Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The reparability of the iPhone 5 and how it affects the design of future Apple products

iphone 5 lateral 628x350 La reparabilidad del iPhone 5 y como afecta al diseño de los futuros productos de Apple

Now we've seen some complete disassembly of the iPhone 5, we can better judge the reparability of the same. More than that, the design changes you see in the iPhone 5 may shed some light on where it is headed in the future Apple iOS devices design.

The iPad 3 disappointed some technicians in the field repairability. There was much concern about the design of the new iPad may affect the cost of repairs or even replacement. Although the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S were not exactly the easiest to repair, following some guides and manuals could replace nearly all components.

The iPhone 5 is another change in the form factor of Apple, and a return to front-opening design of the iPhone 3GS. This means for end users, if you break the screen, the repair is less expensive and easier than the current iPhone 4 or 4S. Apple also enables devices to repair more easily in the Apple Store. We've heard that Apple Retail replacements made ​​iPhone 5 screens in their stores, similar to how they did with the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. It is not clear what they will charge to replace the screen of the iPhone 5, or the price charged for a replacement device, but the fact that it is possible to do is important.

If this change of direction in the design will be transferred to other devices or not remains to be seen. It is rumored that the iPad 3 will soon have a hardware revision . Sooner or later you will have to add the new connector Lightning and perhaps update some internal components.

The iPad 3 took most of the design of the iPad 2, since the design of the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S was not practical for a tablet. Certain design elements of the iPhone 5 itself that could be. Although we can not be sure how these changes affect the design of the iPad line in the coming years, there are some things that we may see in the near future.

The iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S and combined the digitizer and LCD through a bonding process. The iPhone 5 is fused the two in an In-Cell screen to make the device thinner yet. This is not the case of the current iPad. The LCD and digitizer as components are completely different. They are linked together and there is still a big difference between the two.

The space between the LCD and the digitizer in the iPad could be completely eliminated, and Apple could do the same on the iPod touch, which would not affect the repairability at all. Or you could go the way of the iPhone 5 and allow easier access from the top panel without adhesive.

Apple has never been raised to make a radical change for the sake of doing something different. Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, said it best in the introduction video of the presentation of the iPhone 5.

"Because of the unique relationship that people have with their iPhone, we take very seriously changes. We do not want a new phone only. We want to do a much better phone. "

So it is clear that what Apple has done with the iPhone 5 and what they will do with future products like the iPad mini and, someday, the iPad 4 and iPhone 5S, decisions are not taken lightly.

This is how we come to know what to expect from Apple devices in the future. The upcoming releases of Apple certainly give the same feeling that occurs when you pick up the iPhone 5. You will feel like home, but somehow feel that you are holding a product better and more pleasant to use.

Apple has never given priority to ease of maintenance or reparability by the user, and not expect that to change. But sometimes, Apple's priorities are aligned with those of device repair technicians.

The iPhone 5 is a great example of this, and hopefully there will be more to come.

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