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How TechRepublic cracked open the iPhone 3G

Jason Hiner and Bill Detwiler recount their experiences battling long lines and Apple's iTunes meltdown to obtain an iPhone 3G for disassembly. Bill explains how Mark Kaelin and he cracked open the iPhone and Jason gives a preview of upcoming articles on the iPhone 3G's business and productivity applications.

Following up on our Cracking Open gallery of the first iPhone, TechRepublic editors joined Apple's launch-day madness to secure an iPhone 3G for disassembly. In this video, Jason Hiner and I recount our experiences battling long lines, Apple's iTunes meltdown, and limited supplies at AT&T stores.

I explain how Mark Kaelin and I cracked open the iPhone 3G, what we discovered inside, and how the iPhone 3G differs from the original Apple iPhone. Jason gives a preview of several upcoming articles that will examine the latest business and productivity applications for the iPhone 3G. In closing, I even explain my "conspiracy theory" that Apple tricked original iPhone customers into beta testing the iPhone 3G.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

3 comments
Bob Harris UK
Bob Harris UK

This entire video of almost 13 minutes can be summed-up by ?Just undo the two screws on the top of the iPhone, lift the cover, remove a ribbon connector, and it?s open?

Bob Harris UK
Bob Harris UK

If you enjoy listening to other peoples shopping experiences, then this is good for you. The first six minutes tell of queuing, and waiting in line. This is a great example of internet video at its worst.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

It's true that the first part of this video describes our experiences getting an iPhone 3G. I clearly point this out in the video's description and my blog post. If you weren't interested in this discussion, you could easily have skipped ahead to my description of our cracking open process. A detailed breakdown of the cracking open process is also available in the cracking open gallery--linked to from my blog post.