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Apple iPhone 4S gets the teardown treatment

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Apple iPhone 4S gets the teardown treatment
It was only a matter of time until the guys over at iFixit got their hands on an Apple iPhone 4S to complete a teardown and some of their findings are what we expected while others may be disappointing.

The Apple iPhone 4S does indeed have the dual-core A5 processor that was first used in the iPad 2. They have the processor speed listed at 1GHz while prior reports said the processor was clocked at only 800MHz. When that word broke it was a little disappointing for some despite early tests showing that the iPhone 4S does indeed stack up with the competition in terms of speed.

Another rumor that many dreaded is in fact true as the iPhone 4S only has 512MB of RAM in a time when anything less than 1GB is unheard of for top of the line equipment. However, until Apple releases a version of iOS that features true multitasking, no more than 512MB of RAM may be needed.

In terms of overall repairability using there scale of 1-10 where 10 is the easiest, they gave the iPhone 4S a 6. Very little has changed overall from the iPhone 4 in terms of appearance, inside and out. Check out the full teardown and tell us what you think.

source: iFixit

iPhone 4S Teardown

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posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:20 2

1. meh (unregistered)


It's all about the OS, at least that's what Apple fanboys are saying. They don't believe in even questioning the decision, in fact they are defending it O.o On what planned is less better?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:28 7

2. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


512mb ram? --_--` why was i hoping the 4s would be anything "revolutionary"? Nexus Prime here i come!

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 00:18 1

21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2131; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


u dont understnad that it really doesnt matter… what matters is how it performs in real world and if u find any lag on an iphone 4s please show me

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 01:50 4

25. saiki4116 (Posts: 349; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


its simple the ios does nothing than show icons of apps.thats it...............where as android does true multitasking with all live widgets and live wallpapers.the cause of lag in android is due to the fact that the ui is not hardware accelerated,which will be in ICS....ios require that much resources because it ain't doing anything......those of who would argue about apps..how many apps do u use everyday?....those apps which are popular generally present in all ecosystems including bada and symbian......

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 04:44

34. jebem_ti_mater (unregistered)


Android....true multitasking??? Which hole did you crawl out from? Maemo, MeeGo, WebOS and Symbian are the only true multitasking devices. Android is a joke.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:27 2

39. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, really? This morning I turned on my Amazon music player and left it running so I got a sweet soundtrack going while I played Fruit Ninja. How is that not true multitasking?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 05:53

35. mmcca (unregistered)


I will actually disagree with this comment. I understand that the lag of android may be down to the operating system actually doing more (which it does). Widgets and true multitasking is great. And you do really have more of a say on how it looks...however I dont really think that matters. I got the iphone 4 when it came out, went over to blackberry, windows phone and android since then (torch, motzart, galaxy s2). I have now gone back to apple. I moved away from the s2 for simple reasons. No amount of widgets make the device useful!
a facebook widget just shows latest updates, so what? same with twitter. It takes me 2 seconds to go into the app and see 100 times more. Weather app? if i wanted to see the weather, id click on it. Email app? who cares about seeing email unless you WANT to see email. point is that the widget idea is great, but it doesnt really work unless it has apps to back it up, and thats when apple ruins android.
I hate loving the apple. HATE it. but its the slickest OS around, doing what is needed right now. and thats providing a spectacular platform for running apps. Who gives a f**k about speed as long as there is no noticeable lag? This phone is thin, provides best apps around, the best build quality of any device, great camera, fast internet speeds and the list goes on.
I wanted to love android, i wanted to love windows phone. Problem is, after the first couple of weeks when the customisation fad wears off and you realise you do NOT change the look every day, you are left with a pathetic display of apps which are slow and buggy, inconsistent and... well boring!
In summary, this phone has solved every issue that was wrong with the 4. Antenna problem, occasional lag, and not ready for "4g". Epic win, Epic device

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 02:48 1

30. lalitmaniac (unregistered)


ha ha buddy..... i laugh at ur comment...
i got an iphn 4 and ipod touch 4g .......
dey laags like hell

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:36

3. meh (unregistered)


I meant to say planet, not planned :D

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:46 4

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Appleinsider can make up their little bargraphs and make all their claims they want. Yes it is true, the iphone doesnt require 1GB of RAM because extremely simple. It doesn't require the horse power that android does. Yes, if you want a simple, easy to use phone, get the iphone.


