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How to Remove the iPhone 5 Battery

Cell phone batteries slowly degrade over time, no exception with the iPhone. This guide will teach you how to remove your iPhone5’s battery for a repairing work.

Step 1 – Open the iPhone

  • You need to remove the screws at the bottom of the phone with a 5-point pentalobe screwdriver.
  • With a Small suction cup lift the screen.
  • Do not remove the screen at this moment, there are some cables that you need to unplug.

     

Step 2 – Unplug screen cable

  • Remove these 3 #00 Philips screws and lift the aluminium cover.
  • With the spudger, unplug the connector carefully and lift the screen.

    

Step 3 – Remove the Battey

  • Remove this (another) 3 #00 Philips screws securing the battery connector.
  • With the spudger, lift the battery conector from its socket.
  • With the help of the tab “Authorized service provider only” and a spudger, lift the battery.
  • The battery has mild adhesive, so don’t pull it with excessive strong, remove it slowly.
  • When reassembling, it isn’t necessary to reapply new glue.

     

Now the battery is successfully removed. To reassemble your device, just follow these instructions in reverse order.

iPhone 5 review

The new iPhone 5 is Apple’s slimmest smartphone yet and also packs 4G LTE connectivity, a 4-inch cinematic screen and a new iSight camera

iPhone 5 review

 Love

  • Bigger screen
  • 4G capability
  • Better front-facing camera

Hate

  • No iP5-specific iOS 6 features
  • Battery life still not great
  • Prefer the old Maps design

As well as being Apple’s skinniest phone yet, the new iPhone 5 also sports 4G LTE connectivity, and a slightly longer screen with a 1136 x 640-pixel resolution, while the new A6 chip is twice as fast as previous versions.

The new phone also features a new, smaller connector, improved battery life and a new iSight camera.

Does Apple’s new handset bring enough to the table to take on rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 920? We went hands-on to find out…

iPhone 5: Build

In the hand, the 112g iPhone 5 unquestionably feels lighter and thinner. The 7.6mm depth is impressive, considering that this smartphone is much more powerful than the iPhone 4S.

However, while the aluminium/glass construction is gorgeous to look at, the reduction in weight also makes it feel less industrial and less sturdy.

We’d take a lighter phone adorning our pocket any day, though. A nano-SIM on the side replaces the old-style mini-SIM, which forms part of the reduction in size, while the new Lightening connector replaces the 30-pin model, again, helping to shave off precious millimetres. A final note on size – it’s 9mm taller than the iPhone 4S but the same width.

The headphone socket is now on the bottom – we’ll have to see how this works in the wild.

The two-tone back on both black and white models give it a premium feeland Apple tells us the back is crafted from the same anodised 6000 series aluminium material used in Apple MacBooks.

Video: Has Apple trumped Samsung in the smartphone war? Check out our video below to find out

 

iPhone 5: Features

Standout features that we’ve had a play with lie within the make-up of iOS 6. Maps has been rebuilt from the ground up and now looks sharper, quicker and has some flashy features such as the cool 3D Flyover that allows you to zoom right into satellite imagery and rotate around landmarks as if you’re playing God.

It also includes turn-by-turn navigation that will have the likes of TomTom and Garmin reaching for the booze cabinet.

Video: Check out our Maps demo clip, below

 


Siri has also had an upgrade, now boasting the ability to launch apps and post Facebook entries by voice. Both were 50/50 successful in our limited hands-on time, so watch this space for an extended review.

One of the biggest feature upgrades is with the camera. It’s now branded iSight and, while offering the same 8mp lens, now has improved HDR and PhotoStream sharing.

Video recording remains at 1080p, while the front-cam is markedly better – 720p FaceTime being the standout feature. The headline newbie, however, is the panoramic mode that will stitch together a landscape shot in real-time and create an image up to 28mp in size.

We tried this out in a packed press conference and while the results were unsurprisingly dull, due to the dim lighting, the technology itself was impressive – telling us to slow down if we panned too fast and then outputting the jumbo image in a few seconds.

Apple has thankfully upgraded its old earphones to the new EarPods, which are a huge step up in design and do sound better. But then most things did…

iPhone 5: Screen

The most significant hardware change in our book is the screen. The Retina display is now upped to four inches and brags a 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi.

