The Apple iPhone 3G S has been torn apart to identify what was inside. Impressions on the phone.
The big thing happening right now is the release of the iPhone 3G S.
Or I should say, the biggest thing happening, which isn't
saying too much. I've read some reports of long lines and
outsold stores from a few locations, but on Friday morning in Ottawa...
not so much. A collegue went to the "flagship" Rogers store
at 5:30AM just in case. That store was scheduled to open at
10AM, so I was to go to a smaller store as that store opened at 9AM and
we figured the line up would be smaller as it was out of the way.
We didn't need to worry. At 5:30AM there was one
person in line. They decided to open the store a little after
8, at which point there was only 3 people in line, including my
colleague. At the store I was at there was no one, and on the
drive back to the office I passed a few more stores without anyone
waiting in front.
We were not the first people to get a teardown done, but we were able to
get into more detail than some of the initial teardowns, thanks to some
decapping and collaboration with Semiconductor
Insights and Portelligent. We were
also able to get a few parts correctly identified, as many places were
labelling the Nymonyx NOR flash as being from Infineon. Our
full findings can be seen here (including a humerous, yet
educational, video of the teardown).
I only got a few minutes to play with the iPhone 3G S before we had to
take it apart. It seemed decent, but nothing revolutionary
over the iPhone 3G. A few nice features, and maybe the faster
processor could be useful (didn't have enough time to really do solid
comparisons), but nothing that made me decide I needed to go out and
get one. Anyone out there pick one up and have impressions on