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To obtain one of the first iPhone 4 smartphones for teardown, Kyle of the iFixit team flew to Japan with a tent, planning to camp out in front of the Ginza Apple Store. FedEx ended up delivering early shipments to some users two days in advance, making the trip unnecessary.

The teardown posted by iFixit of an early delivery reveals the new model's A4 application processor with 512MB of RAM, the new Retina Display, dual front and rear cameras, a secondary mic for noise canceling, an oversized new battery, and custom gyroscope which along with the accelerometer provides full six-axis motion control.

The two rear exposed Phillips screws now release the back panel rather than the front glass, a design that "makes replacing the rear panel trivial, but unfortunately means that replacing the front glass will likely be rather challenging," iFixit says.

Inside the back panel, the larger new 3.7V 1420 mAh Li-Polymer battery consumes all available space, while the new 5 megapixel still camera (capable of 720p, 30 fps video capture) anchors one corner and the vibration motor holds down the other.



The logic board packs Apple's A4 application processor, a "new 3-axis gyroscope that we believe is designed and manufactured by STMicro" and not yet commercially available, STMicro's 33DH 3-axis accelerometer, and an Apple-branded Cirrus Logic 338S0589 audio codec that is also used in iPad.



Digging deeper into the stainless steel body, iFixit pulled the top mic used for noise cancelation to quiet ambient sounds, the front facing VGA camera used for FaceTime video chat, and the primary mic used in the mouthpiece.



post #2 of 51
WOW

Have a look at the front facing camera, no wonder FaceTime (whatever) makes you appear as though you swallowed a Helium balloon!

However, the image sensor on the 5.0M is huge, cool
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post #3 of 51
The logic board is impressive.
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post #4 of 51
Hey iFixit you guys are kool!

Gizmodo go fly kite!
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Isn't it beautiful?
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Yes. That's a lot of refine engineering piece of work. Pure art!
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Everything so tiny... I can't even nicely do the cable management when building a PC, let alone laying all that out so elegantly.

They really seem to be pushing the limits of current technology with this revision. Maybe it will be 2 years before there's another big redesign. Therefore maybe next year they can focus on the Mac a little more, while they wait for the portable tech to advance a bit. Maybe release OS X 10.7, or have a GUI redesign, or start using SSDs more widely. It will be quite futile trying to improve iPhone hardware for a while.
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TriQuint and SKYWORKS radio chipset.

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post #9 of 51
Ahh very impressive Grasshopper, now to master the art of Apple origami you must rebuild iPhone.

*Voice off screen giving narration*

Can you rebuild it? We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic phone. iPhone 4 will be that phone. We can make it better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.

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Originally Posted by ascii View Post

Everything so tiny... I can't even nicely do the cable management when building a PC, let alone laying all that out so elegantly.

They really seem to be pushing the limits of current technology with this revision. Maybe it will be 2 years before there's another big redesign. Therefore maybe next year they can focus on the Mac a little more, while they wait for the portable tech to advance a bit. Maybe release OS X 10.7, or have a GUI redesign, or start using SSDs more widely. It will be quite futile trying to improve iPhone hardware for a while.

I hope you're right \

I, on the other hand, am a little more pessimistic, the way things are heading
I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever see a new Mac Pro \\
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Ahh very impressive Grasshopper, now to master the art of Apple origami you must rebuild iPhone.

*Voice off screen giving narration*

Can you rebuild it? We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic phone. iPhone 4 will be that phone. We can make it better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.


You will and MUST learn the way of The Hoff - small (and often drunk) one

EDIT: Dumb Ass, it's Lee Majors!
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post

Ahh very impressive Grasshopper, now to master the art of Apple origami you must rebuild iPhone.

*Voice off screen giving narration*

Can you rebuild it? We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic phone. iPhone 4 will be that phone. We can make it better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.


EDIT: EDIT: Don't make fun of fat drunk people, they may just knock on your front door one day!
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Yeah - we know that!

EDIT: ha ha - beat you to it!

That is why I love you this forum, every obscure pop culture reference I throw out there you guys and gals get. Like instantly.

Color me impressed.
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You will and MUST learn the way of The Hoff - small (and often drunk) one

EDIT: Dumb Ass, it's Lee Majors!

How did you know my current condition?
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EDIT: EDIT: Don't make fun of fat drunk people, they may just knock on your front door one day!

Funny story. I lived in a old-but nice neighborhood where the homes where very close together and looked very similar.

At least once every year or two I would have a drunk show up (around 2:30 A.M.) wondering why his key didn't work and what was I doing in his house. They would argue up and down how I was in their house even though the furniture in the front room didn't match. Threatening to call the law would usually sober them up enough to walk away and reconsider.

Made me a hero with the wife chasing away those "bad" people.
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post #17 of 51
That is some incredible engineering, almost akin to the innards of a fine watch in some ways being that everything seems miniaturized and placed with such a high degree of precision.
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SO this is what a LEGAL teardown looks like.
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... The two rear exposed Phillips screws now release the back panel rather than the front glass, a design that "makes replacing the rear panel trivial, but unfortunately means that replacing the front glass will likely be rather challenging," iFixit says. ...

