The latest, greatest Apple iPhone has been released and our sister site TechRepublic just had to crack it open. With the help of their friends over at iFixit, they take a look at what makes the Apple iPhone 3GS tick.
Follow along as iFixit engineers disassemble the iPhone 3GS. (iFixit is a one-stop-shop for the parts, tools, and repair manuals needed to fix iPods, iPhones, Macs, and more. Their goal is to make it easy for anyone to repair their Apple hardware.)
The original iPhone was very difficult to open, but we expect the 3GS (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.
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.
The left photo is from the iPhone 3G, the right photo is from the iPhone 3GS.
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 3GS.