Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Do It Yourself - Step-by-step guide to crack open iPhone 3G

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Apple's iPhone 3G recently arrived with a bevy of new enterprise-ready features, including Exchange support, business-grade security, and third-party applications powered by an SDK. As with the first iPhone, we waited in line, bought the phone, signed an AT&T contract, and promptly began to crack open the case. Come along as we disassemble the Apple iPhone 3G (with the intent to reassemble it).

Inside the iPhone 3G box, you'll find the iPhone 3G, USB docking cable, USB power adapter and cord, earphones (with mic), SIM card extractor, cleaning cloth, and product documentation. The 8GB iPhone 3G is available in black, while the 16GB phones come in black or white.

According to Apple's iPhone 3G technical specifications, the iPhone 3G is 4.5 inches high, 2.4 inches wide, 0.48 inches deep, and weighs 4.7 ounces. Its Multi-Touch display offers 480x320 pixel resolution at 163 ppi. It is almost identical to the original iPhone in size and weight. The iPhone 3G has an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor.

Unlike the original iPhone, the new iPhone 3G came with a small tool for removing the SIM card. No more bending paper clips!!
Yes! Two Phillips 00 screws are accessible from the iPhone 3G's bottom. You must remove these screws before removing the front cover.

This photo shows the Phillips 00 screws that we removed from the bottom of the iPhone 3G. They appear large in this image, but I assure you they are tiny. We actually lost one on the floor for about five minutes.

Lifting up the display, we get our first look inside the iPhone 3G.
Six screws hold the LCD display to the front cover. Two shown in this photo. There are three screws on the other edge of the cover (hidden by black tape) and one screw on the back of the display. With the display and front cover completely removed, we get our first good look at the iPhone 3G's internal components.

In this combo picture, you can see how we can dissect the iPhone into its bare essentials. For more details on how to do this, visit the original post on Cracking Open iPhone 3G.

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1 comment:

Mohammed fahim said...

Awesome!Breno MacMasi, said there would always be ways to circumvent the locks.“ Apple has made some big mistakes.