These Are The Secret Little Tools Apple Uses To Repair The iPhone 5s

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    These Are The Secret Little Tools Apple Uses To Repair The iPhone 5s



    A lot of fuss has been made about the iPhone’s lack of repairability ever since it debuted in 2007 without *gasp* a removeable battery. Six years of design updates later and the iPhone is still as hard to tinker with as ever, unless of course you work at Apple.

    Yesterday, Cult of Mac revealed a few pictures of the new tools Apple created to make iPhone 5s and 5c repairs easier than ever for Geniuses. Now our tipster is back with a bunch of GIFs of Apple’s fancy new toys in action, straight from Apple’s official iPhone 5s and 5c repair training videos.

    Along with detailed animations of the new iPhone 5s and 5c components, the exclusive shots below show the exact methods Apple staff use to repair broken iPhone 5s, thanks to an array of tools created to make the process more efficient, including a new Universal Display Removal Fixture and an iPhone Battery Fixture Apple keeps hidden in the back of Apple Stores.

    Want to know how fix your iPhone the Apple way? Study the GIFs below and you’ll be swapping out batteries like a Genius in no time:



    Universal Display Removal Fixture

    Rather than use just a single suction cup and pry the display open, Apple created the Universal Display Removal Fixture to provide quicker access to the iPhone’s internals without putting components at risk in the process.

    To open a device for repair Apple has mounted Universal Display Removal Fixtures with four suction cups to gently pry the display from the body.





    Insert the iPhone. Plop the suction cups down. Pull the spring-loaded-lever up. Viola! An open iPhone 5s, no prying required.





    Battery Removal

    iFixit’s teardown of the iPhone 5s recommends prying the battery right off its adhesive, but Apple’s official guide says you should cut the adhesive strip with scissors, and then slowly pull the adhesive out underneath the battery before using a black stick to lift it out.





    You only need to use a black stick to lift the battery out the iPhone case after the adhesive is gone. Prying the battery off the top before removing the adhesive could cause you to damage some of the internal components.






    Once they remove the battery, Geniuses pick off an extra adhesive and then apply these simple adhesive strips to keep the iPhone battery in place.






    Speaker Replacement

    We’re told Geniuses can replace seven components on the iPhone 5s at the the store – the speaker, receiver, vibration motor, iSight camera module, battery, sim ejector tool, and the display.

    Speaker replacements are pretty straightforward. Unscrew the broken component, then pop in a new one like so:





    SIM Ejector Tool

    You probably never think about your SIM Ejector, but it fails a lot. The fix is pretty quick though and only requires an extra set of tweezers.





    iPhone Battery Fixture

    To make sure Geniuses apply the perfect amount of pressure between the new battery and adhesive strips, Apple created the iPhone Battery Fixture.





    The device lines up your iPhone in preparation for the pressure roller to be dropped.






    Press the red lever down and the pressure roller lands gently on the new battery to make sure the adhesive keeps it firmly in place.






    Slide the tray back through the vertical tower a couple times and the pressure roller secures the the battery to the new adhesive strip.








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    Apple Created These Neat Tools To Make The iPhone More Repairable Than Ever



    Apple likes to keep its secrets close to the chest, but Cult of Mac has grabbed an exclusive look at some behind the scenes video of Apple iPhone 5s repair processes. A tipster behind the Genius Bar has shown us portions of Apple’s official iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c repair videos that showcase the emphasis Jony Ive and the design team placed on repairability when creating the latest iPhones, as well as the crazy little repair tools Apple uses to ensure quality repairs.

    Despite launching to record breaking sales numbers in September, Apple’s iPhone lineup has come under fire again and again for its apparent lack of repairability. Catherine Rampell at the the New York Times went on a bullshit parade two weeks ago claiming Apple tries to make your iPhone break so you have to buy a new one. Even Apple fans like our pal Kyle Weins, at iFixit, bemoaned Apple for not making the iPhone 5s more repairable for users.

    To consumers, the locked enclosures of the iPhone 5s may seem like a guarded unfixable fortress, but the truth is that the iPhone 5s is one of Apple’s most repairable devices ever, you just have to be a Genius to get the right tools for the operation.

    The segments of the 12 training videos we saw provided detailed animations of the iPhone 5s and 5c internal components, as well as guides on how to access and swap six components on the device – speaker, receiver, vibration motor, iSight camera module, battery, and sim ejector tool.

    Here’s a picture from Apple’s training guide of the five specialized tools required to swap out iPhone 5c components:




    iPhone torque driver
    Security bit
    Nylon probe tool (black stick)
    Universal Display Removal Fixture
    Official iPhone 5c Repair Tray

    Unofficial guides like iFixit’s iPhone repair instructions call for users to lift the screen with a single suction cup and then pry it off, but Apple has developed the iPhone 5c repair tray to allow Geniuses to quickly open the display and swap components without breaking the display flex cable. They even have an “iPhone Battery Fixture” that’s basically a weighted roller that applies the perfect amount of pressure between a battery and its new adhesive tabs.





    The training videos are packed full of info that show how Apple’s streamlining its repairs process and the nuances that go into swapping even the smallest iPhone components. We haven’t got our hands on a full copy of the videos yet, but we’ll have more to come. Stay tuned.





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