From the headline, you’d be forgiven for thinking the iPhone 4S had perhaps received a verbal lambasting from some highly respected authority. Y’know, someone like Jan.
But the iPhone 4S has in fact literally been torn to pieces by the guys at iFixit, using a series of screwdrivers and a good old spudger.
The iPhone 4S offers an additional hour of talktime over the original iPhone 4, but the iFixit guys note that the connectors on the battery appear to be different, so it probably won’t work in the iPhone 4.
We also get a look at the underside of the home button, and a close-up of the Apple A5 chip - as found in the iPad 2. In the iPhone 4S, however, it’s underclocked at 800MHz.
And what about the vibrator motor? “It appears that Apple elected to go with the linear oscillating vibrator that we found in the Verizon iPhone 4 as opposed to the rotational electric motor with counterweight in the AT&T version.” That’s exactly what I was thinking. Ahem.
Ultimately the iFixit guys give the iPhone 4S a repairability score of 6 out of 10 (where 10 is the easiest to repair), noting that it’s not massively different from the iPhone 4.