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Introduction

We disassembled this iPhone on June 29, 2007.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPhone 1st Generation, use our service manual.

We've procured our iPhone, and it's on the way to our photo studio now.
  • We've procured our iPhone, and it's on the way to our photo studio now.

  • We purchased two 8 GB iPhones.

  • The phone has arrived!

  • Who wants to take bets on how long it'll take us to start selling iPhone parts?

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OK, so here's a quick overview of the basics.
  • OK, so here's a quick overview of the basics.

    • The iPhone is 4.5x2.4x0.5", and weighs 4.8 ounces (0.3 pounds). For reference, 18 iPhones weigh the same as one MacBook Pro.

    • The display is 3.5" diagonal, 480x320 resolution. That's 153,600 pixels, or 12% as many as a 15" MacBook Pro.

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If you can't tell, we're stalling while we figure out how to get it open.
  • If you can't tell, we're stalling while we figure out how to get it open.

  • The iPhone supports four major different wireless protocols.

  • The List: Quad-band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 802.11b/g WiFi, EDGE, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.

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Random facts:
  • Random facts:

    • The iPhone has H.264 video decoding, most likely in hardware.

    • It also has a two-megapixel camera.

    • Last March Micron told setteB.IT in an exclusive interview that the camera is an MT9D112D00STC model (code name K15A or MI-SOC2020).

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Front of the iPhone. The battery was partially charged when we got it.
  • Front of the iPhone. The battery was partially charged when we got it.

  • The large touch screen is manufactured by Balda, a German company. Hopefully, this screen will be more durable and scratch-resistant than those we've seen on iPods.

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iPhone's back.
  • iPhone's back.

  • The SIM card is removable. Push a paperclip into the hole on top, and the card will come out (you may have to apply more force than you'd expect).

  • You cannot use a SIM card from another provider without unlocking the phone first. Currently, there is no way to use the iPhone on a non-AT&T network. The only way to use it internationally is roaming with a US plan.

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We've got the iPhone apart. It was a little bit tricky.
  • We've got the iPhone apart. It was a little bit tricky.

  • We removed the black antenna plate first.

  • You can see the grounding screw on the back panel holding the antenna cable and connecting the front and back case.

How take out the black antenna plate ? Which tool I can Use ?

vernon - Reply

Yes, please. How did you get the iPhone apart? Saying it was tricky isn't helpful.

nosliws - Reply

Quote from nosliws:

Yes, please. How did you get the iPhone apart? Saying it was tricky isn't helpful.

Take a look at our iPhone 1st Generation guides to see how to take the iPhone apart. The case guide tells you how to remove the rear panel of the iPhone.

Miroslav Djuric - Reply

Separating the front and back case.
  • Separating the front and back case.

  • There's a headphone jack cable to disconnect before you can completely remove the back panel.

  • The headphone jack is recessed into the case, so most headphone jacks won't fit without an adapter (even if they're the right 1/8" plug).

    • Apple did this to reduce the strain on the narrow metal jack when you yank on the headphones. With this design, the hard plastic cable jacket absorbs most of the impact.

    • The headphones have a microphone built in, with a button that you pinch to answer a phone call.

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At last! The moment you've all been waiting for.
  • At last! The moment you've all been waiting for.

  • The battery is huge, and soldered to the logic board.

  • You can see the SIM card bracket and headphone jack on the rear panel.

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It is a 3.7 volt Li-Ion Polymer battery.
  • It is a 3.7 volt Li-Ion Polymer battery.

  • You can see at least two antenna cables connecting to the logic board.

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Disconnecting the two antenna cables.
  • Disconnecting the two antenna cables.

  • There's a dab of glue underneath both of the antenna connectors, presumably for reliability.

  • One has to imagine that Apple was extra-paranoid about reliability on this phone. They've certainly learned their lessons from the iPod.

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Removing three Phillips #00 screws securing the logic board to the front panel. The screws are:
  • Removing three Phillips #00 screws securing the logic board to the front panel. The screws are:

    • Where the screwdriver is.

    • Underneath the black camera in the upper right hand corner.

    • To the left of the battery wires that are soldered to the logic board.

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Removing the camera on the top of the phone.
  • Removing the camera on the top of the phone.

  • Sadly, there aren't any software settings—it's just point and click.

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Removing ten Phillips #00 screws around the perimeter of the iPhone.
  • Removing ten Phillips #00 screws around the perimeter of the iPhone.

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The battery has Apple model number 616-0290 L1S1376APPC.
  • The battery has Apple model number 616-0290 L1S1376APPC.

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Lifting up the logic board. There are three connectors underneath. They are speaker, touch sensor, and display cables.
  • Lifting up the logic board. There are three connectors underneath. They are speaker, touch sensor, and display cables.

  • Disconnect the two connectors on the left side of the image.

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Disconnect the remaining connector.
  • Disconnect the remaining connector.

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Flip up the retaining bar to free the dock connector cable.
  • Flip up the retaining bar to free the dock connector cable.

