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The iPhone 5 inside out

Posted: 27 Sep 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iPhone 5? LTE? 4G? A6 processor?

With over 100 million iPhone units purchased by consumers, Apple is considered the smartphone market leader by many. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple has generated over $150 billion revenue within 5 years, just from the sale of iPhone handsets and accessories.

Just days after the launch of Apple's iPhone 5, an estimated 2 million units have already been sold under the company's pre-order system. It doesn't seem like the Cupertino-based company plans on giving up the "king of the smartphone" title any time soon.

Touted by many as the most innovative iPhone since its introduction C the Apple iPhone 5 offers Apple's first re-design of their flagship product since the "squaring" of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 marks Apple's first time moving beyond their 3.5" touchscreen comfort zone, with the introduction of a lengthened 4.0-inch screen.

As the first design to divert from its traditional 3.5-inch screen, the latest iPhone now boasts of a larger Retina display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 and 326 pixels per square inch (ppi). The design of the larger-sized Apple iPhone 5 also re-introduced the front-to-back manufacturing model that was last seen in the iPhone 3GS. One wonders if Foxconn, the electronics manufacturing facility of choice for Apple, had any influence in the design change as front-to-back manufacturing makes assembly easier.

Close-up on the iPhone 5

A quick look inside Apple's latest handset reveals that larger semiconductor manufacturers like Samsung, Texas Instruments and ST Microelectronics are a large part of the iPhone's development and smaller companies like Dialog Semiconductor (provider of the main power management IC), Skyworks (providers of the base band power amplifier modules) and TriQuint (providers of the power amplifier modules) continue to gain massively with their socket wins inside the iPhone 5.

Qualcomm MDM9615 die marking

Qualcomm PM8018 die marking

Qualcomm RTR8600 die photo


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