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iFixit says LG Watch Urbane is easy to fix (unless you bust the screen)

iFixit says LG Watch Urbane is easy to fix (unless you bust the screen)

We’d venture to say you tearing into your smartwatch is not a good idea. So, really — don’t try this at home. The iFixit team makes things look really simple, yes, but please don’t take a knife and tweezers to your gear. Even though iFixit gave the LG Watch Urbane a pleasant 7 out of 10 score in their teardown, don’t go poking around the smartwatch just yet. If you do need to have repairs done, here’s what you’d be in for.

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Apple Watch repair guides published by iFixit

Apple Watch repair guides published by iFixit

The Apple Watch is going to break. Either by accident or some dude trying to blend it, the little guy is just gonna get banged up now and then. When it does (and hopefully it’s not you who ends up with the busted watch), some will try to repair it rather than try to buy a new one. The best resource for that, iFixit, has just published a few repair guides for Apple Watch. Guess what? It’s really had to fix.

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Apple Watch has disabled pulse oximeter, hard to replace S1 chip

Apple Watch has disabled pulse oximeter, hard to replace S1 chip

Now that iFixit has finished its excruciatingly detailed journey down the Apple Watch path, it's time to take stock of the spoils of war. Considering the smartwatch is one of this year's most interesting tech products and Apple's most personal device, says iFixit, it's only natural to be a tad curious about what makes it tick, which is appropriate given it's a watch. But with that also comes the question of how easy would it be to repair, either by yourself or by authorized personnel.

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Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

After almost 8 months of waiting, and a few more days for some, maybe weeks more to come for others, iFixit finally got its hands on the rare beast known as the Apple Watch. And what do they do with it? They tear it apart, naturally. Apple's devices haven't exactly been conducive to self or uncertified repairs, especially the newest MacBook. Given the even more intricate electronics found in the smartwatch, will the Apple Watch fare dismally as well? iFixit starts the journey to find out.

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MacBook teardown — Apple packed a lot in that tiny frame

MacBook teardown — Apple packed a lot in that tiny frame

A feat of engineering on many levels, Apple’s new MacBook is also a computer you won’t be repairing yourself. According to iFixit, there might be no hope if something goes south on your new MacBook. In running the MacBook through their teardown process, the team at iFixit was befuddled by MacBook’s solid construction. Sounds counterintuitive, but when you’re using a bunch of adhesive and proprietary screws, that’s bound to be the case. Also, that tiny logic board has no hope for swapping components.

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Galaxy S6 iFixit teardown fares only slightly better

Galaxy S6 iFixit teardown fares only slightly better

Very few will probably deny that the new Samsung Galaxy flagships are beautiful, but that beauty came with hidden costs. As exposed last week, the Galaxy S6 edge was a tough nut to crack, figuratively of course, when it came to repairing the smartphone with the fancy dual curved edge screen. Now it's the main flagship's turn. The Galaxy S6 is practically similar to the Galaxy S6 edge, but with less gimmicks inside. Will that slight difference be enough to give it a higher repairability score? Apparently yes, but only so slightly.

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Galaxy S6 edge teardown tells us we’re not fixing this one ourselves

Galaxy S6 edge teardown tells us we’re not fixing this one ourselves

At first blush, the Galaxy S6 edge is a hot, new phone with a curved screen and exciting new non-plastic shell. Dip under the hood, and it seems not much is new. The crew at iFixit has torn the S6 edge apart for us, and provided a good look at what makes the curved display phone tick. It seems the slapped-together Samsung smartphone days are coming to a close, instead giving way to a more tightly wound package of parts.

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HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

Thankfully, HTC offers UH OH protection for the One M9. The stated goal is to make life easier on us by allowing a device replacement for simple drops or tumbles that do things like crack the screen. The real reason might be that the device is far too difficult to repair without some deep technical know-how. The crew at iFixit just tore down the HTC One M9, and what we see is a puzzle of glue and screws, and a device that you wouldn’t even want to try fixing yourself.

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iFixit teardown gives closer look at Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad

iFixit teardown gives closer look at Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad

As they are wont to do, iFixit has come through with another teardown of a new product. This time, the team is ripping apart the new MacBook Air and Pro models, which are largely unchanged. Of special interest is the new Force Touch trackpad Apple is rolling out across their notebook computer lineup. The new-look trackpad doesn’t click, but it does offer feedback. Rather than feeling the surface of the trackpad give, you’ll get a buzz. But how does it work?

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iFixit now has an Android DIY repair portal

iFixit now has an Android DIY repair portal

When new devices come out, we often look to iFixit for the lowdown on what’s under the hood. We also look to them for guidance on best practices for fixing things, or at least how much we can expect to spend for someone else to do it. For the DIY repair crowd, though, the site is an invaluable tool, and just became a lot more useful. Now, the iFixit crew has an Android portal, so you can repair your cracked Android everything.

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