If you’re looking to dismantle your iPhone 3G but you’d rather have some pieces slightly larger than dust left over at the end of the process, than iFixit should be your first port of call. The famed strippers – by which I mean they strip down gadgets to their constituent parts – have already taken out their screwdrivers and splayed out the second-gen iPhone’s guts for all to see.
There’s some good news in there too. For a start, Apple have learnt from making the iPod Touch and refrained from bonding the glass and the LCD together. In the original iPhone those two pieces were fixed, making repairs expensive. The display itself now connects directly to the main board, rather than having numerous other components attached to it.
Further inside, and it turns out that the iPhone 3G’s battery isn’t actually soldered in place. That’s not quite as useful as a user-replaceable battery, but it does mean that if you’re reluctant to send your cellphone off to Apple and pay them $86 to swap it out, you’ll not need a soldering iron to do it yourself. If you’re interested in the specific chips used, iFixit are listing them as and when details emerge.