Original iPhone 2G Teardown – TEN YEARS LATER!!

With the next iPhone launch right around the
corner, I think it's a good time to look back and see where it all started. Tearing down the original iPhone that was
released in 2007 – over 10 years ago. Do you feel old yet? In this video I'll show how to replace the
screen and the battery, and see how much different it is on the inside from the more recent iPhones. It did survive my durability test, so let's
see if it survives a tear down. [Intro] There are no visible screws on the exterior
of the original iPhone, but there is a black plastic segment that with some persuasion
can be removed. Exposing 3 Phillips head screws holding the
back metal panel in place. And then, you know, the SIM card gets removed
as well at some point during this process, preferably before the tear down starts, but
better late than never. Taking apart your phone does void the warranty,
but as we know, warranties don't last forever and sometimes you just got to fix your own
stuff.

And that's what I'm here for. The back metal panel is actually really difficult
to remove. There's no adhesive, it's just very firmly
held in place. My plastic tool did some initial separating
from the metal frame of the screen, but my metal tool had to make an appearance and do
the actual heavy lifting, successfully unclasping the back metal panel and exposing the high
tech insides of the iPhone 2G. There is one ribbon holding the back panel
to the phone. This controls the vibrator, headphone jack,
and side buttons. It unsnaps just like a little Lego from the
motherboard. One super interesting thing is that at the
bottom of the headphone jack is a water damage indicator.

Smart of Apple to stick it next to one of
the largest holes in the phone. If you peer into the headphone jack you can
see that it's still white on the inside. This means that my phone has never been wet. If it had gotten wet, the red coloring would
bleed through the sticker making the headphone jack pink on the inside. Kind of tricky. There are 3 white signal wires with their
circular round head connectors just like we see in all modern phones. I'll unsnap each of these with my tweezers
and then pull them off to the side. Three Phillips head screws hold the motherboard
in place. It was nice of Apple
not to use any proprietary screws to hold this original iPhone together. I wish they had continued that trend. Their recent phones contain proprietary screws
which make it a little bit harder to take apart. On the back of the motherboard there are several
connectors – three of them are the Lego-style connectors that we see on modern phones today. And one of them is the longer style connector
which HTC loves to use in all of their phones.

The most unfortunate part of repairing an
original iPhone though is the battery. It is soldered onto the motherboard and cannot
be replaced without soldering skills, which puts a battery replacement beyond the reach
of the average person. I'm pretty sure Apple changed this with the
next version of their iPhone, the iPhone 3G, but I'll have to take that one apart to be
sure. This motherboard holds a whopping 8 gigabytes
of total internal storage. The OnePlus 5 Android phone released earlier
this year has 8 gigs of RAM. Phones have come a long way in the last 10
years….well, Android phones anyway. The iPhone 7 putters along with just gigabytes
of RAM. Speaking of 2, the camera on the original
iPhone has two whole megapixels of photo quality. No flash and no optical stabilization. The first phone that implemented optical image
stabilization was actually a Windows phone, the Lumia 920, in 2012. Android phones like the LG G2 followed the
year after in 2013, and then Apple caught up in 2014, implementing OIS in just one of
their phones – the iPhone 6 Plus. Now the screen of this phone isn't too bad
to remove, it's pretty similar to the iPhone 4 with ten screws all around the outside edge.

All of these screws are the same size, except
for the bottom two, but it's still good to practice to lay the screws out in such a way
that you remember where they go when it's time to put the iPhone back together. Once all 10 of these screws are out, the front
metal frame lifts away from the screen. The actual screen removal is pretty tricky
during this part. There is an adhesive layer under the black
top and bottom sections of the glass so I'm using a razor blade to slice through that
while trying not to crack the glass at the same time. If your glass is already cracked, you don't
have to be as careful as I am. I'll link replacement screens and other parts
in the video description like always. Once that adhesive is cut, there are a series
of clasps on both sides of the screen that need to be lifted up, allowing the display
to separate from the rest of the phone. I find a razor blade to be super effective
with this part, and then the whole display pulls through the frame.

Since I'm going to attempt to put my phone
back together again, I'm being very careful with these little ribbons – they can tear
like paper, rendering the display useless. The loud speaker is at the bottom of the phone. And now that we have all of the major components
removed, it's time to see if it works when I put it back together. I'll tuck the screen ribbons through the frame
first, remembering that these kink and tear easily. Once the screen is mostly in place, I'll position
that home button back where I found it. A razor blade is not cosmetically the best
choice for this procedure. The metal frame then sits in place, held together
by the 10 screws that were laid out in an organized fashion earlier. And now the origami nightmare that is the
ribbon cables plugging into the back side of the motherboard. I found it easiest to fold the battery over
the top of the motherboard, since it's permanently connected.

And then plug the three Lego-style ribbons
in first, and then untaping the large charging port ribbon from the back of the phone allows
it to extend up enough that I can plug it into the latch connector. First lifting up the latch, plugging in the
ribbon, and then locking the latch after it's in. It's actually not too bad. The three screws for the motherboard get screwed
in – these are different sizes. And then the three white signal ribbons all
get connected to their circular slots. The sides buttons, vibrator, and always convenient
headphone jack get plugged into the motherboard with this Lego-style connector.

And then the back metal plate clamps securely
on the body with the three screws holding it down along that bottom edge. And finally, the last bit of black plastic
slides up into place, hiding the screws and the internal components. Surprisingly enough, the phone actually turns
on. Thumbs up for that. I've taken apart every single other iPhone
on this channel, besides the 3G, so if you're into seeing technology from the inside, you
should grab some popcorn and settle in. The iPhone 8 will get the same durability
and tear down treatment as soon as it's released. So make sure you're subscribed so you don't
miss it. Thanks a ton for watching.

And I'll see you around..

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