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iPhone 4S gets taken completely apart and analysed

Popular on-line DIY technology repair website iFixit has taken apart the new Apple iPhone to highlight exactly what the iPhone 4S is made of, along with discovering how easy it is to be repaired as a result of their dismantling.

iFixit is well known for offering troubleshooting guides, with the ability to diagnose what's wrong with a faulty device, supplying repair manuals and fix it yourself step-by-step guides. This is along with all the parts and tools, plus how to get all the repair parts and upgrades needed.

The website has given the iPhone 4S a repair score of 6 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair – where very little has changed from the iPhone 4 in terms of being able to be repaired, with the same score being awarded as the iPhone 4.

Apple’s iPhone 4S is still held together primarily with screws and limited adhesive, with the rear panel and battery both being easy to remove and replace. The LCD and glass has been carried over from the previous generation but are now fused together, making cracked glass repair more costly. There is also a lot of smaller components soldered into one ribbon cable, increasing the cost of repairing just one component.

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.