I love android and I can admit in the past it has had it's issues and was laggy. However the SGS2 was the start of a new era for Android. Once the others can match it's processor power, we will make our cake and eat it too. It will be super smooth and fast and have all the multitasking, free open source system that we all love.

Android has always been changing from the very begining. You could still take the original iphone and put it side by side with the iphone 4S and you'd have trouble telling the difference. That might not seem bad for some, but the rest of us think otherwise.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:57 2

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


True Samsung is setting up little tents all over the world and giving away free SGS2 phones. They will get lots of activations!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:09

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Giving away free SGS2? lol I am pretty sure they are still like 600-700+ dollars for an unlocked version. Maybe third party retailers like Amazon are giving away free phones on contract but that's a whole different story. I wish Apple would allow third party retailers to sell their iphones. Why would you rather spend 200-300 dollars on your iphone when a third party retailer sells it for 99 or less? Same device and all, it's just being a smart buyer.

Even if you are rich with lots of money, you should always invest wisely and look out for good deals.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:12 1

8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I guess you didn't see the article where Samsung was selling it for $2 from a tent in front of the Apple store. Pretty desperate if you ask me.

I'm sure the phone is great though lol

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:22 1

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


It is, it brings the best of both worlds. The smooth and fast response of the iphone. No lag, no force closes, no freeze ups, no reboots. I probably wouldn't even notice if it did reboot to be honest, since it takes 3 seconds for it to reboot lol.

There's still a lot of work to be done on both sides of it. I want a larger screen on the iphone and I want faster updates to android.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:40 2

18. s (unregistered)


yeah incase you didnt know only 1 is given out each day for $2 so i dont really think thats desperate ... apple "losing" their phone at a bar is desperate to me

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 00:07

20. JGuinan007 (Posts: 633; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Are they selling them in front of all apple stores? I want one for $2 thats a steal!!!

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 03:26 1

32. jacko (unregistered)


taco get ur eyes checked it was a store 2 shops down from an apple store

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:29

40. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


They were doing ten units a day at that sale price then selling at regular price the rest of the time. Good for you, Taco. You manage to f**k up even the simplest of facts.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:06 1

6. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Still gonna stick with my iPhone 4, iOS 5 gave me all I wanted (Android styles notifications) and while Siri sounds awesome, I can still set reminders and look stuff up on my own if I need to.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:15 1

9. c.hack (Posts: 505; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


I've had Android since the OG 2 years ago. Android has gotten stale since the DX was released. The only new innovation has been dual core processors. What most people don't realize is that none of the versions of Dalvik that runs the apps supports dual cores. I have been nothing but disappointed by Android since last year. Gingerbread was very slow to release, and even then so buggy it has required numerous patches to keep phones from constantly crashing. After my DX got GB it was so unstable VZW upgraded me to a DX2. The DX2 was also turned to crap by Gingerbread.

The bottom line is Android has evolved into a ghetto with a buggy, sloppy OS, poorly written apps, and nothing to show for the past year except dual core processors that aren't even used.

That's why I'm switching to the 4S after 4 Android phones.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:20

11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I'd say this is the typical android experience. Of course PA android fanboys claim android runs perfect and has zero issues. Whateverman even claims it's much smoother and more stable than his iPad.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:22 4

13. the_molester (unregistered)


bend over taco50 here comes my iphone!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:26 1

16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Reported for spamming and being a molester.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:25 3

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


They are lying, but only being honest if they have the SGS2. Yes I said it, the OG is utterly useless now. The Droid X also is crap, the Droid X2 is crap, the Revolution is crap, the Droid Charge is crap. LOL yes, thanks to the awesome exynos processor and 1GB of Ram on the SGS2, there is FINALLY a fast and responsive android phone.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 22:31

