iPhone Dissected: They did it, so you don’t have to

iPhone Dissected

From anandtech:

We have only had the phone for a few hours but we needed to get inside its casing, what follows is our dissection of the Apple iPhone. Please note that we’re doing this so you are not tempted to on your recent $500/$600 expenditure, while it is quite possible to take apart using easy to find tools we’d recommend against it as it will undoubtedly void your warranty and will most likely mar up the beautiful gadget’s exterior. Do whatever you wish to your iPhone, but do so at your own risk :)

It’s no accident that the battery is not replaceable (EDIT: by the consumer. Owners must send the iPhone to be Refurbished if they need a new battery!). It’s called planned obsolescence. Next years iPhone II will (EDIT: may) have the replaceable battery, and there will likely be a music model that has a slot for memory (iPhone-neo?) but of course the music model won’t have a replaceable battery until the next model of that version. And so on … and so on.

Update: IPhone Cracked … Oh dear!

iPhone – telephony Armageddon

Put all the above together – the root account enabled (and now wide open) together with Cocoa web apps running as root that also are demonstrably crash prone and therefore exploitable – and you have the makings of a telephony Armageddon.

Heh … “telephony Armageddon” … that’s hilarious!

UPDATE: Another iPhone crack by nanocr.eu

iPhone Independence Day

I’ve found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone without giving any of your money or personal information to AT&T. The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and WiFi work. Stay tuned!

Update: To the apple fanboy who emailed me telling me that the iPhone crack was “No big deal, and no one will ever ever be able to successfully exploit it” I have this:

First Third-party Native iPhone Application Available Now

And this:

iPhone NES Emulator Third Party App

This too:

DOOM is on the iPhone! (almost)

iPhone users sure are awfully sensitive to anything they deem critical of their toy.

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5 responses to “iPhone Dissected: They did it, so you don’t have to

  1. Thanks for the tip on the tear-down.

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  2. WHAT!!! BATTERY NOT REPLACEABLE! WTF they sell other batteries b/c if a year or two go by the battery on this revolutionary device kinda dies. batters are about 80$ to buy….. but they also said that ipod batteries are not replaceable… but they are

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  3. You can get the iPhone battery replaced, by mailing the whole unit to Apple where they “Refurbish” the phone. It costs about 100 bucks or so BUT you are phoneless (unless you rent a temporary phone) for the interim.

    Why the battery is actually soldered to the phone is the question.

    I expect the “No User Serviceable Parts Inside” phenomenon to catch on big time in computer electronics just like “planned obsolescence” has with home electronics, especially as the DRM lock down progresses in the digital mainstream.

    It just makes sense to force the consumer to keep buying the same product over and over, because lowers R&D costs (manufacturers don’t have to improve products much), and insures a long term revenue stream. Consumers won’t be looking for better products because they regularly need to replace their “worn out” products.

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  4. Alright I get the point. I edited my post to clarify my point.

    Sheesh!

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