The latest, greatest Apple iPhone has been released we just have to crack it open. With the help of our friends over at iFixit, we take a look at what makes the Apple iPhone 3G S tick.
iFixit is a one-stop-shop for the parts, tools, and repair manuals needed to fix iPods, iPhones, Macs, and more. They make it easy for anyone to repair their Apple hardware. Follow along as iFixit engineers disassemble the iPhone 3G S.
Images by iFixit, used by permission
We won't bore you with a lengthly unboxing, since there's nothing new to see here.
The original iPhone was very difficult to open, but we expect the 3G S (like the 3G) to be quite serviceable. There are still two visible screws on the bottom of the phone, which is a good sign for easy opening. Remove the two bottom screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
A small suction cup is your friend. A large suction cup may also be a fun toy. There are seven numbered connectors on the 3G S, up from six on the 3G. Connector number seven is in the lower right corner, just above the dock connector.
We're looking forward to the improved 3 megapixel camera on the 3G S. According to our good friend Richard Lai, "Camera quality is much improved from the 3G one, close up shots were possible down to about 5cm, brightness adjusts well when picking focus area." We've seen some pretty impressive shots already.
Fortunately, as in both the original and 3G iPhones, the camera's a separate component, so removal is possible if necessary for security purposes.
In each image, the left photo is from the iPhone 3G, the right photo is from the iPhone 3G S.
The 3G S offers Voice Control. We're not sure yet why this feature couldn't be added via software to earlier iPhones. Perhaps the voice recognition requires a better microphone than in earlier iPhones or a lot of processing power, or maybe Apple just wanted to differentiate the 3G S.
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By Mark Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.