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iPhone 4 gets disassembled for you to see

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iPhone 4 gets disassembled for you to see
As you might recall, the Apple iPhone 4's construction was touted as a great technological achievement, and the manufacturer didn't miss to recap that in its promo video.

Now, the guys and gals at iFixit have taken their time to tear the hot device down, and see for themselves if it's build is really that great. The article they've put together is quite extensive and focuses on a lot of details, but some particular aspects managed to grab our attention. Here they are:

  • The iPhone 4 is indeed a great piece of engineering! Hey, don't look at us - they say it!
  • As in the iPhone 2G, the LCD panel is glued to the digitizer and glass, so if you break the glass, you'll have to replace all three components. Let's hope that glass will turn out durable enough (although there are some reports that it isn't quite there).
  • On the other hand, the battery is no longer soldered to the logic board (Apple's way to say motherboard), but still, we would recommend that you do not attempt to replace it.

Other stuff that can be seen inside the iPhone 4 is what one would expect actually - the almighty A4 chip, 512MB RAM (double that of the iPad and iPhone 3GS), a giant 1420mAh Li-Polymer battery, etc.

Expect our Apple iPhone 4 Review soon!

Apple iPhone 4 Specifications

source: iFixit

Apple iPhone 4 being disassembled
Apple iPhone 4 being disassembled
Apple iPhone 4 being disassembled

Apple iPhone 4 being disassembled


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Hopefully some of you Android are satisfied with the build quality of this new iPhone. The Gorilla glass that the iPhone 4 has solves breaking/cracking glass problem. There's a 1Ghz chip now so it should be faster than the already super fast 3GS. Hopefully you guys are satisfied with the increased battery life too (maybe no more complaints about removable batteries?) since the people at Engadget got 38 hours of use from "calls, some gaming, lots of push email and calendar invites, playing music over Bluetooth in the car, and just general testing (like downloading new apps, rearranging icons, tweaking settings)." The only thing missing is a keyboard, something I hope will never happen. Apple might be money pigs after our wallets, but they know how to make a good product. Kudos to them for making this phone so thin too.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 10:50

4. lovebuzz (Posts: 76; Member since: 21 Oct 2009)


E.N. the Motorola Droid uses Gorilla glass for its screen. And hmm, sounds like you're trying really hard to convince yourself that this is a cool phone. LOL what did you think the inside was made of magic or something? How cute.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 11:03

5. jedi2000 (Posts: 31; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Yeah your fist comment about the new "gorilla glass" fixing the breaking/cracking glass problem. Follow the bread crumbs and you will find examples such as the one I found in 5 seconds through google:http://gizmodo.com/5559977/first-broken-iphone-4-shows-new-glass-isnt-that-resistant . Ok, now that doesn't look that durable to me, not even remotely durable if it cannot survive a 3.5' fall. I've dropped all my phones at one time or another from that height and none, emphasis on NONE, of them have broken at all in any way. Don't get me wrong this is an impressive phone however there are phones that are out and coming out that do and will trump Apples new $$$money$$$ child. I would like to end my rant with nothing that we haven't seen before. Why didn't Apple reinvent the smart phone again? This is just a slightly improved design nothing more, and not a revolutionary break through like the original I phone. I personally think that Mac has lost it's edge on state of the art and is focusing to much on "money that's what they want" dollar signs, and to little on customers.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 11:15

6. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Yeah goo thing weve seen this thing in peices over the last 3 months anyway hyping up for the releas, is this suppose to be different?

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 11:19

7. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Oh, and E.N. the removable mattery was never really about batery life, it was about being able to reset the phone as well. Apple has had there fair share of freezing and locking up, sometimes a bettery pull is needed to resolved some issues permanatly.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 12:05

11. android#1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


funny how the iphone 2g and iphone 3g and so on were the most perfect phones, what happened? problems with the iphone 4 will arise too, just wait till iphone 4g comes out lol

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 15:02

13. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Haha, you guys will always be haters no matter what. I already know this phone is going to be bomb haha.i don't need to try to convince myself of anything. Engadget seems to think so too. I was just hoping that some of you android users would be somewhat pleased by the hardware improvements, but nothing will not even thinness or the battery life....wow. Not even one single good thing from you guys.  And PapaJay224, you can easily force shut by holding the power button and the home button. And getting a removeable battery was also for the option of having two batteries.  I've heard that complaint enough times to remember.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 13:33

22. breal525 (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 May 2010)


It isn't made of magic?

