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iFixit Posts iPhone 4S Teardown, Makes Siri Get Cranky

Apple's next iPhone isn't even in stores yet, but that hasn't stopped it from already being torn apart

Apple's iPhone 4S isn't even out in stores yet, but that hasn't stopped some lucky folks who got their handset early from tearing it apart, so the rest of us don't have to sacrifice our shiny new toys in the name of science. Or press coverage. Or something.

iFixit performed its customary teardown too, after getting an iPhone 4S from a generous German iFixit user. iFixit's detailed look at the device, which includes humorous retorts from an upset Siri, reveal a fair few points of interest.

The battery within the 4S is different than the one inside the iPhone 4, packing an improved capacity along with having different shaped connector points. The 4S also features the same vibration motor found in the Verizon-only iPhone 4, which is a linear oscillating motor instead of the rotational motor found in older iPhones.

The iFixit folks took a close look at the logic board and found out, as some suspected, that the 4S does come with 512MB of RAM, just like the iPhone 4 (others speculated that the 4S had 1GB of memory).

iFixit has the full skinny, including nice big pictures showing off what lurks beneath the devices shiny exterior.

Several other reports showed up early Tuesday, stating that a handful of people across Europe received the new iPhone early--four days early, in fact. Italian repair website iClinic were one of the first to receive the updated smartphone and they wasted little time in taking the phone apart to take a closer look at what's inside.

The iClinic post briefly detailed a number of small changes that the iPhone 4S has over its predecessor, such as screw placement, the type of glass used and so on. iClinic also noted that the back panel on the 4S seems to be more durable than the former model, which is good news for those more clumsy iPhone owners amongst us. Pictures of this frankly limited teardown, including close-ups of the new image sensor and battery, can be found on Italian technology site iPhone Italia.

[iFixit, iPhone Italia]

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