iPhone autopsies conducted
What makes it tick?
It hasn't taken long for many of the Apple iPhones acquired over the weekend to be taken home and taken to bits as hardware fans and chip analysts alike try to find out what kind of kit the "revolutionary" handset is packing.
Perhaps the most complete set of disassembly pics have been provided by Mac repair and upgrade company iFixit, which has posted a part-by-part dissection beginning with the phone's packaging and ending with a single circuit board:
iFixit's take-apart and similar dissections from others reveals the iPhone contains two circuit boards. First, the smaller of the two, which has the handset's Samsung SSL8900 processor with 512Mb of on-board memory. It's accompanied by a Wolfson WM8758 audio codec chip.
The second board is home to a Marvell 88W8686 Wi-Fi chip and a CSR BlueCore Bluetooth controller. Cellular connectivity is provided by two Infineon chips, and the iPhone's display is controlled by a Nat Semi part.
Samsung provides both the 4GB and 8GB Flash chips found in the two versions of the iPhone, both of which also contain a smaller, 32MB Flash chip which also contains 16MB of SRAM to hold the code running on the CPU.
Does any of this actually matter? For the companies supplying product to Apple, it makes for a nice design win, of course, but more importantly it shows how much greater integration of multiple chips into a few will aid the iPhone's manufacturing cost going forward.
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I have a pretty bog standard nokia. It has a music player. It has a camera. I can smurf the internet. I can make phone calls. I can check my gmail.
The iphone may be able to do some of these things better, but there is nothing new apart from a snazzy touch screen interface.
If I'd wanted a touch screen interface, I'd have bought a pocket pc or similar. I want a phone I can make a call with one handed with no problems.
With this phone, could I chuck it in my bag and not worry? Stuff it in my back pocket and forget it? I tried those things with my ipod and now I'm stuck with an ipod whose wheel works about 1% of the time. I did all that with my phone and it is as good as new.
(I actually like convergence - I use my phone camera quite a lot, and if the picture was better I'd be happy - I'd use my phone as an mp3 player if only the pop-port headphone connector worked better - I use it more than I ever imagined as an mp3 player through the speakers - and I do use it as a video player quite a bit.
I want is a nokia 6233 that takes an 8gig SDHC card, has a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, and a better headphone connection [possibly a better music player interface], runs the new opera mini and looks like the new 6500 classic - that's a better phone than the iPhone right there!)
Your assertion that those 100,000 people would pick a different phone assumes those people know that they will want to replace the battery at the point when they purchase the phone.
A more interesting statistic to know would be what percentage of people whose phone battery fails go on to replace the battery (rather than buying a new phone). I suspect that this number would be a lot higher than 1%.
I haven't replaced the battery in my current phone yet since it works fine, but would do so if it fails/degrades. Does that put me in the "99% who never replace the battery" or the 1% who do?
It's gonna die ! ! !
The iPhone can't ...
Communicate with extra terrestrials (yet)
Make one more attractive to the opposite/same/trans sex
Increase the length of any appendages you may value
Make phone calls under water without protection
Introduce a force field around the owner
Protect the owner from biting insects ...
So, having got rid of those misapprehensions, can we just acknowledge that it is an object which, hype aside, moves on the mobile phone quite dramatically. We'll soon see that, despite the naysayers, other manufacturers will attempt to copy and may even surpass the iPhone's capabilities.
For me, a mere aspirant to ownership, it was summed up by a reporter who said something like, "Well, this XXX phone has a similar feature where you swipe across the screen ... only it doesn't work!"
The iPhone does!
Playing with the numbers
>>Apple has analysed how people ACTUALLY use their phones and come up with the shock finding that 99% of them never replace the battery
>Apple stated that they expected as much as 10 million people to buy they IPhone so thats 1% => 100 000 people who will pay 500+$ for a phone with a bad battery they can't replace?
Why would those 100 000 people actually buy the iPhone in the first place if they are in that 1% who do replace cell phone batteries?
>Also, why would the fact that the 1st gen iPod had a dud battery be of any significance? Particularly when they have produced a further 4 generations without the same problem...
Well i bought a 2nd generation mini-Ipod a year and half ago and it also had a bad battery(and there are other people I know who had battery trouble with that particular generation). After about 3 months with me it became almost unusable(it would die after about 30min of playback).
Right now, I still have that Ipod but I only use it in the car with a power adapter(it can hold way more music than a CD and my player has an auxiliary input) so it is still useful in a way but it is definitly not flexible in how I can use it. If the battery had been replaceable(even though I had a guarentee they refused to replace it for me) I would still be able to use my Ipod normally. Although this was quite annoying it would be way worse to buy an IPhone only to find that the battery has died on you after 3 months of usage.
>Apple has analysed how people ACTUALLY use their phones and come up with the shock finding that 99% of them never replace the battery
Apple stated that they expected as much as 10 million people to buy they IPhone so thats 1% => 100 000 people who will pay 500+$ for a phone with a bad battery they can't replace?