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Teardown: A7, fingerprint sensor main draws for iPhone 5s

Posted: 24 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iPhone? retina display? identity sensor?

The iFixit team literally went the extra mile by traveling to Australia to get the iPhone 5s early. With the help of Macfixit Australia, iFixit turned to its trusty set of tools developed specifically for teardowns and got cracking on the latest iteration of Apple's flagship smartphone.

The iPhone 5s comes in space grey, silver and gold.

Breaking in

The iFixit team uses a suction cup and "some gentle spudgering" to reveal the innards.

iPhone 5s teardown

Figure 1: iFixit's suction cup and spudger enabled the team to open the iPhone 5s carefully.

Once inside, tech specs are identified:

  • Apple A7 processor with 64bit architecture
  • M7 motion co-processor
  • 16, 32, or 64GB storage
  • 4-in. retina display with 326 ppi
  • 8MP iSight camera (with larger 1.5? pixels) and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera.
  • 1.2MP FaceTime camera.
  • Fingerprint identity sensor built into the home button

  • iPhone 5s teardown


    As iFixit says, "Perhaps the 's' in 5s stands for 'stuck,' as in 'this battery is stuck in with a lot of glue,' or 'I hope you didn't want to replace your battery-you're going to be stuck with this one.'"

    "The 5s has a claimed 10 hours of talk time on 3G, but there are rumbles that iOS 7 isn't doing you any favours. It appears different units sport different battery manufacturers; our 'space-grey' spare... comes to us from Simplo Technology Inc.," the team adds.

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