I am always transfixed by these tear-downs. Excellent post Miroslav. It seems to me companies providing mobile devices, i.e. cell phones, tablets, pads, etc. are striving for more and more complexity within one given space. With that in mind, I have no idea as to where we will be in ten (10) years. I would love to visit the manufacturing facilities responsible for the assembly and production of this device.
I had the great pleasure of working on the Titan II missile, which is the platform that shot the Gemini astronauts. There is more computing power in a typical cell phone, and certainly the Google Tango, than we had in the entire Gemini system. The speed of technology and especially communication technology is truly amazing.
Elizabeth- Perhaps you could practice taking apart another defunct phone you might have lying around. Even though it might not be of the iPhone variety, it will give you an insight on the amount of force that's needed to separate various parts and other things.
These "Inside" blog posts are much more relevant to me after my experience of this weekend of my own (the second of two) failed attempt at repairing my shattered iPhone 4 screen. I have to send out props to all the people who find taking apart devices and putting them back together again easy! I have an iFixit kit to replace the front screen of my phone and dutifully watched a very clever YouTube video about how to do it, but twice now I have gotten partially the way through the process and panicked and put my phone back together. This second time I was nearly there but couldn't go through with it, and now my iPhone is missing a few screws but thankfully still works! Any advice from people especially adept at this at the best way to proceed with success with this fix for someone not nearly as comfortable with taking apart gadgets??
It's pretty awesome. Amazon is also working on a similar approach. Let's see what they come up with when they release their smartphone later this year. Anyhow, i can't wait to get my hands on this to experience the actual performance.
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