iPhone 3G S Repair Guide


Welcome to the RapidRepair iPhone 3G S take-apart repair guide. Here we show (in nearly sickening detail) the internals of the new iPhone 3G S and how to safely reach them in a few easy steps. Be sure to check our repair parts page for easy to use toolkits, screen repair, batteries and more for your iPhone 3G S (SPEED).

iPhone Buy-Back

RapidRepair was lucky enough to be one of the 1st companies in the world to obtain the new iPhone 3G S. Turns out that Orange Boutique in Paris, France did a midnight release (6PM EST) so we were able to obtain this new piece of technology before ANYONE else in the world!!!

The good people at BricoMac were kind enough to let us do the tear-down in their store. Special thanks to David & Julien for making this happen on such short notice. Visit BricoMac: Mac computer & iPod Repair in France for all your Mac/iPod repair needs. Be sure to check BricoMac next week for a French version of this guide.

RapidRepair has put together a helpful chart to compare the older iPhones along with the newly released Palm Pre. The new Samsung SoC S5PC100 is cutting edge technology, take a quick look at the comparison chart.


Pictures of the Orange Boutique in Paris, France (June 18th 2009, approx 6:37PM EST) CEO Aaron Vronko picks up the iPhone 3G S.

iPhone 3G S Paris StoreOrange Boutique Paris France iPhone 3G S PickupRapidRepair CEO 1st in the world with iPhone 3G S


iPhone 3G S Box

iPhone 3G S Backing

  • Tools required: Small Phillips Screw Driver, Small Flathead, heat gun, exacto razor & Safe Open Tool
  • Repair Toolkit available HERE
  • Gather all neccesary tools and place your iPhone 3G S on a clean, flat surface. Use a soft cloth or towel to place under it.

    Take a look at the back of the iPhone 3G S. It's pretty much the same as the 3G version.

    iPhone 3G S Contents


    Very similar to the "regular" iPhone 3G, the 3G S comes with: earbuds, USB charger, USB Cable, Manual, SIM Opener, and of course the actual iPhone 3G S (16GB Black for this guide).




    iPhone 3G S Screw Removal

    Step 1

    Just like before, we need to remove the bottom 2 screws by the dock port. Simply use your small phillips driver to remove them.

    To get the iPhone 3G S LCD Screen lifted, you will need a small suction cup or to poke a paperclip through the screwless holes in a hooked motion.

    A suction cup is key. Don't get too far ahead of yourself. Be very careful when lifting the LCD module. There are several cables attached inside, and if you lift to quickly, you will tear one.



    iPhone 3G S Board Clip Removal

    Step 2

    Lifting up very carefully, you will be able to remove the 3 ribbon cables highlighted in red.

    You can also remove the far left cable at this point. Orange stickers will help you find the cables inside.

    #1 LCD Screen
    #2 Digitizer
    #3 Ear Speaker
    #5 Headphone Jack
    #6 Wireless

    Note: #3 is hidden under clips #1 & #2.

    This step is fairly straightforward, just pop the cable up with a safe-open case tool or a flathead screwdriver. The LCD screen/Digitizer module should lift right out.

    It's worth noting that we've already identified parts that differ from the iPhone 3G. The LCD screen looks to have a different driver package, and components on the end of the cable have been changed. No word yet if the iPhone 3G LCD is compatible with the new iPhone 3G S and vice versa.



    iPhone 3G S in Half

    iPhone 3G S LCD Screen iPhone 3G S LCD FreeiPhone 3G S Front Done

    Step 2 Cont.

    View of the front half separated from the back panel.

    Still very similar to the original iPhone 3G.

    To free the LCD module from the digitizer frame, there are some side screws (6) that must be removed. See sub pic for screw locations.

    Don't force the LCD out, make sure all the screws have been removed or you will crack the screen.


    iPhone 3G S Board Removal

    iPhone 3G S Board Removed iPhone 3G S Battery Removal iPhone 3G S Battery Removed

    Step 3

    We can focus on the system board removal now. 1st remove the screw securing the camera module, then pivot the module out of it's cradle as if the left side was a hinge. While this hangs loose, proceed with removal of the screws.

    To remove the system board, carefully unplug molex connectors #4, #5, #6, & #7 if you have not done so already. There should be (6) screws evenly spaced around it's perimeter.

    iPhone 3G S Warranty VoidedWARRANTY ALERT: You also have to remove the longer screw (screw #7) hiding beneath the warranty sticker. No turning back now!

    Once fully detached, gently pry up the bottom of the board first. Once the board clears, pull the whole thing out and up (towards your chest). Remove the camera molex and it's clear. Battery removal is simple. it's held down with mild adhesive. Take a safe-open case tool and pry it out. The battery is solderless and easily replaceable.

    APN: 616-0434
    VPN: APPLE-08-003-01(GG)
    Li-ion Polymer Battery: 3.7V 4.51Whr

    Looks very similar to the original iPhone 3G battery. We will check compatibility ASAP.


    iPhone 3G S Headphone Jack Removal

    iPhone 3G S Dock Port Removal iPhone 3G S Misc. Parts Removal

    Step 4

    Removal of the headphone jack is easy. Make sure all the screws have been removed and with a little bit of pressure, you can now remove the headphone jack and button assemblies.

    Dockport can be slipped out with ease, just make sure all of the screws have been removed so you don't have to force it out.

    Some other smaller parts can be removed from the backing now. the vibrator module, GPS antenna, and SIM spring can all be taken out. Most are held in place with mild adhesive.



    iPhone 3G S digitizer

    iPhone 3G digitizer Bezel

    Step 5

    To remove the iPhone 3G S digitizer, you will need a heat gun. This is a very tough step, please use caution. You will probably remove the digitizer only if it's broken, so please go slow and dont cut your fingers on broken glass.

    Go one step farther and you can remove the ear piece speaker and home button. Careful though, you will have to buy a new digitizer bezel if you remove the home button. The home button is held on with plastic pegs which cannot be replaced.



    iPhone 3G S Disassembled

    iPhone 3G S Finished Alternate

    Step 6, Completed!

    View the glorious iPhone 3G S in all it's glory! Stripped down to the bone, we can now reverse these steps to get the phone re-assembled.



    iPhone 3G S System Board comparison

    iPhone 3G S system Board Single

    System Board: Up Close

    System board chips and part numbers can be seen below. Please view the comparison guide for more details. this phone is capable of 833MHz and 720p video. This may be a gateway HD media product in the near future.

    iPhone 3G S system board is shown on the left, right board is iPhone 3G.

    CPU - Samsung
    N1TVY0Q 0919

    NAND Flash Memory - Toshiba TH58NVG702ELA89

    System Memory - 337S3754

    Infineon - 36MY1EE