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 06:22

2. mcmkone (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)


I think the iPhone 4 is a good piece of hardware it's just a shame about the software... there's no dramatic difference and multitasking is not true multitasking... When you start to look at the calibre of firmware’s with handsets being launched for a lower price also the economical struggle, which still exists, Apple may have had their time for this one… I’ve always said the iPhone doesn’t become competitive with the other present and future smart phones until you jailbreak it… sad to say but this is the only reason why I have an iPhone and potentially will consider buying the new one based on the fact I can jailbreak it…! Other than that my HTC Desire, right now stays warm in my pocket because of the features and the standard things we’ve been able to do with our mobiles for years since the SE P900 like bluetooth sharing, real multi-tasking not a stop and start process, access to files management, create, view, edit and send Word/excel documents..etc Yes the iPhone is easy to use.. call it the smartphone for dummies, I’m sure they have a book too, but unless they seriously up their game in the firmware and change the look and feel of the iPhone properly, next year will be the end of the iPhone and by GSMA 2011, we’ll know why too….!!

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 10:20

3. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


I disagree, I think the iPhone could release devices like they have an still be around for many years to come. They have a VERY loyal following deserved when the revolutionized the touchscreen phone. They may not be moving forward as quickly as some would like to see, but I don't see them going anywhere soon. Not everybody cares about how a phone technically works or comparing it to other phones on the market. I would guess half the iPhone users don't understand what "true multitasking" is.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 15:15

15. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Probably the same amount of Android users understand what true multitasking really is either. But seriously, iPhone is not game changing every year. But I don't see another phone manufacturer that is either. So maybe I'm missing something, but I don't really see the problem.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 11:20

8. jedi2000 (Posts: 31; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


I hope your right mcmkone, because I would like to see Apple take a hit, then maybe they would make some amazing things. Not to say the Iphone 4 isn't amazing just it's not a game changer like the first one was.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 15:08

14. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Can you name a name a non-Apple phone that is a game changer and explain why it is? I'm having trouble understanding what a game-changer should be like. When I look at the Droid, I see no game-changing. The Evo does 4G speeds but the phone didn't change the smartphone market as we know it. The Drood X doesn't change anything either.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 17:37

17. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I can give you some examples(even though i don't know the model numbers) but, Color screens was a game changer.....Camera phones were a game changer.....FULL HTML websites was a changer.....and the Sidekick was a game changer cause it was one of the first phones with a full qwerty keyboard that revolved around Texting. iphone was a game changer with the touch screen but i'm not sure it was the first one since the LG Prada was announced December 12, 2006 and the iphone was announced January 9, 2007.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 20:45

18. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


So you people expect iPhone to game change every single year? Isn't that expecting just a little too much? The iphone wasn't the first touch screen but it was the first capacitive screen with the best sensitivity. And the app store was nothing either? accelerometer.multitouch.safari web browser. touch auto focus in camera and video. proximity sensor. gyroscope.thinnest smartphone.....326 ppi resolution screen.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 23:02

19. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Well when people like yourself put the iphone on the highest peddle-stool, yeah we expect more from it. I know that the iphone IS a great phone but at the same time...its a disappointment.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 23:39

20. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I'm not putting it on a pedestal. In fact, I'm trying hard to do the opposite. I'm trying to bring the high expectations down to the same level as all the other phones. Apple brings a lot of new features and people still expect more more more.....which really gets annoying. And when they get some of those new features, they just forget they exist and point out all the negatives. Why can't HTC or Motorola come up with completely magical? As you can see above, I pointed out a few good new hardware features of the iPhone 4 and was quickly hammered by Android users. I don't need that every time I post a comment.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 05:56

21. mcmkone (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)


I think E.N you are right but also wrong... take a look at the history of smartphones and where we are now... but to break it down even more. iPhone, first model and look, iPhone 3G, same look and feel as previous model - main difference hardware - Same Design look iPhone 3GS, same look and feel as previous model - main difference hardware - Same Design look iPhone 4, same look and feel as previous model - main difference hardware - Same Design look In 4 years where has there really been a spark in creativity look and design. Ok I’m a believer of if it's not broken don't fix it too as many and I’m not a fan boy of any mobile phone I’m a fan of technology as a whole. We are in the age of LTE (4G) 8MP cameras, touch screen, biometric connectivity, 1-2GHZ chips and amoled. The general point of technology is to provide a solution which will help you to work easier, communicate better, structure rules and regulations whiles making peoples life’s easier. A wise director at IBM once told me those that continue to create and take risks will survive in this industry and those that don't take the risks won't and to be honest as much as i love all my Apple products I’m starting to see the chain of playing it safe and when you look at Microsoft (ok they're behind Apple for the first time) they are become creators again, e.g. Windows Phone 7 and Kinect / project Natal.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 11:41

9. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I got smart and purchased the HTC ARIA - check out youtube as it benchmarked quite nicely when compared to EVO, NEXUS and DROID (1st one) - I wish it was 1 GHZ phone with HD and HDMI out, with a 4 inch display and a physical keyboard - but the phone does well without these features/hardware - maybe ARIA 2 will include them.

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 12:06

12. android#1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


congrates, 2.2 yet?

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 11:47

10. bossmann20 (Posts: 38; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


damn ppl goin ham already lol!

posted on 23 Jun 2010, 15:20

16. ding2134 (Posts: 38; Member since: 30 Dec 2008)


Is that seriously 6 LDI indicators!?!?!?!? Awesome, lol

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