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Briefly: more iPhone 5 units stolen, self-repair teardown

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Fri September 21, 2012

London theft similar to Japanese heist in scale, timing

An O2 cellular retailer store in London's Wimbledon area was hit in a robbery early Friday morning, with more than 250 iPhone 5 units stolen along with cash in what police say was an inside job. The BBC reports that 252 iPhones worth around $165,000 were taken from the shop in the Tandem Centre at 1:30AM local time, and want to speak with Usman Sethi, 23, who worked as an assistant at the shop. Sethi is also wanted for questioning regarding the theft of jewelry belonging to a member of his family. Coincidentally, around the same number iPhones were stolen in organized attacks on three Japanese iPhone stores in Osaka, Japan.

Another robbery took place in Murfreesboro, TN where a gang of thieves stole Apple equipment including iPads and iPhones earlier in the week from a Best Buy store. The gang rammed the loading dock of the store and made off with over $100,000 worth of equipment, though the iPhone 5 was said not to be present in the store at the time.

Self-repair video tutorials for iPhone 5 posted on YouTube

Repair and parts seller PowerBookMedic has posted a two-part video tutorial on disassembling and then re-assembling the iPhone 5 on YouTube, and have updated their site with a part locator engine for iPhone 5 parts to help customers order specific parts even if they don't know the name of the part they want. The two videos, which about 13 and 12 minutes respectively, detail the process of opening up the iPhone 5 in order to do repairs on the unit. Of note, opening the iPhone 5 voids the warranty on the units, so customers should feel very comfortable with the repair task before them. The iPhone 5 is said to be quite a bit easier to open up and repair than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, but is still rated as difficult compared to plastic-based smartphones. The exterior of the new iPhone 5 is entirely glass and machined aluminum.

The disassembly video is embedded below for educational purposes, but actual disassembly is not recommended for owners whose units are still under warranty or AppleCare.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Tanker10a

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    Who has that kind of time in the day to do this to a brand new phone equipped with a manufacturer's warranty...

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