Real-estate is noticeably bigger, with a extra line of apps added to each screen and movies now playing in 16:9 without letter-boxing. It also means that there’s simply more to look at when browsing websites, playing games and using apps.

Apple says apps built for the old screen will work just fine but it will allow developers to create new apps specifically for this screen. It didn’t seem brighter in our short hands-on, but we were smitten with how much more information is now available to look at.

iPhone 5: Performance

The new A6 chip has affected how fast the iPhone operates. We were pinging around apps more fluidly than our iPhone 4S and video also looked smoother.

Throughout our demo we were connected to wi-fi – which now supports all standards under the sun – but we’re really looking forward to seeing how it flies on EE’s new LTE 4G network when it (hopefully) launches this year. HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA are also supported and it will come in 16, 32 and 64GB models.

iPhone 5: Battery

Apple has quoted 8 hours 3G browsing time, 8 hours talk time, 10 hours video playback, which all sounds pretty reasonable but We’ll have to put that to the test when we get a proper review sample in at T3 Towers.

iPhone 5: Verdict

While there will be cries that the iPhone 5 is ‘just a longer iPhone’, it remains a significant hardware change for the phone that hasn’t really had a good going over for a couple of years. Apple has worked wonders to reduce the overall size and weight while upping the power.

It comes with a raft of cool new features (mostly via iOS6), but fans of Samsung and HTC smartphones will cry that many of the features are already available on their devices. Regardless, it’s a significant update for an already super smartphone. We can’t wait to dig deeper into its prowess. Watch this space.

iPhone 5 release date: 8am, 21 September 2012 (pre-order from 14 September)

Hands On: New Apple iPod Touch

Apple iPod touch (2012)

The iPod touch is Apple’s stealth bomber. An iPhone without the phone, the touch serves tens of millions of people who want to run hundreds of thousands of iOS apps (especially games) without signing up for a phone contract. Many of these people are kids; many use simpler or cheaper phones to make calls, and use their iPod touch to play.

The new iPod touch is a much-needed upgrade, and I got to spend some time with it at Apple’s launch event. But in its new features lie a little bit of danger for the existing iPod touch buyer, which may be part of why Apple kept the earlier touch in its lineup.

The new iPod touch, like the iPhone 5 and the iPod nano, has been completely redesigned. The new touch comes in five colors (yellow, red, white, blue, and black) and it uses the same stretched, 1,136-by-640, 4-inch screen as the new iPhone 5. Like on the new iPhone, all of Apple’s apps use the whole screen; older third-party apps that aren’t rewritten for the new device will show up with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

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I’m loving Apple’s new practice of cladding everything in anodized aluminum, which has a soft, comfortable, warm feel to it. It’s certainly better than glass or plastic, and it’s one of the best things about HTC’s phones, too. The touch feels insanely thin (and it is, at 0.24 mm) and the aluminum wraps around the edges to give the front just a glint of color. The new Lightning connector, headphone jack, and the single speaker are on the bottom.

On the back of the touch, you’ll find its biggest new feature, and a slight danger given the touch’s market. It’s a camera: a 5-megapixel camera. A little silvery dot in the corner of the device pops out to become a wrist strap attachment; the touch ships with a wrist strap. Apple’s going after the digital camera market here, and as the touch’s camera appears to work just like (and just as well as) the iPhone 4S’s $99.00 at Apple Store, the company is going to win over some casual shooters here.

But here’s the danger: one of the iPod touch’s key advantages for parents was that it inherently limited their kids’ online vulnerability. While the previous touch had a video-only camera, adding a still camera makes it much easier for kids to snap unwise photos which they would then mail around, causing trouble. That could be one of the many reasons Apple has kept the older touch on the market, which is now $100 cheaper, with the new model starting at $299.

Back to the hands on. The touch has the new iPhone 5’s screen but the old iPhone 4S’s processor, which is an interesting mix. It shouldn’t cause problems, though, and the touch’s interface was perfectly smooth. I ran several apps, including the Web browser, Apple’s new Passbook, and Apple’s interesting but largely unknown greeting-card app, and everything loaded just as it would on an iPhone – without the phone.

Ultimately that’s the iPod touch’s selling point. Just like with the previous models, the iPod touch is the best way to play iPhone games and run iPhone apps without paying for phone service, and the new screen on the new touch makes it compatible with apps for the new iPhone 5.

The iPod touch will cost $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB when it goes on sale in October.