So, I find it interesting that these clowns made no note of this particular design feature.
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Every time iFixit does one of these tear downs I'm reminded of that Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme...
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They really seem to be pushing the limits of current technology with this revision. Maybe it will be 2 years before there's another big redesign. Therefore maybe next year they can focus on the Mac a little more, while they wait for the portable tech to advance a bit. Maybe release OS X 10.7, or have a GUI redesign, or start using SSDs more widely. It will be quite futile trying to improve iPhone hardware for a while.

I'm pretty sure the people that work on the iPhone are not the same people that work on desktop computers, or software.
post #22 of 51
State of the art in commercial product design. Just amazing.
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That's some logic board. NOW is anyone gonna ask why they didn't jump to 64GB of storage? Where would they have put it?
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State of the art in commercial product design. Just amazing.

+1

Also, glad someone decided to get a manicure before shooting these pictures.....for a change.
post #25 of 51
Impressive. I love iFixit teardowns. And it's always great to look at how much Apple (or any other company) can pack in there.
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wow ! this is art .

Apple is pushing the limits of technology and its still so elegant .
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+1

Also, glad someone decided to get a manicure before shooting these pictures.....for a change.

hairy hand models make your day?




great looking phone with features I want. now I need to get the wife on board so she won't flip when i buy the reserved item tomorrow.
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TriQuint and SKYWORKS radio chipset.

Where did you see a TriQuint reference?

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Where did you see a TriQuint reference?

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On the logic board you can see a TriQuint chip and model number.
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp View Post

Funny story. I lived in a old-but nice neighborhood where the homes where very close together and looked very similar.

At least once every year or two I would have a drunk show up (around 2:30 A.M.) wondering why his key didn't work and what was I doing in his house. They would argue up and down how I was in their house even though the furniture in the front room didn't match. Threatening to call the law would usually sober them up enough to walk away and reconsider.

Made me a hero with the wife chasing away those "bad" people.

Letting drunk strangers into your house at 2:30 in the morning made you a hero with your wife?!
post #31 of 51
So where are the mystery bits Apple asked the FCC not to reveal???
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what frequencies does it support, maybe find out if tmobile has a chance.

so can we tell why SJ told FCC to withhold info on this iPhone??? or just marketing hype.
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post #33 of 51
Any Marvell chips in there?

Oh, found the Chipworks piece - nope, no Marvell.
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On the logic board you can see a TriQuint chip and model number.

Ahh...

But, actually there are 2 TriQuint chips-- the one on the far left has a blurred label.

Sorry, big image needed here:



Now, if you google Triquint CDMA, you get:

http://www.triquint.com/prodserv/mar...-cdma-evdo.cfm

Which shows a list of parts for CDMA support.

Maybe, it's in there???

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post #35 of 51
What is missing in this short Appleinsider report is that iPhone includes new version of Apple A4 mobile processor module.

The new A4 part number is 339S0108, the module has 512MB on-board RAM.
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what frequencies does it support, maybe find out if tmobile has a chance.

The 5th UMTS band, not listed on their Tech Specs page is Band VI which is primary used by NTT docomo in Japan, their largest carrier. This makes more sense than T-Mobile USA on several levels.
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Ahh...

But, actually there are 2 TriQuint chips-- the one on the far left has a blurred label.

Sorry, big image needed here:

image: http://s1.guide-images.ifixit.net/ig...S4POsCRRe.huge

Now, if you google Triquint CDMA, you get:

http://www.triquint.com/prodserv/mar...-cdma-evdo.cfm

Which shows a list of parts for CDMA support.

Maybe, it's in there???

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I'm sure someone can do so PS magic to figure out that number but that is beyond my ken. Though I'm sure it's not a CDMA. There just aren't enough chips to support two completely disparate network types in that device.

Note: If you look at iFixit's diagram of the 3GS logic board you see a different TriQuint chip for each of the UMTS bands. (site down or I'd link to the image)

PS: Wow there with the huge image. Forum etiquette please.
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post #37 of 51
Picture at top look familar from a certain video?

http://www.corning.com/gorillaglass/...ngthening.aspx
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To obtain one of the first iPhone 4 smartphones for teardown, Kyle of the iFixit team flew to Japan with a tent, planning to camp out in front of the Ginza Apple Store. FedEx ended up delivering early shipments to some users two days in advance, making the trip unnecessary.

Apple iPhone 4 owners (who got their unit delivered earlier than expected) to iFixit: "Nyah.. nyah.. nyaah..!"
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hairy hand models make your day?

great looking phone with features I want. now I need to get the wife on board so she won't flip when i buy the reserved item tomorrow.

That's a spot on image you've posted there..
It's important to use a good lookin hand model, ugly (yes, that includes hairy hands) hand model makes the unit look bad.. Well, in the case for Apple iPhone there, it looks just a little bit bad.. LOL
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Originally Posted by Jetz View Post

Impressive. I love iFixit teardowns. And it's always great to look at how much Apple (or any other company) can pack in there.

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wow ! this is art .

Apple is pushing the limits of technology and its still so elegant .

Indeed, it is amazingly so compact..!
To all of other mobile manufacturers out there (yes, that includes you Google): "Dear lazy mobile manufacturers, this is how you should've made smartphone. We want slim and compact phone, please stop making fat and ugly looking phones you lazy dorks.."
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