Notes

  • iPhone 5c Teardown

    Again, as I commented on 5s...I am very curious about the LTE & cell chipset(s)...4 different ones, seem to be shared between 5c & 5s http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/ ...I am wanting to know how Apple has dealt with this...is the cell section modular/interchangeable or just different chips soldered in the same slots on the logic board?

    They have a lot more iPhones to deal with than before: 5c=2 Mem sizes (only 1 on middle level iPhone in past), 5 colors, 4 LTE variations...5s=3 Mem sizes, 3 colors, 4 LTE variations. Whereas the non-LTE 4S has one cell chipset, 1 global model, 2 colors (1 mem size).

    So are they using a sub-logic board that is interchangeable for 5c or 5s? How is this changed from iPhone 5 (iPhone 5 could not do LTE in emerging markets, such as china, which is why it was discontinued, they had to have 2 LTE iPhones for these new markets, so, that is one of the main reasons for 5c and kill 5, also=biggest change from 5>5c).

    What is the same about 5c & 5s? How Logic board is attached?

  • iPhone 5c Teardown

    "What makes the iPhone 5c different from the iPhone 5s?"

    iPhone 5 owners are actually more interested in the differences between 5c & discontinued 5.

  • iPhone 5s Teardown

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    This is a main reason for discontinuing the iPhone 5, as it did not support enough LTE carriers (i.e. china), so that Apple could have two LTE iPhone models for emerging markets. So this part of the phone would be the most changed from iPhone 5 (at least in the 5c).

    Maybe you could comment on this after the 5c teardown?

  • iPhone 5s Teardown

    I'm very curious about the cell chip set-up. It appears Apple is using the same chipsets in both the 5c & 5s (http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/). What I am wondering is if Apple made a more streamlined modular organization to make it easy in the assembly process...interchangeable between both devices. I mean, they have a lot more combinations of iPhones to make: 5c comes in 2 memory sizes, 5 colors, 5s comes in 3 memory sizes, 3 colors. Add 4 cell chipsets. Compared to the non-LTE iPhone 4S, which has one cell chipset, a single global model in one memory size, 2 colors.

    So, is the part that contains the qualcomm chips for LTE & other cell reception one modular unit, or is it simply that they have soldered different chips on the logic board? My question is, did Apple find a way to make this part interchangeable between 5c & 5s?

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