iPhone

Cracking open the Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone 2-megapixel camera - front

After completely removing the back case panel, I removed the iPhone's 2-megapixel camera from the main PCBs. By gently prying up on the connector with the same thin knife blade I used to remove the antenna cover and back case panel, the camera came free.

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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...

103 comments
akash791
akash791

great thing man, it's surprising that how it is inside the iphone

shibinpaul
shibinpaul

Since this dude has backed out from removing the metal plate that covered the chips go to the link below: http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-13636_11-177821-1.html Here u'll find Ipod Touch cracked open with thye metal plate removed.Ipod Touch and Iphone are said to have the same hardware.I think both were done by the same guy but in ipod touch case I guess it stopped working.

bugino1
bugino1

marvels i hope i can do this

bblackmoor
bblackmoor

The iPhone is for suckers. Any phone that locks you into a 2+ year contract is a bad deal. The extraordinary lengths to which Apple has gone to restrict the buyers ability to use the device they PAID FOR moves the iPhone from a "bad deal" to a plain out "scam". Apple proves yet again they they are despicable company that hates their customers.

mikesg
mikesg

I was wondering, does the I-phone have abilities to connect to your home or work LAN wirelessly? I haven't studied into this, but it'd be great to have such a device as the Iphone where you can connect to your networked computers to share files and such, maybe drag-n-drop type explorer. Also able to browse the net from your DSL connection wirelessly instead of paying no telling what to surf the net cellularly. Just curious if anybody knows if anything like this has been implemented. If not, this would be the next step to a truly wireless phone. Like a tablet PC cell phone ipod

thelegman7
thelegman7

Are those Ipod and other you selling genuine products or counterfeits. I'm interested in ordering some products from you but I don't to be sold counterfeits products. Thanks.

howkate
howkate

Excellent work! This will be used very much by people that want to replace batteries or 3rd party parts :)

gsraosite
gsraosite

Great... I got my Iphone, I was wondering and doing googling to understand my assistant (IPhone) in and out. This article is great.

dolphie
dolphie

Excellent article. KUDOS to the author for the extreme patience and eye towards details. Thank you for persisting to the end. Thank you for writing the article, the informative pictures and the running commentary. I love to see how things work. I take many things apart then put them back together again - just so I see what makes them tick. I must admit I am not and have not been willing to invest in an iPhone. Not even to take it apart and see how it ticks. This resolved a quandry: curiousity vs dislike of cheaply constructed products. Please - keep creating articles like this. Excellent work and excellent attention to detail.

juliananghel
juliananghel

I was expecting o much more slick internal architecture for the inside. It looks only nice from the outside not from inside. The circuit architecture looks fragmented and you could easily recognize the inside of an Ipod probably cloned with some cell phone hardware. Good you open it I will wait for a wile to buy and IPhone.

rcptest
rcptest

Damn I totally enjoyed this piece of article. I was glued to it like watching Transformers. Great job on the documentation, images, and personal side jokes.

Nowhere Man
Nowhere Man

Next The DROP Test...... Dropped form the hip as in the quick draw and answer position. Will the pretty phone survive????? only time will tell......

telwah
telwah

I will not buy it because the issues that u faced

smartkrutarth10
smartkrutarth10

great job man ! thanks for give me this kind of information.u have done it veriwell u r genious.good effort yar its just amezing , it deserv only "great"

never_sleep_alone
never_sleep_alone

so if you can take out the sim card easily then does this mean it will work with any sim card?? P.S. you have balls for disassembling it

Rob Kuhn
Rob Kuhn

Good pictures and excellent write up although I would perhaps suggest that you or your editor(s) try proof reading it. There were at least a half dozen spelling errors. :)

richard
richard

So the user is going to get ripped off when the battery needs replacing! I'd never buy a phone where the battery is not replacable by the user - where I livein Asia phone batteries start from US$3 (GBP 1.50) each - or if you want a branded original battery they are about US$15 (GBP7) each. I wonder how much iPhone owners are going to have to fork out?

rimpac99
rimpac99

What is all the hype about? It is just a good looking phone. I dont see what the fuss is all about. iPhone will be cool to impoverished guys like me only when they retail for $150. I cannot believe people will shell out $500-$600 for a phone - not to mention the 2-year lock-in with AT&T !

touchdown_twc
touchdown_twc

The only thing I was hoping to find out,and the most important is memory!What type is used,HD or memory card?

poojachaudhari
poojachaudhari

good job.. now tell us how to get our own network on

Glenna.Nesmith
Glenna.Nesmith

I'm glad your perfect record is in tack! Thanks for the look under the covers!! I would never have spent that much money on something just to take it appart, even if I have been in IT for 25 yrs and a sr sys admin for the last ten. glenna

rkendsley
rkendsley

I don't think I would have used a metal knife to crack the case. Seems it might cause problems if you had shorted out something, especially a knife which could easily cut wiring inside the case. I have an older Treo 600 that I cracked using plastic tools, to replace the battery. Worked great, tools only cost about $5.00 USD. Although I probably could have just a plastic knife just as well.

tomofumi
tomofumi

it looks like the parts inside are quite delicate, i wonder if it would sustain a drop on floor by careless usage... and it sounds horrible when you reassemble and found it is not working (white screen of death? hehe), and the hard reset response seems strange as well...

fritz35956
fritz35956

Good job, I also find the need to take apart my new toys.

tacbinh
tacbinh

Man - I am envy of all the fun you had doing this... By the way, you just came up of a standard of how technical repair manuals should be written! Fun and informative. Thanks! :-)

yalsaied
yalsaied

I liked it a lot!!! good for you man. I would tried the same thing as well but it is a gamble!! it would be nice to know the electronics in more details like the ICs used .. etc.

simplicity8995
simplicity8995

noooo what kind of cruel person does this to this precious deviceee!!!! :(

treff47
treff47

A lot to be said for a Swiss Army Knife. Looks like you stabbed the bastard, LOL...

angelblues818
angelblues818

good job but can you like take a unlock iphone to like other providers i think t-mobile does it

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

so it can connect to your home or work LAN if you have a Wireless LAN installed.

