Cracking open the Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone battery and two main PCBs - back

After removing the several small screws which secure it in place and disconnecting the two antenna wires, I gently removed the battery and main PCBs as one unit. The iPhone's battery is soldered to the main PCBs and I decided against removing the solder. I wanted the unit to work when I put it back together.

If you need to replace the battery on an out-of-warranty phone, be prepared to send the unit back to Apple and pay $85.95. According to Apple's Web site, the process takes three business days and you will lose all data on the phone.

Because of the time involved in actually replacing these batteries, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple just sent each customer a refurbished phone instead of replacing the battery.

About Bill Detwiler

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...

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