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iPhone 4S Teardown Reveals New Qualcomm Chip

As per previous Apple launches, teardown specialists iFixit have produced a short but informative teardown of the iPhone 4S one day before it is expected to go on sale in the US and the UK.

The guide (opens in new tab) is currently in the process of being written with reloads being made regularly over the next few days to account for any recent changes.

The iPhone 4S still comes with Pentalobe screws, which could mean that Apple is no longer worried about whether DIYers tinker with their phones or open them up.

The procedure for opening the iPhone 4S is described by iFixit as being familiar and further analysis has revealed that the battery used in the iPhone 4S is only a smidgen more powerful than the previous one.

There's also a Qualcomm RTR8605 Multi-band/mode RF Transceiver, a Skyworks 77464-20 chip, another Avago ACPM-7181 Power Amplifier, a TriQuint TQM9M9030 Multi-Mode Quad-Band Power Amplifier Modul plus a TriQuint TQM66052 module.

The analysis also confirmed that the phone had 512MB RAM plus a new chip, a Qualcomm MDM6610 chipset, an Apple 338S0973 Power Management IC and a Toshiba THGVX1G7D2GLA08 16 GB 24 nm MLC NAND flash memory.

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.