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Old Jul 2, 2008, 04:12 AM   #1
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Screws on bottom of iPhone 3g

I haven't seen anything commenting on the screws shown on the pictures and videos of the iPhone 3g. Its very unapple in design so there must be a reason for there inclusion. Couple of thoughts I have had are - some kind of after Market part that you screw into the bottom of the phone after. Removal of said screws to allow for for the iPhone to become a more versatile gaming device. Or maybe to allow for easy user replacement of the back plates now they have moved over to better reception and more suseptable to damage plastic.

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Old Jul 2, 2008, 04:18 AM   #2
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easy user replacable battery.
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Old Jul 2, 2008, 04:21 AM   #3
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I expect they just had to, given the design. This MBP is covered in screws, so it's not like they haven't done it before.

If it makes replacing the back easy I can see a healthy market in aftermarket backs springing up though.
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Old Jul 2, 2008, 04:22 AM   #4
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Probably for Apple serviceability.
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Old Jul 2, 2008, 05:58 AM   #5
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The user replaceable battery, that's something I've not thought about. I don't think it will be to make repair easier, they have their special thin black sticks to easily crack open the case. if it was for serviceability, then i'd imagine we would see this feature on ipods. The screws may be all over the metal mbp, but its plastic......
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The screws may be all over the metal mbp, but its plastic......
They are all over the MacBook too....and they are plastic.

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Old Jul 2, 2008, 06:15 AM   #7
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They are all over the MacBook too....and they are plastic.

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It's really quite silly to compare screws on a laptop with screws on an Apple iPod/phone device. iPods haven't had external screws before AFAIK, and nor did the 1st iPhone.
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Old Jul 2, 2008, 06:20 AM   #8
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External screws, on an iPhone. OMFG!!!!

Even my SE K800i doesn't have external screws. What was Apple thinking.
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Old Jul 2, 2008, 06:31 AM   #9
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It's really quite silly to compare screws on a laptop with screws on an Apple iPod/phone device. iPods haven't had external screws before AFAIK, and nor did the 1st iPhone.
I think that it is silly for anyone to get worked up over screws period. As many have said it is likely for serviceability. The thin plastic can be easily cracked when Apple takes your iPhone apart to replace your battery every year when it stops holding a decent charge.

but I am sure that the first thing one of the MR members will do is pull out the screws to find...










Nothing.

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Old Jul 2, 2008, 09:04 AM   #10
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user replacable battery... yeah...

tiny screws are VERY user-replacable...
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Old Jul 2, 2008, 09:07 AM   #11
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No matter what they're intent was, the screws are going to make it easier to open up and more likely someone will take the time to make third party batteries or other hardware modifications. (Internal A2DP dongle? )
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Old Jul 2, 2008, 09:09 AM   #12
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The screws in the bottom don't look THAT bad, but I wonder why they would let them show like that. I'm pretty positive this is the first time an iPod has had visible screws.
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Old Jul 2, 2008, 09:13 AM   #13
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Look at a tear down video of the Gen1. There are screws on the bottom once the small plastic black piece is removed to ensure the back metal piece stays on. Since the Gen2 is one big piece, they added screws to ensure the back doesn't pop off if you drop it, etc.

This is my educated guess.
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 06:28 PM   #14
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has anyone take and unscrewed them to try to see if there was something cool in there... like a $199 rebate for a free iphone??
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 06:34 PM   #15
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The screws are there so it is easier to take apart the iphone. You can go to ifixit.com and see the taking apart process.
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