Just what's lurking inside Apple's latest iPhone?
There's not a whole lot of mystery given that Apple's own promotional video for the device shows a cutaway of the battery, circuitry and other parts.
In years past this practice was, perhaps, a bit more interesting, in part because Apple did not list its suppliers. That changed with this year's annual Supplier Responsibility Report, which included a standalone list of some 156 companies Apple did business with in 2011.
This year's findings? The device still uses Apple's non-standard pentalobe screws, which remain unchanged. iFixit also notes that the screen could be easier to change than with previous models since you open it up from the front. More findings will arrive in the coming hours, the site promises, since as the company did with the third-generation iPad in March, it's a "live" teardown.
Despite iFixit traveling to Australia to get first dibs on an iPhone 5 to crack open, this actually isn't the first teardown of the device. German site iPhone Garage gots its hands on one of the devices ahead of its general sale and posted numerous disassembly photos.
Apple's latest iPhone goes on sale Friday, which has already arrived in Australia, and soon other countries. A virtual teardown of the device earlier this week by IHS iSuppli estimated the bill of materials at $199 for the entry-level, 16GB model, the same number it retails for at its carrier-subsidized price. Apple's last model, the iPhone 4S, was originally less expensive at $188.