Apple iPhone 5s: autopsy, comparison with previous generations and maintainability assessment

The first copies of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were brought to Russia on Friday evening. One of the 5s was in my hands. But I decided not to rush with the review, because it requires a rather thorough acquaintance, which takes at least two weeks. But the iPhone 5s literally burned his hands, demanding to write something about himself. And the master Alexander Levchenko and I could not stand it, having disassembled the poor man to the base and comparing its components with analogues from previous generations. At the same time, we appreciated the maintainability of the new items.

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The dismantling technology itself, to the delight of the craftsmen, has not changed much. Certain difficulties nevertheless arise, but at a later stage. The main thing when removing the screen is not to forget about the thin loop that appeared between the updated Home button with Touch ID sensor and the Lightning connector. Otherwise, everything is as before.

Every iPhone with an S index is a bug fix. That is, everything is about the same, but better. This applies not only to the characteristics, but also to the internal structure. At first glance, 5s and 5 are very similar. But upon careful examination, quite important things are discovered.

Here's a little thing - instead of two parts, they began to use one. But it looks more elegant, the rigidity of the structure is higher, and it is more convenient for the assembler.

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IPhone 5s on the left, iPhone 5 on the right

The screen itself, as before, is supplied complete, and a crack in the glass leads to the replacement of the entire structure. Given that the characteristics of the screen have not changed, we can hope to maintain the previous price tag - about $ 200.

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Some structural elements are now easier to remove than before. For example, getting to the 5s camera is much easier than getting to its predecessor in the top five. Interface connectors are also located a little more at ease, it is more convenient for assembly and repair.

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iPhone 5s on the right
iPhone 5s below
The camera module, despite the increased size of the sensor, has remained quite compact.

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And against the background of its predecessors, he does not look like a giant

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From left to right, the main cameras are iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 3GS I
have not compared the quality of pictures yet, it takes time.

Pay attention to the cables. They also periodically fail, especially at our temperature differences.
The upper loop, with almost identical functionality, has become noticeably wider. Again, more convenient to assemble, more reliable during operation.

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IPhone 5s on the left, iPhone 5 on the right .

Нижний шлейф, в котором находится и разъем Lightning, стал заметно сложнее, потому что теперь он обслуживает и сенсор Touch ID в кнопке Home.

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IPhone 5s on the left, iPhone 5 on the right .

It cannot be replaced in parts, only assembled. Previously, the replacement cost about 2500 rubles. How much will it cost now - I don’t know yet. But, most likely, the price will rise by at least 50%. Because the part is more expensive and the work is more.

And here is the updated Home itself.
Previously, it was changed for 2200 rubles. It’s hard to imagine a new price tag. According to the most optimistic estimates - from 5000.
Only very pumped-up masters have long taken to repair the motherboard in the iPhone. It seems that in the case of 5s, they will begin to refuse, too, everything is very densely located. And to change it is comparable in price to a new device. However, something really bad with her usually happens only after bathing in earthenware containers and at sea.

During the disassembly, we had a unique opportunity to compare motherboards of all generations of the iPhone. Here they are, beauties. Moore's Law in one picture.

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From left to right: 5s, 5, 4s, 4, 3gs, 3g. Above is the board of the very first iPhone.

An unpleasant surprise awaits us when we try to replace the battery. It is very firmly glued to the bottom cover, and it is almost impossible to remove it at home, it requires a hairdryer to warm up and a careful “picking out”. The fact of replacing the battery after this is already impossible to hide, no matter how hard you try. This is noticeable both in the lid and in the battery.

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The battery itself is a little more capacious, which cannot but rejoice. Of course, it is far from the flagships of Sony and LG, but perhaps this is more than enough for the more energy-efficient Apple A7 processor. The price of the battery itself will remain at the same level, but taking into account the increased complexity of work, it can take more for a replacement. For the replacement of the battery in the "five" took 2000, now, I think, will raise the price tag to three.

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On the left is the iPhone 5, on the right is the iPhone 5s The
Wi-Fi antenna has noticeably grown in size. It seems that in the previous version of the iPhone I normally caught networks. But now it seems to be very good. You can check in the field, before that it has not reached.

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At the top of the iPhone 5s, at the bottom of the iPhone 5

The polyphonic speaker in 5s (in the photo on the left) has become a little smaller, and at the same time the body has also decreased. The sound from this was quieter and worse. The price, one must think, will not change much (in the "five" it was changed for 3,000 rubles).

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But the 5s voice speaker, frankly, surprised us.

Outwardly, it almost does not differ from its predecessor, only larger (in the photo on the left).

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But at the back he has not two contacts, like the vast majority of analogues in devices of any brand, but four as many! Why so much is incomprehensible. It seems to have no additional functionality. Well, given the uniqueness, the price tag will probably jump when replacing - from the current two thousand to three, or so.

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In general, the work of Apple engineers continues to inspire great respect. People are constantly improving the design, taking care of its convenience and reliability. Do not forget about the appearance of the electronic filling, as the great Jobs bequeathed. None of the business colleagues have yet reached such rigor and thoughtfulness. Well, the fact that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to repair the device ... In countries not as creative as Russia, the deceased iPhone is either changed under warranty (free or extended), or sent to a large service center with special equipment. We also have these, and their 5s does not seem to be scared. And the clever guys in the stall “Repairing watches, cell phones and making keys”, of course, will have a hard time ...

I answer in advance a question ripening among many: the device was safely assembled back, everything is fine with it. Getting ready for this review.

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I also shot a short video in the process of unpacking , but this is an amateur :) The
price tags on the device are now "pleasing." For 5s of black or silver they ask for 50-55 thousand, for gold with the same amount of memory - as much as 95. Well, on the rise. But this does not stop many. Good to be a wealthy guy!

The author thanks for the great help in preparing the review of Alexander Levchenko ( www.tech-town.ru ).