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First iPhone 5s and 5c Teardown Reveals Redesigned Components, Touch ID

by Jacob Kleinman | September 19, 2013September 19, 2013 10:30 am PDT

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c haven’t even been released yet, and already the first teardown of Apple’s new smartphones has been posted online, thanks to iPhone repair shop iExperts. The Australian company posted a fresh set of photos today, revealing a few new facts about the two new handset’s. Before we dive in, we should note that if you’re browsing through the photos above you’re looking at the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c from left to right.

The first thing iExperts uncovered was an extra cable connecting the iPhone 5s Home Button directly to the charging port, which made it slightly more difficult to crack open the device, and is likely a result of added Touch ID technology. We also get to see some close-up photos of the new fingerprint scanner, which the teardown experts note gets “incredible functionality for such little circuitry.”

Apple also redesigned the iPhone’s battery, though we already knew that. However, the teardown reveals that for the first time the new component is marked with the words “Apple Japan.” Meanwhile, the logic boards look very similar across all three devices, though the new ones are slightly more compact than the iPhone 5’s, while both cameras have gotten a serious upgrade compared to the old design.

The iPhone 5c is currently available for pre-order, while the 5s will go on-sale tonight at midnight. Both smartphones should hit Apple stores around the world starting at 8 a.m. on Friday.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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