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The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® Repair: A DIY Guide to Extending the Life of Your iDevices! by Timothy L. Warner

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7. iPhone 5 Disassembly and Reassembly

The iPhone 5 is a work of beauty. Sure, the Lightning connector is a bit annoying until you have the appropriate adapters (or new accessories) in hand. Yes, the additional height of the device (the iPhone 5 is 8.6mm taller than the iPhone 4, and boasts a 4-inch Retina display) means you need a new case. However, in my experience, Apple did a phenomenal job on this phone. Beyond the pure aesthetics of the iPhone, the build quality is exceptional, and the performance is impressive.

The iPhone 5 is 1.7mm thinner and approximately 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4—that is a substantial difference, no doubt due in part to the iPhone 5’s anodized aluminum rear case compared to the iPhone 4’s rear glass panel. ...

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