Screws on bottom of iPhone 3g

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by minga, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. minga macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2005
    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.

    Any other ideas
  2. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
  3. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    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.
  4. chas0001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Alicante, SPAIN
  5. minga thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2005
    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......
  6. GroundLoop macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2003
    They are all over the MacBook too....and they are plastic.

  7. PCMacUser macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    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.
  8. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2005
    External screws, on an iPhone. OMFG!!!!

    Even my SE K800i doesn't have external screws. What was Apple thinking. :rolleyes:
  9. GroundLoop macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2003
    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...


  10. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    user replacable battery... yeah...

    tiny screws are VERY user-replacable... ;) :rolleyes:
  11. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040


    Jun 25, 2008
    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? :p )
  12. animenick65 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    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.
  13. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    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.
  14. a104375 macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2007
    Matamoras, PA
    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??
  15. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

    Next Tuesday

    Sep 14, 2006
    The screws are there so it is easier to take apart the iphone. You can go to and see the taking apart process.

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