17. the_molester (unregistered)


me molests you, ok?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 00:22

22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Ha an honest android user! You seem to have a split personality lol. Anyway I agree that most androids even high end once have these issues pretty bad. I have never used the SGS2 so can't make a claim on that one. Maybe they finally got one to work right.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 01:58 2

26. Madden (unregistered)


No shioat taco...of course you never used a GS2....not that you ever would want to....
Seeing your profile of phones,,, seems you use the same pathetic phone for more than 1+ year at a time.....sdaijogijdsioasdoisdaihgsdoigdahsiogdashiaodshiads​io

Guess what....in the past year alone....I went through at least 16 phones.....of all different os's...(but it unfortunately had 2 ios's...).....so ummm ooopss........that should only count for 14 in 1 year span....

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 03:39 1

33. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Lol funny you should say that Taco because in all honesty I am spilt on android and apple. Apart of me still misses my iPhone but I couldn't go back to that screen size after using the super massive 4.5 inch sgs2 for sprint. The iPhone has been the long time king of a super responsiveness smooth touch screen. By all means, I can admit fully android did take some functions that apple made or at least made famous. But in the end since the beginning of technology things have been borrowed and copied.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 03:22 1

31. Whateverman (Posts: 3192; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That's not true for everyone. My Droid X gave me troubles with the GB update, but I got it replaced and works just fine. Now I'm using the Droid Inc 2 and the only complaint I have is the smaller screen. That .3" really did make a difference so I will be looking for something bigger next time.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 07:04 2

36. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


My galaxyS1 runs smooth and stable. Ive had it since launch. XDA will fix everything. :) It runs better than the dual core sensation in almost every test and real life usage.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 01:35 2

23. Whateverman (Posts: 3192; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yep, it's true. My iPad force closes and my Droid X doesn't. I never said to have zero issues, but I will be getting another Android as my next upgrade. I'm not sure why you have such an issue with Android, but you gotta get over it. To me, Android is much a much better OS but the iPhone isn't bad. It just isn't what I want in a phone.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 01:40

24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Even fandroid trolls will admit Apple has a smoother experience while they bash other things. You're on another planet.

How come droid x freezes constantly for everyone but you? Did you hack it and install extra ram?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 02:00 2

27. Whateverman (Posts: 3192; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Because I don't use Moto Blur, I use launcher pro, or GO. It gives me a much smoother UI. It isn't as smooth as ios, but its in the same league! I also have task manager to kill all background apps every hour.

Now can you admitt that iOS devices do force close from time to time?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 07:05 2

37. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


some of us prefer functionality over buttery smoothness, taco. your just going to have to get past that. Some people are superficial, they like only whats on the outside. Some people like whats underneath more..

noone likes fat chicks.. lol

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 23:19 2

19. Drafty (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Everyone has their own opinion on Android and Apple. So you think Android sux, well thats on you. I've seen great things happen for Android, and I believe Android is heading in the right direction.

I'm a poweruser and I'm rocking a LG Optimus S on Sprint. I literally use between 20 gb to 30gb of data per month. Some of it on Sprints 3g network. So you all know I love my Android device.

Peace in the middle east!

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 02:19

28. Ikechukwu (Posts: 137; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


extremely disappointing :(

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 02:28 2

29. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


You iphonr fanboys really make me laugh. You talk about how android is laggy. The iphone is only one phone. So campare it with one phone. The SGS2 which released quite some time back is still as good as, if not better than, the iphone 4S. It isn't laggy at all. I've used it. And the people with the problems of it not having a premium construction can suck it...it's feels really nice in the hand and the big screen doesn't feel gigantic in my hands. The iphone on the other hand doesn't have flash support, doesn't have true mutlitasking. Doesn't have widgets or live wallpapers. No wonder it's smooth. There's nothing on it other than an app launcher. To tell you the truth, Apple has started it's downward spiral. It will now only play catch-up with the other Os's

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:13

38. elite monkey (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


but will it blend?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 13:26

41. Ruckus (unregistered)


The SG2 is a step up from its predecessor, however it crashes fairly frequently. I'm neutral to both operating systems but I do find it amusing that Android users spend more time in iPhone threads! ^_^

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