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.