I'm not sure how many of you were awake for our play-by-play of ifixit's iPhone 3G teardown this morning—there are some really fantastic pictures if you missed it—but the big news that came out of the dissection was that the iPhone's battery is no longer soldered in. So in other words, the battery will be far easier to replace than it used to be, even though it still requires prying the thing open. That's pretty good news for the DIY types, and basically useless information for the rest of us. You're welcome! [gizmodo]
Anyone who works with employees that are forced to carry a phone will have heard "I need a spare battery" argument. Maybe it is better that the iPhone does not have an easily replacable one since we can then just tell them to pound dirt.
Is a spare battery really needed? No, we can all live with one battery in the device, even when it is taking many functions. Is it a handy feature? For some people, it is, especially if you are traveling overseas where a flight can last fifteen hours or more. Lack of a replacable battery is just one of the most obvious things that the iPhone is missing that every other phone in the universe has.