In a followup to the iPhone 4S teardown from our friends at UBM TechInsights, we bring you an interactive, clickable video spotlighting the smartphone's innards. The flash movie allows you to drill down to the component level and visualize the assembly and packaging of Apple's latest product.
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I couldn't agree more, Rob. It also continues to amaze me, even at the end of 2011, that so much intuitive, cool technology fits into something so small and thin. I can't wait to see what features are showcased on the iPhone 5!
From the design engineering standpoint, I think many people underestimate the packaging and assembly challenges inherent in such a tightly constrained design. This certainly applies to the Android phones and Blackberrys as well (though with the latter, not as much as here and with Android). Add to this the requirement for robustness, and you have a tough set of engineering requirements across the board.
NPR recently did an article about phones. The actual article was not very significant, but the host's (Robert Siegel, I think) lead-in comment was. He said the phone he was discussing had all the features you'd come to expect: a large touch screen, mult-megapixel camera, GPS. There was nothing about it being a good phone!
You're right TJ. The fact smartphones are even called phones is like a habit. The device is really pocket computer that is well connected. The phone service is almost incidental, especially for young users. My 15-year-old daughter rarely uses her Android to make a voice call. She uses it constantly for text and Internet connectivity.
I completely agree with you. My kids are pros with these phones, and use them for numerous applications. When needed, I ask them to help me in selecting proper applications, as they clearly know this stuff better.
Yes, like you, sensor pro, my kids are way ahead of me on the brilliance of smartphones. I was commenting to my daughter that I was surprised that some of the apps (I was thinking automation apps) were so inexpensive, like $5. She said, "Dad, $5 is a lot for an app. Most of the apps I use are either free or 99 cents."
Another function that is often getting used more than voice is the camera, both still and video. My daughter uses the camera far more often than she uses voice. Her most recent phone has a front facing camera, so soon she will be skyping with her friends.
And the generations change quickly. My 15-year-old is way ahead of the 23-year-old on phone technolgy.
Yes yes yes, I feel that you are talking about my family. I recently made one big mistake. I purchased same phone for myself and my two sons. Sometimes in a rush I get to work and get bombarded by tens SMSs from all the college or HS friends. Depends on whos phone I took.
This gives me a rare opportunity to look into their social life. !!!!!!!!
FYI: left message for you to review gizmos at your convenience.
Sensor pro, I have to give you credit for your ability to read the SMSs. The shorthand that has developed over the years is quite impressive and nearly indecipherable to the uninitiated. It's a language of its own. Some clever writer in Japan wrote a novel in test language.
It was an interesting teardown, and not quite as detailed as I had hoped for, but the price was OK. And it is clear that the phone is a marvel of packaging.
For the chap who grabs the wrong phone in the morning, the simple solution is to color your phone with something like a permanent marker, or a paint marker. Then you can tell which one it is, and as an added benefit, the value of the phone to a potential thief will be reduced, and so you will have the phone longer.
I had lost track of just how small some things can be made. Our industrial systems are made to be repaired by regular people using standard tools. Of course, our industrial systems are made to last for ten years or more, and to be repairable.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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