iPhone 5 teardown shows it will be easy to repair

If you think Apple’s put some attention into the iPhone 5‘s external design, just wait until you see the improvements made when you crack it open. Teardown specialists iFixit have cracked open Apple’s latest on launch day, and are impressed with what they’ve found.

Previous Apple devices have become infamous for their lack of repairability. From the iPhone 4S to the latest MacBook Pro with Retina display, vital components tend to be a nightmare to get to for anyone except a seasoned Apple specialist.

Not so the iPhone 5, it seems. As usual, repair site iFixit has quickly torn into the latest Apple phone on release day, and found it to be “the most repairable iPhone we’ve seen in a while” – since the iPhone 3GS, at least.

How so? For one thing, the teardown reveals that the iPhone 5 is opened front to back, so “replacing a cracked screen” – surely the most common problem with an iPhone – “is going to be easier than ever.”

iPhone 5 front

Having said all that, accessing the battery is apparently “a pain.” Speaking of the battery, it’s found to be manufactured by Sony, and is confirmed as being “a higher voltage and slightly larger capacity than the iPhone 4S.”

One component that’s been a bit of a weak point for many in the past is the Home button. According to this report,  the iPhone 5’s main hardware control “sports an integrated metal support bracket, which we hope will greatly strengthen the oft-used switch.” Not only will it be tougher, it’ll also be easier to replace if it does fail at any point.

iPhone 5 home button

The final “repairability score” handed out to the iPhone 5 is a more than respectable seven out of ten.

So, if the worst should ever happen to your beloved new iPhone 5 (and on a two year contract that’s quite possible) rest assured that the repair costs should be a little more reasonable than before. At least, if you go to an honest independent Apple repair specialist it will.

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