Tearing down the iPhone 4S (photos)

Tearing down the iPhone 4S (photos)

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the Apple iPhone 4S and finds a design nearly identical to that of the iPhone 4, but also significant hardware updates.

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  • On October 12, 2011, Apple released the iPhone 4S. Although its exterior is nearly identical to the iPhone 4 (released in June 2010), the iPhone 4S pack a lot of new hardware.

    We've published teardown galleries of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3G S, iPhone 3G, and original iPhone. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the 2011 model. Follow along as I crack open the Apple iPhone 4S.

    For a more in-depth review of the iPhone 4S' internal hardware, check out my article, "Apple iPhone 4S Teardown: Old design, new hardware."

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

  • The iPhone 4S is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models. It comes in black or white.

    In the U.S., the iPhone 4S is available from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. When purchased with a two-year contract, the 16GB model costs $199, the 32GB model costs $299, and the 64GB model costs $399.

    I bought AT&T's version of the white, 16GB iPhone 4S (sans contract) from a local Best Buy Mobile location for $699.99 (plus tax).

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

     

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • So, Bill...

    Were you able to put the phone back together?

    Or did you wind up throwing it out and wasting all that money?
    ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Tearing down the iPhone 4S (photos)

      @ScorpioBlue maybe he found out if it could blend... that's not a waste.
      hawks5999
    • RE: Tearing down the iPhone 4S (photos)

      @ScorpioBlue that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.
      lukaslikeswindows
      • RE: Tearing down the iPhone 4S (photos)

        @lukaslikeswindows <br>No, reading your response is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

        Now you be good little boy and go play with one of your sock puppets, k?

        lol...
        ScorpioBlue
  • RE: Tearing down the iPhone 4S (photos)

    Does that comment about the display not wanting to come off imply broken screens are gonna be more expensive to fix?
    Jim from Indy
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