The Kalamazoo, Mich., electronics repair shop took advantage of the fact that a Parisian Orange Boutique was hosting a midnight (6 p.m. EDT) iPhone release event and flew CEO Aaron Vronko to the City of Lights to buy one of the first.
By Thursday 6:37 p.m. EDT Vronko had a 3G S in hand and was attacking it with small Phillips screw driver, small flathead, heat gun, Exacto razor, suction cup and Rapid Repair's own Safe Open Tool (available for sale).
You can view the step by step disassembly -- with helpful hints for how to do it yourself (while voiding your warranty)-- at their website. If you are very careful, the end result looks something like this:
Below the fold, a side-by-side comparison of two motherboards: the 3GS and the 3G, with Rapid Repair's analysis of the new chipset.
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