Apple iPhone 4S gets the teardown treatment

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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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



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?

2. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

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

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

25. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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 many apps do u use everyday?....those apps which are popular generally present in all ecosystems including bada and symbian......

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.

39. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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?

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

30. lalitmaniac unregistered

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

3. meh unregistered

I meant to say planet, not planned :D


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

5. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

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

20. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

32. jacko unregistered

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

40. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

6. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

9. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

13. the_molester unregistered

bend over taco50 here comes my iphone!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Reported for spamming and being a molester.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

17. the_molester unregistered

me molests you, ok?

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

31. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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