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DISASSEMBLED: The iPhone 3G S

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 23 comments

Over the last two weeks, the world wide web has been buzzing about Apple’s latest iteration of its iPhone, the iPhone 3G S.

Set to launch on June 19, we Europeans have time difference on our side when it comes to launches and our good friends at Rapid Repair decided to hit up an Orange France boutique that was scheduled to open at midnight. Once they’d secured the phone, they promptly tore the thing asunder to see what exactly Apple had put in there. Don’t worry, we’re sure the phone is fine. Being the CEO of an iPod repair company (not to mention supplying parts for PlayStations, Xboxes and Nintendos), the man at the helm of the operation, Aaron Vronko, is probably pretty handy with a screwdriver.

The aim of the game is to find out what’s different about the iPhone 3G S. Those of you who have been following news on the device know that most of the changes are on the insides and the outside looks pretty much exactly the same. We'll be talking to Aaron on Monday to find out what he found and how it differed to the iPhone 3G.

Until then, check out the pictures below and let us know if you'd be tempted to try this at home!

This isn't the entire gallery but if you want to see more, as well as read the step by step guide, head over to Rapid Repair and check out their iPhone 3G S Repair Guide.

All images are courtesy of Rapid Repair.

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    tenor77 , June 19, 2009 2:23 PM
    SillueteIn my country a iPhone(old one not the new) cost almost US$1100(plan included) so most people buy just to show off, good thing the carrier pretty good. Oh well i guess i must happy with my Nokia 5800 eh?


    Proof stupidity isn't just an American trait.
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    coolkev99 , June 19, 2009 12:07 PM
    My phone bill is $32/month. I plan on keeping it that way.
  • 11 Hide
    midnightgun , June 19, 2009 8:41 AM
    I'd get one in Canada, if I didn't have to pay a hundred dollar phone bill a month for the privilege of using it.
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    Marcus Yam , June 19, 2009 6:19 AM
    Anyone in the U.S. or Canada planning on lining up in the morning for this? I actually might. It's time to upgrade the old 2G EDGE iPhone. :D 
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    Anonymous , June 19, 2009 7:13 AM
    I cant even afford to pay attention, let alone pay for this new confangled 3G S whachamacallit.
  • 0 Hide
    randomizer , June 19, 2009 7:56 AM
    I'd get one of these if they were half the price.
  • 11 Hide
    midnightgun , June 19, 2009 8:41 AM
    I'd get one in Canada, if I didn't have to pay a hundred dollar phone bill a month for the privilege of using it.
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    baracubra , June 19, 2009 9:47 AM
    dunno, the gains compared to the iphone 3G don't warrant an upgrade for me yet. If it looked drasticaly different (but still good) I'd proly get it just for sake of showing off :p 
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    coolkev99 , June 19, 2009 12:07 PM
    My phone bill is $32/month. I plan on keeping it that way.
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    Tedders , June 19, 2009 12:11 PM
    Mine will be here today at 3pm. It will be a great upgrade from my 2g iPhone.
  • 0 Hide
    invisik , June 19, 2009 12:18 PM
    From 2g to 3g(s) maybe, from 3g to 3g(s) i think not.
    Just my opinion. =]
  • 0 Hide
    tenor77 , June 19, 2009 12:40 PM
    Disassmbled...dead!
    Name the movie for a one up
  • 8 Hide
    dithwheelon , June 19, 2009 12:56 PM
    tenor77Disassmbled...dead!Name the movie for a one up


    Short Circuit
  • 4 Hide
    Tedders , June 19, 2009 12:58 PM
    dithwheelonShort Circuit

    HA! Awesome! Totally forgot about that movie! I'll give it a one up too ;) 
  • 6 Hide
    Silluete , June 19, 2009 2:13 PM
    In my country a iPhone(old one not the new) cost almost US$1100(plan included) so most people buy just to show off, good thing the carrier pretty good. Oh well i guess i must happy with my Nokia 5800 eh?
  • 11 Hide
    tenor77 , June 19, 2009 2:23 PM
    SillueteIn my country a iPhone(old one not the new) cost almost US$1100(plan included) so most people buy just to show off, good thing the carrier pretty good. Oh well i guess i must happy with my Nokia 5800 eh?


    Proof stupidity isn't just an American trait.
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    gwolfman , June 19, 2009 2:24 PM
    SillueteIn my country a iPhone(old one not the new) cost almost US$1100(plan included) so most people buy just to show off, good thing the carrier pretty good. Oh well i guess i must happy with my Nokia 5800 eh?

    What country is this?
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    Kill@dor , June 19, 2009 2:42 PM
    Very useful information for iPhone users i think. Thanks a lot. I'll definetely keep my $40 phone bill until something (hopefully) better comes out next year with a good plan/rates. I'm tired of being stiffed by Sprint/AT&T.
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    war2k9 , June 19, 2009 3:33 PM
    I will wait until at&t network can support all the features on the iphone 3gs first.
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    tipoo , June 19, 2009 3:47 PM
    I want to see a comparison of the Cortex A8 + SGX graphics core, vs Nvidia's Tegra and Qualcomm's snapdragon...


    Please, TH?!
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    -unknown- , June 19, 2009 4:07 PM
    gwolfmanWhat country is this?

    Most likely anything in the 3rd world.

    I went to Argentina a couple of months ago and they were asking for $500 dollars (once converted) for a PS2....that's a 2, not a 3. I told my cousins that I can get it for them for $100 in Canada and they couldn't believe it.

    Keep in mind, these people don't make the same money we do, they make less so its even more expensive when you consider everything.
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    igot1forya , June 19, 2009 5:39 PM
    "No Disassemble! Johnny 5 is alive!"
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    onsiteone , June 20, 2009 1:10 AM
    Thought the photos are nice - it doesn't tell us too much since it looks like the regular iphone. Guess i'll be waiting until monday for the actual juicy info.
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