5. iPhone 3GS Disassembly and Reassembly

In many respects, using the iPhone 3GS as your first disassembly project is a great idea. The phone does not have as much “stuff” inside of it, for one. Another nice advantage is neither the battery nor any other internal components are soldered to the logic board (disassembling the iPod touch is an utter nightmare in this regard).

Finally, and I have no idea why Apple stopped doing this, the primary connectors inside the case are actually labeled, which assists in disassembly. Oh yeah—THAT’S why they stopped the practice.

Actually, I almost forgot what a blissful convenience it is that the display assembly for the 3GS pops off during the first couple steps of the disassembly. As you’ll soon learn that ...

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