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Teardown Report: Apple's iPhone 5 Raises Cost-Competitive Bar for Smartphones

Published: 24 December 2012

ID: G00235733

Analyst(s): Alfonso Velosa , Ben Lee , Amy Teng , Jamie Wang


This report provides a teardown analysis of Apple's iPhone 5. Mobile phone makers and component and chip vendors will learn about the parts used, Apple's design philosophy, and how much it spent on its new smartphone.

Table Of Contents
  • Recommendations to Mobile Handset Manufacturers


  • Introduction
  • Design Overview
    • iPhone 5 System Specifications
  • System Assembly
  • Technological Improvements and Production Challenges
    • A6 CPU
    • LTE Support and Two Antennas
    • In-Cell Touchscreen Display
    • Wideband Audio
    • Lightning Connector
    • Casing
  • System Block Diagram
  • Identification of Main ICs
    • Major ICs on PCB
    • Major Connectors on PCB
  • Material Cost Estimate and Analysis


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