Two tiny screws in iPhone 3G might mean replaceable battery

There may still be no cut-and-paste, but if this picture is to be believed, the iPhone 3G may have ticked off another checkbox on the "common user complaints" list: two tiny screws at the bottom of the 3G seem to indicate that the iPhone's battery might be user replaceable after all. Says TG Daily:
Apple's dislike of any visible screws has become almost legendary, so it is no surprise the rumor mill is spinning at full speed over two tiny screws. Considering Apple’s product strategy, visible screws are a remarkable design change and it is believed that there may be a very good reason behind this “feature”. Some are speculating that removing these screws will allow the handset to open up like a clam for easy access to the battery. Your guess is as good as ours on this one, but this theory seems a bit stretched to us. There are other, more innovative ways to open up the shell of a cellphone and screws just do not fit to the iPhone. That, however, leaves the question why there are screws.
It's certainly a conundrum: Apple would never use screws... and yet, there are screws! This is doing to the Apple community what a paradox about the nature of the human emotion love does to a murderous robot. Two small iPhone screws spark rumors about replaceable batteries [TG Daily]
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10 Responses to Two tiny screws in iPhone 3G might mean replaceable battery

  1. mightymouse1584 says:


  2. PeaceLove says:

    @#9 Apple-watching is the Kremlinology of the 21st century.


  3. stratosfyr says:

    Sometimes you just have to K.I.S.S.

    If screws make it easy to open to replace the SIM or battery, but prevent it from opening accidentally, then they’re a good design choice, regardless of appearance.

  4. Moon says:

    Geez, MightyMouse, I don’t whose site that is, but is that hard to get things in focus? Sheesh.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The 360 view of the iPhone on Apple’s website doesn’t show those screws.

  6. mightymouse1584 says:

    the 360 view only shows the sides. i believe the screws are on the bottom.

    and yes… terribly out of focus

  7. Halloween Jack says:

    Apple-watching is the Kremlinology of the 21st century.

  8. LostInTX says:

    “Apple would never use screws…”

    I’ve seen this written elsewhere, and I don’t understand where this misconception got started. True, the Mac Mini, iMac, MacPro, iPod, & original iPhone have no exposed screws, but Apple’s portable computer lineup all have exposed screws.

    The Macbook has exposed screws, two on the left side, two on the right, and four on the back. More on the bottom, too.

    Macbook air has 10 screws on the bottom. MB Pro also has screws on the sides & bottom.

  9. zuzu says:

    What’s wrong with screws? Seriously. Screws are easy for taking devices apart. All those plastic tabs and slides are many times more difficult to work with, often with some of them breaking.

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