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iPhone 4 Gets Torn Down By iFixit

Apple specialist tinkerers iFixit have taken apart the Apple iPhone 4 in the latest of their regular teardown process and have exposed the innards of the hottest smartphone in town.

The procedure (opens in new tab), which was carried out live on Twitter, confirmed most of the things we knew before about the iPhone 4. Breaking the glass means that the glass, digitizer and LCD will have to be replaced altogether because they have been fused as one component.

Like the Dell Streak, the iPhone 4 uses the same Corning Gorilla Glass which is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than normal plastic which means that you should be able to torture it handily without any traces.

This means that repair costs are likely to go up which could translate into a surge in iPhone insurance claims and applications. The battery on the other hand is easy to remove and takes around two thirds of the phone's internal volume.

The phone has an ARM Cortex A8 SoC, the A4, comes with 512MB RAM, comes with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and a 5-megapixel camera at the back with a flash.

The big winners, iFixit concludes, are Broadcom, TI, Samsung, Cirrus Logic (remember them?) & Micron. We shall now wait for the breakdown of the components from iSuppli.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.