iFixit Completes iPhone 5c Teardown, Highlights Include Durable Shell, Larger Battery

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following last night's teardown of the iPhone 5s, iFixit has completed its iPhone 5c teardown. Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 5c's dismantling has revealed numerous similarities with the iPhone 5, including nearly identical innards with matching A6 processors.

    While the internals and form factor are largely the same, the iPhone 5c is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone 5 and due to its polycarbonate shell. The 5c also has a larger battery, measuring in at 1510 mAh compared to the 1440 mAh battery of the iPhone 5, and it shares camera parts with the iPhone 5s, though the latter has a larger aperture. iFixit found that the plastic shell was nearly impossible to bend, largely because of its heft - the rear case weighs in at 43.8 grams.

    iFixit gave the iPhone 5c a 6 out of 10 repairability score, one point lower than the iPhone 5 and the same score given to the iPhone 5s, due to the lack of the pull tab on the battery, the proprietary screws, and the considerable amount of adhesive used to hold the phone together. iFixit has a number of other pictures and a detailed rundown of the iPhone 5c dismantling process on its website.

    Article Link: iFixit Completes iPhone 5c Teardown, Highlights Include Durable Shell, Larger Battery
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    Love me some solid construction. Now can we get solid colors instead of pastels?
  3. AngerDanger, Sep 20, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    And here I was, expecting the removal of the plastic shell to reveal a disguised iPhone 5. Oh well…
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
  5. macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2004
    I give iFixit a 6 out of 10 in their ability to understand that companies do not necessarily build products to be repairable by iFixit with many good reasons. For example more glue strengthens the substrate and overall monolithic nature of the device to survive falls, etc. And tamper resistant screws prevent the inexperienced from delving in to areas where they wish they had not. Such screws are quite common all throughout industry.

    Oh, and let's not forget, that iFixit conveniently has a link to THEIR pentalobe screwdriver set and tools all throughout their allegedly unbiased and democratic reviews that score repair-ability devices for the good of mankind.

    Funny that.
  6. macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2009
    Their screwdriver kit and spudgers have helped me greatly. Otherwise, I agree that the repairability of a phone isn't a buying point. I don't recall them even caring if they could repair my old Motorola phones, or sony phones, etc. Then again, the batteries were user accessible...
  7. pmz
    macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    Here's a better idea iFixit:

    Don't rate products on their ability to be taken apart, like its some radioshack knock off from 1993.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2007
    I'm glad to have another link for all those forum threads about how cheap the C is and anybody dumb enough to buy one doesn't know anything about phones because plastic!?!
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2010
    I give your reading comprehension a 2/10. Obviously you miss the entire point of the website.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    iFixit is a great website. I have a lot of respect for the time and effort they put into their breakdowns. They sell stuff to help people fix their iPhones? No way! You mean they are a company and make money by providing a service? Someone jail them all, quick.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2007
  12. macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2013
    You can't. The 5c logic board is smaller to allow for a bigger battery.
    Thats why all the talk about the 5c being just a 5 in a plastic shell is just bull.

    Its a new phone with an old cpu in it.
  13. macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    And old screen, which is a pretty substantial part of a modern phone...
  15. macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2004
    Don't misunderstand. iFixit is a great website, and their products are great and I use them frequently. I just think their tone of scoring stuff and their pithy attitude is BS. Just stick to delivering good content and tools and dispense with the holier than thou repairability ratings BS.
  16. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    The 5C only comes in solid colors.
  17. macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2013
    Its a phone so the most substantial part of it is the (also new) baseband chip.
    Now supporting all the LTE frequencies in Europe. Which gives the 5c a real advantage over the 5.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    Good on more battery. I would really like Apple to use the 'grabbing-power-out-of-the-air' and solar cell skin so that the devices are constantly charging them selves when they have resources. Power's free if you know where to look. The consumption is getting low enough that these could make a big difference extending battery life.
  19. macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    But that's sort of the point of the website...
  20. macrumors 68030


  21. macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
  22. macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2013
    Make it water resistant and you'll go home with daddy :D
  23. macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    They don't have "matching A6 processors". The 5s has an A7 processor.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2013
    They were talking about the iPhone 5, not the 5s.
  25. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    The entire site is dedicated to budget methods of fixing electronics. If you dislike that, it has nothing truly interesting to offer beyond a peek under the hood of new hardware.

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