DFlewellen
DFlewellen

I heard that it will cost an iPhone owner about $80 to have the priviledge of having Apple replace the battery for them. Add that to the lock-in, the subscriptions, and the overall performance hit on network access and you seem to have a real pig-in-a-poke. While the flashy ad looks cool, I happen to be an older person who can not get his fingers to type on the softscreen, and I need good, speedy Internet access. So for me I will wait for the 2.0 version of this puppy.

ScubaBoy
ScubaBoy

Other tear-downs I have read have detailed the storage - the iPhone uses NAND flash manufactured by Samsung and NOR flash manufactured by Intel. One would assume the OS, etc. resides on the NOR flash and the data storage on the NAND flash. No Upgrades For You!!!

clintonspicer
clintonspicer

Hi guys really, whoever rips apart an IPhone because they can has too much money! It was an interesting article but geez, why not give the $600 that you so blatently destroyed to the kid on the corner that has nothing, maybe it will go towards getting him an education and a future, in comparison this article will be forgotten in 3 weeks, wasteful humans.

softy.123
softy.123

Yes it says that it has WiFi capability in all the marketing propaganda. But it doesn't say what that enables one to do. Have YOU connected to anything from it using WiFi? Can you do any of the things asked about in the message you're replying to?

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

Not being able to change the battery to either replace a broken one or just to insert a fully charged backup battery is not a forgivable oversight. Keep your money and wait until you find a phone that you like AND has your best interests in mind from a design perspective. The iPhone has Apple's best interests ( profit, employment for support folk ) in mind. They got away with it when then made the iPod, but you can go about your daily business without an iPod...can you do so without a mobile phone? Especially if it is your only phone?

neoqm
neoqm

Because by writing the article they made more money than they spent. Educating people and selling advertisements is lucrative. Now they can give more money to the poor. Let me tell you from experience, self-righteousness will get you nowhere, and it only pumps you up temporarily to judge someone else. It's highly addictive, and bad for everyone.

Neil
Neil

I suggest you spend $600 on learning to read! If you had actually read the article - It's NOT been destroyed. It's fully working, just like all the other things he has taken apart & re-assembled in the past.

webster_z
webster_z

What kind of a thread or question is this? Of course, the iPhone can connect to a wireless LAN, and you can surf the net over your DSL or cable Internet connection instead of using the cell connection. That's no secret. - Ajoy

kevinlovegrove
kevinlovegrove

Good to see a Kiwi sticking up for an Ozzie mate! Seriously though, I am here for reference purposes. It was useful to me as I have an Iphone to repair (earpiece socket) and now I know exactly what to expect. Not totally wasted in my opinion.

bigjude
bigjude

I think the last two respondents are the self righteous ones not Clinton Spicer. That's the big difference between the US and us folks down under. We see the wastefulness of the consumer society while you continue to live it. Oh how I hope Obama becomes your president. Maybe (just maybe) he'll put you in touch with the rest of the world.

dolphie
dolphie

Thank you, neoqm. Well stated.

obigunz
obigunz

You are right that GREED is such a mucker of things for heaps of people around the world. I know because there are countries in the South Pacific that are living on handouts now because our big brother countries cleaned them up of their natural resources and made heaps while paying them peanuts. Poor guys could have really used some education back then. I am cautious to point at the phone smacking dudes though because I think they are smacking their own dough not a pool that is stacked up for the needy. What I mean is, if I make $1,000 a month then I am required to give $100 for the needy period. Of course I can give more but I cannot be judged for not doing that. If I spend $600 and take it to pieces, that will be my choice. It could be for education, or for a political statement or whatever. Now if we all do the 10% thingy, there will be enough to feed the 30,000 but then there is still the group that administers the distribution to get past. These are bad dudes. So I suggest, don't give your 10% to some org. You just go and feed the hungry kid at your own street corner. I should start doing that too myself.

Hajiroku
Hajiroku

Honestly I don't find that this article was done in the sense of greed and the sake of taking apart an iPhone for the sake of wasting money. People have learned much over the ages by reverse engineering. Also many of us are/were pretty curious of what the insides exactly looked and im glad someone as experienced and reliable as him took apart the iPhone so all of us who are too afriad to try can learn and take a look. I say bravo for such a brave attempt. I would have surely have had a heart attack on the first three steps let alone attempting the whole dang thing. ps. As a side note I do agree helping people is great and I give charity but third world countries and starvation will not stop me from chasing knowledge. How else will I help if I myself do not have an education. You can't teach something if you don't know it.

clintonspicer
clintonspicer

Fair enough I will leave it at that! Thanks for your replies!

Gumguy
Gumguy

I find his careful dissection/reassembly of the iPhone to be quite helpful and informative. I am thinking about getting one once Apple releases it in Canada through Rogers. As far as your observation on YouTube, if people just want to attract attention to themselves and destroy an iPhone, I could care less but I do find it idiotic after their initial investment. Also, lets not turn this into a philosophical issue. Geez. We are all curious by nature.

clintonspicer
clintonspicer

Yes I can read, I also have a reasonable level of education. Anyway that is not the point, yes this was reassembled but have a look at the clips on UTube, there is a guy busting open a IPhone with a hammer and screwdriver, there are other tossers too that blatently distuct these things, why do people do this? What is the point? It just P***** me off that 30,000 kids are dying each day in the "forgotten" world while other people are throwing away resources like that, it's called grred people GREED!