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Photos reveal construction of iPhone 3G

updated 10:55 am EDT, Thu July 10, 2008

iPhone 3G teardown

The iPhone 3G has substantial differences within its hardware beyond 3G and GPS chips, one of the first teardowns shows. A model obtained early from New Zealand reveals, for example, that unlike the first iPhone, the glass and LCD in the display are separate, mimicking the construction of the iPod touch. The display assembly is also no longer used to anchor miscellaneous components, but rather just the main board.

Apple has merged the logic and communications boards together instead of stacking them, and perhaps critically for repair teams and home upgraders, the battery is no longer soldered, making it easier to remove. Chips so far remain mostly unidentified, but the phone does use Intel NOR flash and Skyworks power management.

[via iFixit]

by MacNN Staff





  1. Flesh-faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blue IC boards

    Is there any significance to the colour of the circuit boards? I notice that Apple seems to use IC boards that are blue, rather than the usual green, brown, red, pink, or even yellow. Do the colours mean anything...?

  1. karmatose

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: blue IC boards


    Not at all. PCB is PCB.

  1. ibook_steve


    Joined: Dec 1969


    color of boards

    No. The color has no significance. Apple used to use different colors to designate different levels of prototype boards, but the color now is simply so that the board looks good in teardowns like this.

  1. MN Bandit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Construction

    So with the battery no longer soldered does that mean it is now user replaceable? Also any comment(s) on the 2 screws on the bottom? After taking them out, anything else you needed to do to get the case apart?

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    missing the point

    I think the REAL news here is that the iPhone can be opened just be loosening 2 tiny screws, which will make things a h*** of a lot easier.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where is the battery?

    Buried under all the circuit boards? I doubt the average user would be comfortable enough to pull all that stuff out to change a battery.

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