Probably the most interesting part of the iPhone 5 is the new OS it comes loaded with. (Which is also available on the 3GS onward.) IOS 6 adds a plethora of new features. My favorite new feature is the Panorama feature. Even though there are dozens of third-party apps with panorama capabilities, the native panorama feature is incredibly smooth and provides perfect instructions to “slow down” or “move camera up/down” as you are gliding across whatever landscape you’re capturing. The next favorite feature is the “do not disturb” feature, which is one I have needed severely in my line of work. Being a sales representative at a tech repair shop means I constantly have to show customers that I have the latest and greatest smart phone, and what features it offers. Getting a text or call in the middle of that can ruin a conversation and loose a customer’s attention. To break it down, while “do not disturb” is active, you can only receive a call if the person has tried calling three times in the last ten minutes. Text are received but no alert is sent until the feature is turned off. This way, you can still pull service and check your email/open apps but will not be bothered by your roommate looking for the remote or a friend wanting to grab a bite to eat. Maps has also seen a huge improvement. With Apple's rivalry with Google, they have decided to say goodbye to Google Maps and say hello to a vector-based 3D map. This map so far has a pretty slow render-rate in 3D mode, but is butter smooth with its voice turn by turn directions. I used it quite a few times when getting lost in my travels. Siri also has the ability to use this new map application, which works great if you’re in the middle of transit and can’t enter your destination manually. Now for the juicy stuff. I decided to let my tech Alex (AKA Gordo) tear it down. Of course I took photos to let you see. It wouldn’t be fair of me not to ;). In the iPhone 5, you see something from the iPhone 3g/3gs era. The screen if the first part that comes off. This is a blessing however also a curse. Repairs on the screen will be extremely easy, considering it’s the first part that comes off. Over all replacing it even for a novice like myself would only take ten minutes at the slowest. However, since apple implemented a similar technology Samsung and Motorola have, part cost is NOT cheap. In the Screen, you have the LCD (which displays photos/videos), the Digitizer (which registers touches on the screen) and the lens (which protects the LCD/Digi from abuse.) In the iPhone 5, the LCD/Digi/lens are all one piece. They are NOT fused like the 4/4S but they are all ONE PART. Meaning the manufacturing process of them is far more complex. Here is a photo of what that LCD/DIGI assembly looks like coming off and separated.
The next part that comes off is the battery. For whatever reason apple decided to go with a 3.8 volt battery. Possibly the reason is because of a high-powered processor. Other than that, there is nothing spectacular with the new battery.
Everything is seems pretty standard. You have your charge port assembly (which is actually completely dis-assemble friendly.) that being said you can replace just the loud speaker, or just the lightning port if needed.
The most interesting part of the teardown has to be the mysterious A6 processor. This chipset is rumored to be the most powerful ever on a smartphone. That being said, AMD has on their site that the processor can range from 1.4GHZ-2.3GHZ with a 400GHZ RADEON GPU built in. To most people this means nothing, but to a keen nerd such as myself, it puts pep in my step. This processor actually has hyper threading, which means each core can run two processes at a time. So for two cores, you can run four task at a time. In IOS that means not only butter smooth interface, but seamless transition from app to app even with tethering, Pandora, and angry birds all running. This phone is a juggernaut, and nothing I could throw at it would even slow it down. The iPhone 5 is a mystery. Right down to the way it looks, Apple is a company of wizards. Their magic being everything they make is not only beautiful but works flawlessly. They are one of the few companies where what you pay for is what you get, and the iPhone 5 is definitely worth a 2 year contract. In my opinion, it is the best phone to hit the market. I applaud Apple and lay in wait to how they are going to make an already-perfect phone any better.
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