iPhone

Cracking Open the Apple iPhone 3G S

Digitizer

On the iPhone 3G, we see a lot more cracked digitizers than cracked LCDs. Replacing the digitizer is a little more work, and requires breaking out a heat gun or hair dryer.

Images by iFixit, used by permission

About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

12 comments
fe2hi
fe2hi

ANY VB TUTORIALS

mwmentor
mwmentor

As a daily MS user, I have to say that the iPhone affords welcome relief. Easy to use, filled with great off-the-shelf apps with plenty more available in the app store, iPhone gets a decided thumbs-up for me. Maybe not designed for rocket-scientists who like to tear their hair out - check old Einstein as a quaint example - but for the day-to-day business who just wants to do that - business - the iPhone is a one-stop-shop, no question. Disclaimer: Of course, it goes without saying that all of the above is my opinion, and no, I am not employed by Apple or one of their affiliates or stores.

jfreedle2
jfreedle2

That first picture is the best picture of the iPhone to date!

asaverio
asaverio

Oh my God. Apple is specialized in nothing. IPhone has no innovation. Apple is the number one company in marketing at the present moment and just that people that loves the guttural sounds emitted by Steve Jobs is able to see innovations in a so common device. Please see this video at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw2nkoGLhrE Like i-Vaccum, i-Lamp,... i-Rack, i-Phone has nothing that other companies have not done better.

rsprague
rsprague

Thanks FixIt for showing us how the iPhone 3G S is put together (and taken apart!) I'm impressed with this latest revision of the iPhone and how well designed each module is for connectivity with all the others. Why is it that Apple always smokes companies 10X their size with innovations like this?

fluttervertigo
fluttervertigo

There are times where experience in particular arenas is important. i.e., "This is how we've always done it" - "why invent the wheel?" There are times to say, "what do we want to accomplish and what's the best, simple ("Make things simple, not simpler." -Erasmus) way can we make it?

caelwyn001
caelwyn001

Well I am old enough to recall when apple was close to bankruptcy, certainly unable to compete with the other companies out there..then they learnt to become an industry leader in marketing. So lets not knock that but also lets not run away with the idea that apple is an industry leader in other things. The products are solid, usually good 'I' candy (sorry about that pun)and they work okay. regards

lfreund
lfreund

Apple once again has proven that they are much more a marketing company than a consumer-focused company, or maybe it's their relationship to AT&T. Sure, the 3GS is a great little device, but the rollout plan completely disses current owners in a total tribute to capitalistic greed.

lou.ortega5
lou.ortega5

As an IT Director that works mostly with PCs, I can tell you that the only "hype" is the one spewed by Mac-haters that substantiate their claims with humor and one isolated disparaging article here or there. Talk to iPhone owners. They LOVE their device (me included). Talk to Blackberry owners. They uhh....not so much. That's not to say Blackberrys won't catch up though and, who knows, perhaps the fact that most of them get their work-email there may not help. The google phone was a joke. Every time I deal with Mac-related stuff I feel like they really think and do their field research before they build stuff. I'm an MCSE but I gotta give'em their props. And happy to say my 3Gs is in the mail.

fluttervertigo
fluttervertigo

I've been doing this (hardcore tech) since high school in the late 70s. I have a cell phone which has voice (obviously), text (wife only), "who called?", a directory, and a camera/video. No games, nothing fancy. The missus wanted an iPhone 3Gs and she got one. I don't need a Star Trek tricorder. For those who want them, that's great. And I'm happy for them.