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iPhone 4 Gets Torn Apart and Photographed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

It's iPhone 4 day and you know what that means; open-phone surgery!

As always, the lads over at iFixit were frighteningly quick off the mark with their latest disassembly. Dissection confirmed 512MB of RAM (twice that of the 3GS); a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU; a 1420mAh Li-Polymer battery (the Nexus One is 1400mAh); and an LCD panel that's glued to the glass and digitizer, meaning if you break the glass, you'll be replacing all three parts.

Speaking of glass, did you know the iPhone's front glass panel is constructed of Corning Gorilla Glass, a chemically strengthened alkali-aluminosilicate thin sheet glass that is reported to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic? The incorporation of Gorilla Glass means it's less prone to wear and tear and, we hope, has added protection against those of us with butter-fingersitis. Other interesting fact: The battery might be absolutely huge but it looks like it'll be fairly easy to replace. iFixit reports that it's just a case of removing two screws and popping the back cover off the phone.

Check out a few pictures below or head on over to iFixit for the full teardown.

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    grillz9909 , June 23, 2010 4:38 PM
    I hope they don't raid this guy's house too!

    /sarcasm
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    christopherknapp , June 23, 2010 4:20 PM
    Very cool.

    The glue was no surprise at all, it was shown in the manufacturing video at WWDC. I am glad for the battery, it looks like it will be much better than the 3GS. I am excited to see what Apps start to come out for these powerhouse phones like the Droid X and Incredible, too!

    I wander how hard it would be to solder memory in and out?
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    banthracis , June 23, 2010 4:20 PM
    Um, how's this new or exciting news? This was done by gizmodo a while ago...
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    christopherknapp , June 23, 2010 4:33 PM
    banthracisUm, how's this new or exciting news? This was done by gizmodo a while ago...


    He did a full teardown? I don't recall seeing that. Have a link?
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    banthracis , June 23, 2010 4:38 PM
    christopherknappHe did a full teardown? I don't recall seeing that. Have a link?


    It only happened 2 months ago, and sparked a controversy that made international headlines...

    http://gizmodo.com/5520876/the-next-iphone-dissected
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/technology/companies/20apple.html?scp=6&sq=iphone%20gizmodo&st=cse
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/technology/27iphone.html?scp=4&sq=iphone%20gizmodo&st=cse

    oh and some asian site also did an even more extensive dissection of another "lost" phone a few week later.
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    grillz9909 , June 23, 2010 4:38 PM
    I hope they don't raid this guy's house too!

    /sarcasm
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    SOSTrooper , June 23, 2010 4:42 PM
    banthracisUm, how's this new or exciting news? This was done by gizmodo a while ago...


    But this time nobody gets arrested.
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    christopherknapp , June 23, 2010 4:44 PM
    banthracisIt only happened 2 months ago, and sparked a controversy that made international headlines...http://gizmodo.com/5520876/the-next-iphone-dissectedhttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/ [...] odo&st=csehttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/ [...] odo&st=cseoh and some asian site also did an even more extensive dissection of another "lost" phone a few week later.


    That was a prototype phone for one ... and for two ... I learned more from this teardown than the Giz. More informative and iFixit gives full manuals for self repairs.
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    mattclary , June 23, 2010 4:48 PM
    I read the title as "iPhone 4 Gets Torn Apart and Photoshoped"
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    nforce4max , June 23, 2010 4:53 PM
    Hmmmm

    Not much to the eye then again its a phone which is all that Apple makes these days on it own efforts except for the poor souls who toil day and night for Mr Jobs the Robber Barron.
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    Pei-chen , June 23, 2010 5:14 PM
    I am amazed how well spec.ed and tiny this phone it. The battery took up half the space inside yet they still have all the functions.

    EVO 4G is cool too but it is 50% heaver and twice the size.
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    wintermint , June 23, 2010 5:17 PM
    Sadly I don't see what's so magical about it...
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    chickenhoagie , June 23, 2010 5:19 PM
    battery is fairly easy to replace afterall:) 
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    tokenz , June 23, 2010 5:27 PM
    chickenhoagiebattery is fairly easy to replace afterall


    Yeah just two screws to take out. Oh and you have to order and wait for a battery to arrive. I just pop the back of my phone off and put a new one in. I wish it was as harder to do, Like the iphone. Then I might feel like I accomplished something.
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    jomofro39 , June 23, 2010 5:46 PM
    I want that little blue pry-tool.
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    aleh1811 , June 23, 2010 6:10 PM
    I missread the first part of the title as a woman's name.

    I felt intrigued about myself for the reaction i had to it.
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    sliem , June 23, 2010 6:36 PM
    You'd like to see a woman torn apart and photographed?
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    JMcEntegart , June 23, 2010 8:43 PM
    aleh1811I missread the first part of the title as a woman's name.I felt intrigued about myself for the reaction i had to it.

    sliemYou'd like to see a woman torn apart and photographed?


    This took an interesting turn.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , June 23, 2010 8:43 PM
    wow!!! O-M-G!....you take a screwdriver and then....and then you do this.... and then..... and then you take plastic tool and take out dur dur dur da chips......and then....and then your phone doesn't work...and then....[/sarcasm]
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    wotan31 , June 23, 2010 10:03 PM
    The miniaturization these days is absolutely amazing. 1 Ghz CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and hardware 3D acceleration. It wasn't that long ago that my expensive desktop gaming PC had those same specs. Around 2003 IIRC. Ah, the steady forward march of technology.
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    Userremoved , June 23, 2010 11:18 PM
    It's even more powerful then the iPad! :D 
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