Gadget repair guide website iFixit has managed to acquire an iPhone 4S and tear it apart. The site revealed a design that is nearly similar to the smartphone’s predecessor, the iPhone 4, as people might expect from its appearance. The iFixit staff also showed a number changes.
The iPhone 4S’ battery now has a higher capacity, with an extra .05 WHrs compared to the one found in the iPhone 4. This results in extended talk time and extra stand-by hours. The website also notes that given the performance improvements the new handset boasts, it consumes less power than originally expected.
The website also answered one of the biggest questions asked by consumers: does the iPhone 4S have 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM? iFixit has officially confirmed that the new iPhone is packed with only 512 MB of RAM, which is same as the iPhone 4.
According to the site, “How do we know it’s 512 MB? Check out the marking, specifically E4E4, denoting two 2 Gb LPDDR2 die — for a total of 4 Gb — or 512 MB.”
This isn’t a bad thing, though, as adding more RAM will decrease the iPhone 4S’ battery life. It may also take a year for the technology to progress to the point where iPhone users can have more RAM, speed and battery life that they have been longing for.
The teardown also reveals the same Retina display that is used in the previous iPhone, the 8-megapixel camera, speaker, vibrating motor, Toshiba flash memory, Qualcomm chipset and other components.