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Close-up shot of the logic board. The logic board is two layers thick, so it's difficult to see components.
  • Close-up shot of the logic board. The logic board is two layers thick, so it's difficult to see components.

  • We haven't found a way to pry the two sections apart without damaging the logic board, so it's virtually impossible to tell you what's in there.

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View of the iPhone with the logic board and battery removed.
  • View of the iPhone with the logic board and battery removed.

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Disconnect the antenna cable to the left of the dock connector.
  • Disconnect the antenna cable to the left of the dock connector.

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Peel up the antenna ribbon sheet from the large black plastic piece.
  • Peel up the antenna ribbon sheet from the large black plastic piece.

  • You can now see why the iPhone has the black lower section of the back case. The antenna encompasses this entire region.

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Remove the hollow black plastic piece that was covered by the antenna.
  • Remove the hollow black plastic piece that was covered by the antenna.

  • There is some empty space within it — the only open internal space.

  • There's a chip in the upper right that may be a touch screen control processor. Model numbers: S6087P1, GN03325, 2076A00R, and 1YFZASB3

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The iPhone is completely apart!
  • The iPhone is completely apart!

  • The phone had about 16 screws total, unlike many iPods. The iPod Nano only has three screws.

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After further examination, we found a way to open the logic board without completely destroying it.
  • After further examination, we found a way to open the logic board without completely destroying it.

  • Samsung chip underneath the metal shield on the left side of the board on the left. Ours reads K9MCGD8U5M. The 4 GB model that Think Secret took apart had K9HBG08U1M on it, which is a 4 GB chip

  • Samsung memory stacked with a 620 MHz ARM architecture processor, ARM1176JZF. Could be a Samsung S3C6400. Numbers: 339S0030ARM, 8900B 0719, NOD4BZ02, K4X1G153PC-XGC3, ECC457Q3 716. The processor is likely stacked on the SDRAM, which could be two 512 Megabit chips. The processor could have H.264 and MP3 hardware decoding built in.

  • The chip above the ARM is a Wolfson audio chip. Part numbers WM8758BG and 73AFMN5.

  • The chip underneath the ARM is a Linear Technology 4066 USB Power Li-Ion Battery Charger, which Apple uses in the iPods as well.

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The chip on the bottom center that looks blank in our image actually has this text: MARVELL, W8686B13, 702AUUP. This is Marvell's 802.11b/g 18.4mm2 chip.
  • The chip on the bottom center that looks blank in our image actually has this text: MARVELL, W8686B13, 702AUUP. This is Marvell's 802.11b/g 18.4mm2 chip.

  • The chip in the upper right is a Skyworks GSM/Edge Power amplifier (SKY77340).

  • The silver chip to the left of the Skyworks chip reads CSR 41814 3A06U K715FB. This is a CSR BlueCore4-ROM WLCSP single chip radio and baseband IC for Bluetooth 2+EDR.

  • The chip covered by the white sticker in the photo has the part numbers 338S0289 and 8G60710 on it. EETimes claims this is an Infineon M1817A11.

  • The chip with the blue dot on it is rumored to be an Intel Wireless Flash stacked 32 Mb NOR + 16 Mb SRAM chip. Part numbers 1030W0YTQ2, 5716A673, and Z717074A. EE Times adds the part #PF38F1030W0YTQ2.

  • The chip in the lower right reads 338S 0297 G0719. Some claim this is an Apple-branded chip, but it's purpose is currently unknown.

  • The chip in the lower left is an Infineon PMB8876 S-Gold 2 multimedia engine. Part numbers: 337S3235, 60708, and EL629058S03.

  • If you have any additional information about any iPhone chips or internals, please e-mail us and we'll post the information anonymously.

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14 Comments

I'm looking for I phone 1 st g digitizer please contact me if you have it

SAMEHMMOUSA - Reply

I have the complete apple I phone 1st generation phone completely together and it works. U can have it for $20

William -

I'll buy it from you.

Jason Haas -

I also want it

Tom - Reply

Do you still want an iPhone 1st generation? I recently found my old one. The screen is broken but it still works.

Miss molar -

Its actually only £15

Ayrton Waite -

Ya i will buy that iphone from you @miss_molar

Nathan Swift - Reply

Is it possible to replace touch screen only?

Zared - Reply

Does anyone have a immaculate 1st generation iPhone ? I need one Incase anyone wants to sell theirs

Yolo - Reply

The IC marked as 338S 0297 G0719 is in fact a RF Transceiver – Quad-Band GSM/EDGE w/Integrated SAW Filters and PLL from Infineon, probably PMB 6258 or PMB 6272

Manuel Velez - Reply

... wtf why-why just why whatever have the best iPhone day!!!!

lera Moldovan - Reply

I'm looking for an complete Iphone one for $20. Does anyone have one that they'll sell to me.

Connor Brady - Reply

Also do you know what chip the IPhone 1 has? I think it is call A1 since it is the first one, bu i'm not sure.

Connor Brady - Reply

I have an iphone 1. I don't know why but it won't turn on. I'll sell it for ten dollars.

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