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The iPhone 3G, unpacked and disassembled

July 10, 2008: 11:35 AM ET

The folks at iFixIt didn't waste any time.

The Atascadero, Calif.-based Mac and iPod parts shop flew a technician to Auckland, New Zealand, to buy one of the first Apple (AAPL) iPhone 3Gs when they went on sale July 11 at 12:01 a.m. local time.

No sooner had he unpacked it than he immediately set to work taking it apart.

You can follow the somewhat unsettling sequence of events -- dirty fingernails and all -- here.

Click on the image below to read the identifying marks on the chips.

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Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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