iPhone 4S Repair Guide


Welcome to the Rapid Repair iPhone 4S take-apart repair guide. Here we show (in nearly sickening detail) the internals of the new iPhone 4S and how to safely reach them in a few easy steps.

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iPhone 4S Box



Tools required:

Nylon Safe Open Tool

Small Phillips Screwdriver
Small Flathead Screwdriver
Pentalobe Driver
Suction Cup
Steady Hands

Be sure you know what's in store, go slow, be careful from start to finish.


iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S contents iPhone 4S Bottom Screws

iPhone 4S Back



We have it in our hands, lets see whats in the box.

USB Cable
USB Power Block
Premium Earbuds

We opted for the black 64GB. Out of the box it looks sleek, slim, and ready to multitask. Cant wait to test out all the new iOS5 features.




iPhone 4S Back Panel Off

iPhone 4S Half iPhone 4S Back Cover Off



The iPhone 4S with back panel removed. Simply remove the two bottom pentalobe screws and slide the back cover up towards the top of the iPhone.

8 Megapixel cam with full 1080P HD video recording.

The back panel is again flat like the iPhone 4. 3G & 3GS back panels are curved and wabble on a flat surface.

Plenty of screws can be removed here, take your time, they are all visible except for a select few in the corners, or hiding under tape.


iPhone 4S Dock Connector

iPhone 4S Inside Bottom iPhone 4S Inside

Cable Removal

After the battery has been removed, simply remove the dock connector ribbon cable from the board. There are several other ribbon cables you can remove at this time.

iPhone 4S HD Camera

More Cables!

Remove the flex cables from the board in order to take the HD camera out. Be careful not to tug on anything too hard, if its not coming out easy, chances are you forgot to remove a screw!

iPhone 4S Dock Exposed

iPhone 4S Dock

Removal of the dock flex cable is simple, its held on with mild adhesive. You can now take the dock speaker assembly out to expose the home button flex cable and microphone.

Expose the dock and remove the two screws next to the dock port. You can also remove the two corner screws now.

iPhone 4S Rear HD Camera


The rear HD camera is about the same size as the one found in the iPhone 4. This time it can record full 1080P video!
iPhone 4S Top Boar Connectors

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Once you get started, there's no turning back.

Holy screws! make sure you remove all the board screws along with all the flex cables so you can easily take the board out.

The headphone jack and light sensor cables are held on the mid frame with mild adhesive. Take your time when removing them and note where any of the small metal braces are for re-installation.

Apple part numbers:

Headphone jack/Volume: 821-1336-05
Light Sensor: 821-1467-01

iPhone 4S Volume Flex Cable Remove the four screws pictured to get to the volume flex cable. The metal buttons will also come out after you get this far.

iPhone 4S LCD Screen Digitizer Repair

iPhone 4S Digitizer Screen Repair iPhone 4S LCD Screen Repair

iPhone 4S Mid Bezel iPhone 4S Dock Flex Cable

By now the screws have been set aside, there are a total of ten screws holding the LCD screen and glass digitzer in place. Strong adhesive also holds the display assembly to the middle stainless bezel. Use a suction cup to pull the screen out from the front of the unit.

The display cables will slide through the mid frame so dont rush, go slow and make sure you dont tear any cables.

Apple part numbers:

LCD: 821-0695-A
Dock: 821-1301-A

iPhone 4S Microphone iPhone 4S Vibrator

iPhone 4S Front Camera iPhone 4S Dock Speaker

You can see the dock assembly with Microphone far left. The vibrator is held on with mild adhesive.

Also pictured is the front facing camera part number 821-1383-A


This battery is solderless, and very easy to replace like the 3G & 3GS.

Battery specs:

Li-ion Polymer Battery
3.7V 5.3 Whr
APN: 616-0579
VPN: GB-S10-423282-0100

8 hours of talk time on 3G or up to 14 hours on 2G.

The dock speaker has the wireless antenna built in.

iPhone 4S Mainboard

iPhone 4S Mainboard iPhone 4S Mainboard

iPhone 4S Mainboard

Mainboard Removed

After the mainboard has been removed (Apple part number 820-3031-A, AT&T model GSM. 64GB) remove the protective shielding to expose the new A5 dual core chip.

Click on the mainboards for a closer view.


iPhone 4S Mainboard A5 CPU

iPhone 4S Mainboard

Close-up of the new dual core A5 processor.

iPhone 4S finished

iPhone 4S Finished


After a long wait, the iPhone 4S is finally torn apart. Many of the parts inside are replaced with little effort.

This is a difficult phone repair, we offer full support for the iPhone 4S.