iFixit iPhone 5c Teardown

iFixIt says the tornado of new Apple devices has taken them over the rainbow, and they’ve landed in the world of technicolor. At iFixit, they like to answer the hard questions in life, such as “Why is [Apple’s latest smartphone] called the c? Why can’t Apple name devices in a way that makes sense? What will the insides be like?

Teardown snippets:

Technical Specs include:
• Apple A6 system on a chip (SoC)
• 4-inch Retina display with 326 ppi
• 8 megapixel iSight camera
• 4G LTE connectivity
• 16 or 32 GB Storage

Every port, button, and slider has had its metal swapped out for plastic, and not only are these parts made of plastic, they also look a lot more”childish.”

Removing the battery requires the assistance of iFixIt’s iOpener, a departure from the easy battery replacements of yester-year.

The battery has been beefed up a bit, clocking in at 3.8 V5.73 Wh1510 mAh, compared to the 3.8 V5.45 Wh1440 mAh battery of the iPhone 5.

Will it bend? Based on the muscle test, this lacquered plastic is as strong and blue as Captain Planet, and it’s good to know that, though the rear panel is made with plastic to presumably cut costs, Apple did not compromise build quality in the process.

iPhone 5c Repairability: 6 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
Just like in the iPhone 5, the display assembly is the first component out of the phone, simplifying screen replacements, and the battery is still fairly easy to access, even though it’s not technically “user replaceable,” although the battery has lost the 5’s convenient pull tab, and gained more resilient adhesiveit now requires heat and prying to remove.

Full teardown:

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