You're next iPhone 5C: Apple's plastic iPhone lands on iFixit's operating table

Wasting no time at all, iFixit has surgically disassembled Apple's polycarbonate-backed iPhone 5C to determine a repairability score and get a close look at internal parts.

The teardown website took apart a blue model iPhone 5C, first noting that it had "super tiny" Pentalobe screws. It also spotted the battery and antenna connectors held down by adhesive strips, just like the iPhone 5. Speaking of older iPhones, the iPhone 5C has many of the same components as the aluminium-built iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5C features the same Apple A6 processor, as well as a Qualcomm MDM9615M LTE modem and Qualcomm WTR1605L transceiver. The logic board's back offers various power management, flash and controller parts from companies like Toshiba, Qualcomm and Broadcom. There's also a Murata Wi-Fi module.

Read: iPhone 5S gets the iFixit teardown treatment, is there real gold inside?

iFixit immediately saw that many of the iPhone 5C's controls and outputs are larger than the ones found on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S. Specifically, the volume buttons are larger. A one-hole microphone grille and four-hole speaker grille have also replaced the 10-hole microphone grille and 16-hole speaker grille from the older iPhones, respectively.

Another difference concerns the battery size and capacity. The iPhone 5C has a 3.8V—5.74Wh—1510mAh battery. Finally, yet importantly, iFixit said the display assembly for the iPhone 5S is lighter than the iPhone 5C despite the weight of the iPhone 5S' fingerprint sensor. The device received a repairability score of 6 out of a possible 10. 

For complete details of the teardown, check out iFixit's video below.



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