube hits? Hardware expert Adrian Kingsly-Hughes makes a compelling case (see link above) against those blueprints. Heck, we here at RepairLabs could easily make up our own glass front panel and plunk it up on the Internet claiming it’s real. In fact, this leaves me wondering, why didn’t we think of doing that?
No, I won’t go so far as to say that this isn’t the new design, but I’m mighty skeptical. One thing I’m certain of: these pictures are not real iPhone components.
Take me on in the comments, I dare you.
by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.
Posted on May 18, 2012
The rumors of the much anticipated 4-inch screen on the Apple iPhone 5 abound this week on the web. Since Reuters reaffirmed them yesterday, citing an anonymous source, it has become internet gospel and the source of countless artists’ mockups (some of the niftiest here on The Verge).
So how different is the reported new screen size? Apple’s Old Faithful screen size, 3.5 inches, is growing to a whopping 4-inch (on the diagonal) screen. And how can we visualize the increase? Some analogs for the actual size of that half-inch include.
- A half-inch ear gaug
- The hem on your pants (usually)
- A stack of about 10 pennies
- One half of an inch worm
For the ladies, the ½ inch barrel of a curling iron, for when you want those sassy spirals.
Really? Half of an inchworm is going to make a revolutionary difference in the way we interface with the world? Around the repair shop, we are not impressed. Really, how much difference can 10 pennies worth of screen size actually make? Apple doesn’t need to compete with Samsung’s Note, or the Android. Come on people, they’re Apple. They defined the smartphone. Heck, they invented it. Literally invented it. So in that spirit, let’s think of reasons to abandon this cockamamie scheme that Apple has apparently entered into.
- You’ll have to move your thumb to navigate the whole screen. We’ll lose the ability to swipe in a single motion.
- iPhones have always had a 3.5 inch screen. Always.
- A bigger phone? Less Pocket space? Who wants to hold a brick up to their ear? (It all depends on whether Apple will increase the size of the entire phone, or just the screen, as illustrated in our mockups above.)
- Crowding the other features: ear speaker, mic, camera, and Home button, especially if the rest of the phone stays the same size.
- The rumored smaller pill-shaped doc connector (what about all of my accessories??? Am I gonna hafta buy more adapters??)
- Rumored to be slimmer, or rounded, so you have to buy a new case. Again.
- A bigger screen could also require longer loading time. Not great when you’re trying to load a map.
But not so fast. In the interests of ‘journalistic integrity’ and fair and balanced blogging, maybe I should adopt the position of Devil’s Advocate and consider some of the benefits this increase in screen size. Consumers have begun to use their smartphones like we used to use laptops, for anything from watching videos to playing games, to reading the news to, DJing parties. Those little devices live in our pockets and backpacks and handbags. They go to the park and museum with us. We don’t like to be without them. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt if the screen was just a little bit bigger…
Samsung has, after all, managed to sell some 20 million Galaxy II devices, which boast a 4.8-inch display. And the fact that not all of my Con points are precisely related to the ‘screen size’ gives me pause. Maybe this isn’t the absolute worst idea I’ve ever heard…There are a few good points to a larger screen size, providing I won’t experience even the tiniest inconvenience way from the change.
- More room for Angry Birds.
- Good for guys, with large, clumsy fingers or “Sausage Hand Syndrome.”
- Bigger view when running the apps.
- Better gaming.
- Reduced eye strain. Seriously, I’ve found myself holding my phone closer and closer to my face to read it.
- Larger screens happen to be the hot trend right now.
- Better widescreen videos.
- More Message History at a glance.
- Bigger Maps.
- Fitting 4(!) more App Buttons on the Home Screen. Yesssssss. I can already feel my productivity skyrocketing.
- Screenshots (See the link to the Verge above.) Look at how much Internet you can fit onto that baby! Check out the ‘Safari.app’ photo.
- Now that I look at my 4S, it doesn’t reallllly seem to use all of that room around the screen, well, *ahem, efficiently. There’s kind of a lot of space by the home button and ear speaker. In fact, next to the Galaxy II, it seems downright clunky and tiny.
Shame on you, Apple, for making me feel clunky and tiny at the same time! How dare you? It makes me wonder why we simply didn’t have 4-inch screens to begin with. I guess that I will admit that I’ve been converted. In fact, I demand a 4-inch screen immediately. With production expected to start in August, and the device anticipated to be released (in high Apple Release-Date Tradition) in the fall, looks like I’m going to have to wait a few more months.
Looking at it this way, I’m willing to concede that maybe the change will do some good. As @HAL9000_ on Twitter points out:
“The iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch screen; Apple is finally admitting 3.5inches isn't enough, even if you do know how to use it.”
What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Does size really matter?
by Curtis Taylor, Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.