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New Retina iMac teardown reveals moderate repairability

New Retina iMac teardown reveals moderate repairability

Apple took the wraps off its new iMac with 5K Retina display yesterday, and now a single day later the handy folks over at iFixit have already cracked it open (gently) to see what lies beneath its alluring surface. The question was posed: will the new ultra-high-resolution display make the new iMac's repairability more troublesome? The end result reveals a lot of favorable points for the machine, but there are a couple big hassles that knocked the final score down a few notches.

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iFixit teardown shows the Galaxy Alpha to be a tiny monster

iFixit teardown shows the Galaxy Alpha to be a tiny monster

Teardowns done by iFixit aren't performed just for the sake of sleuthing but for determining how easy it would be to repair and replace parts of the device. In that light, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, branded to be an iPhone rival, proved to be a tad difficult to handle despite its smaller size and supposedly more premium built.

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iPhone 6 Plus teardown results: simple enough, but not without hassle

iPhone 6 Plus teardown results: simple enough, but not without hassle

The iPhone 6 Plus -- we've seen a million leaks of bits and parts that were all said to belong to the handset, but the folks at iFixit are giving us our first official look at the phone's innards. They've just wrapped up their teardown of the larger iPhone 6 model (check out our review), and we've got all the details for you after the jump.

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Moto 360 battery is 300 mAh only in name, really 320 mAh

Moto 360 battery is 300 mAh only in name, really 320 mAh

One of the benefits of teardowns is discovering details that never make it to marketing materials or even reviews. That might just be what iFixit stumbled upon when it broke open the Moto 360 smartwatch, finally available to the public, and discovered that the battery was seemingly not what Motorola said it would be.

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Amazon Fire Phone iFixit teardown: expect difficult repairs

Amazon Fire Phone iFixit teardown: expect difficult repairs

Amazon's Fire Phone is a lot of things, but easy to repair isn't one of them. So say the folks at iFixit, who have completed their teardown of the handset, which took place live today. Though not everything about the smartphone was a hassle, there were enough issues to give it a low score: 3 out of 10.

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Surface Pro 3 iFixit teardown: DIYers beware

Surface Pro 3 iFixit teardown: DIYers beware

The folks at iFixit have taken to Microsoft's latest slate, the Surface Pro 3, to see how it fares for those who dare go the DIY route. As with its brethren, the tablet proves difficult to deal with -- the display glass ended up broken by Stage 6.

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OnePlus One iFixit teardown: not so easy to repair

OnePlus One iFixit teardown: not so easy to repair

Every new high-profile smartphone is almost always given the iFixit treatment, being torn down piece by piece to see not just what keeps it all together, but ultimately how easy, or difficult, it will be to get one fixed. The Chinese-made OnePlus One is no different and with a score of 5 out of 10, the smartphone turned out to be truly a mixed bag.

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Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google's Project Tango 3D mapping phones are in short supply - only around 200 out in the wild for developers to try - but that hasn't stopped a teardown on the camera-smothered prototype to reveal its hardware magic. A non-functioning unit was loaned to iFixit to suffer its screwdrivers, exposing the various lenses which Google relies upon to create real-time 3D renders of the environment around it.

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Galaxy S5 Teardown reveals display-level barrier

Galaxy S5 Teardown reveals display-level barrier

It’s not the water and dust resistance that’s holding back the repairability of the Samsung Galaxy S5, that’s for certain. Instead it would appear that this device has Samsung seeking to fuse its components together, so to speak, with access given to the battery - very user friendly - otherwise keeping everything under lock and key. This device is far less repairable than its predecessor.

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Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Amazon's Fire TV surprised some with quite how much power the retailer had packed inside its set-top streamer, but it turns out a quadcore processor isn't the only unusual component inside. A swift teardown - that rite of passage most high-profile tech goes through after launching - exposes not only a vast heatsink but some unexpected RFID tags too.

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HTC One M8: packed with Qualcomm hardware

HTC One M8: packed with Qualcomm hardware

In an effort to engage the world as fast and effectively as possible with their latest launch, HTC has both revealed and placed on sale, (and given to reviewers), the HTC One M8 this week, all in the span of a day. They’ve also apparently had an HTC One M8 sent to the folks at iFixit to give a proper teardown treatment right off the bat, showing all the innards with great ease.

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Macintosh 128K gets iFixit teardown

Macintosh 128K gets iFixit teardown

The folks over at iFixit have a long history of tearing through the latest and greatest gadgets, but recently they went in a different direction: tearing down a Macintosh 128k on the cusp of its 30th anniversary. The relic -- which was no longer functional, they were sure to note -- was given its due process, and at the end of it all managed to score 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

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