Apple iPhone 4S teardown shows Qualcomm chip inside

Apple iPhone 4S teardown

The Apple iPhone 4S is coming out tomorrow and if preorders are any indication, a lot of you really want this thing. Well, the gadget surgeons at iFixit has already gotten the device and ripped it apart for our enjoyment.

As we know, the Apple iPhone 4S has a dual-core A5 processor, 8-megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 in a design that’s similar to the iPhone 4. The folks at iFixit said the design is similar to the Verizon iPhone in terms of the antenna but all of these versions will rock a microSIM slot for world-roaming capabilities. The battery has an extra .05 WHrs, so that is always welcome.

That world-roaming capability is due to the Qualcomm RTR8605 chip inside could be a boon for world travelers, as it will make roaming on foreign networks much easier (your carrier’s rates may vary). We’re hearing mixed reports about which carriers will unlock the microSIM slot but honestly, it’s not that difficult to unlock it yourself or pay someone to do it.

One of the main appeals of the Apple iPhone 4S is the Siri personal assistant, but those on the iPhone 4 won’t be able to get it. Why? “If Siri has an address, this is it. Though iCloud integration can be used with any iOS 5 device, Siri only works with dual-core devices,” iFixit said. Also, our hopes of more RAM are gone, as iFixit said it has 512 MB of RAM.

[Via iFixit]

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