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Teardown Report: Learning Apple's Design Philosophy From the iPhone 5s

Published: 08 January 2014

ID: G00245913

Analyst(s): Ben Lee , Jamie Wang, Roger Sheng , Amy Teng


Apple designs every iteration of the iPhone with a focus on driving the company on a trajectory of future product evolution and ecosystem integration. Here we identify the specific elements of the design of the iPhone 5s that will lead to shifts in the entire smartphone market landscape.

Table Of Contents


  • Key Differences from the iPhone 5
  • Features and Comparisons
  • Identification of Major Chips on the System PCB
  • Design Excellence Reflects Apple's Leading Market Position
    • The World's First 64-bit Processor in a Phone
    • A7 Versus A6
    • Camera Module and Image Signal Processor
    • Wider Cellular Coverage
    • M7 Motion Processor
    • Fingerprint Sensing Module
  • System Assembly
  • System Block Diagram


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