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Apple’s new EarPods get teardown treatment from iFixit

Apple’s new EarPods get teardown treatment from iFixit

Apple's new EarPods certainly look like they'll offer an improvement over the older earbuds, but just how much of an improvement is there? That's what the folks at iFixit are determined to find out, putting the EarPods in the spotlight as the subject of its latest teardown. Using an exacto knife, a metal spudger, and an iFixit-branded guitar pick, the iFixit gang pried and pulled apart the redesigned EarPods to see if they really can boast significant improvements over Earbuds of the past.

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Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 - that being the 7-inch display toting version of the tablet experience - has received its first official teardown, straight from the folks at iFixit. This teardown shows a rather clean looking construction complete with the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor powering the whole beast - the first big note here is the fact that the machine has a 1.2Ghz processor though TI claims it'll operate at up to 1.5Ghz. Also under the hood you'll find a Texas Instruments TWL6032 Fully Integrated Power Management IC and Samsung KLMAG2GE4A eMMC 16 GB Flash Memory and Flash Memory Controller as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets thumbs up from iFixit

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets thumbs up from iFixit

iFixit is always busy tearing apart the latest devices in order to determine what components lie beneath, but the firm has criticized Apple products (like the Retina MacBook Pro and new iPad) for their low repairability. How about products from other companies? The team have taken their tools to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, giving a full list of what lurks underneath the chassis and determining that it has a high repairability score.

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Time, patience and a taste for danger demanded for DIY Retina MacBook Pro fixes

Time, patience and a taste for danger demanded for DIY Retina MacBook Pro fixes

Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display was strongly criticized from some quarters for its resilience to DIY-repair, but new unofficial guides suggest it's more a case of how determined you are to complete your own tweaks. iFixit has pushed out a fifteen-part tutorial for removing and replacing different elements of the flagship Apple notebook, with the pinnacle of difficult probably being switching out the battery.

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Nexus Q teardown: USA boast pans out partially

Nexus Q teardown: USA boast pans out partially

Google's Nexus Q was arguably the least-polished launch of the IO opening keynote, but there's no denying that the media streamer itself is a solid and handsome piece of kit. That's catnip to teardown merchant iFixit, which has opened up its toolkit of screwdrivers and spudgers and promptly stripped the "Designed and Manufactured in the USA" orb down to its nude essentials.

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Nexus 7 gets teardown treatment

Nexus 7 gets teardown treatment

Google fans know the Nexus 7 is filled with magic Android sap and tufts from Sergey Brin's beard, but those with more mundane interests probably want to see silicon too. Thankfully iFixit has done the honors, tearing down the 7-inch tablet and praising its repair-potential versus Apple's iPad along the way.

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iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, compares it to Retina

iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, compares it to Retina

With the teardown of the new Retina MacBook Pro out of the way, iFixit has turned its attention to the regular MacBook Pro that was refreshed with Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors. While the gang wasn’t too crazy about the lack of the Retina MacBook Pro’s repairability, the vanilla version seems to fare better, receiving a 7/10 score. In the process of the teardown, iFixit has compared some of the internals to the Retina MacBook Pro.

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MacBook Pro Retina Display shares secrets in teardown

MacBook Pro Retina Display shares secrets in teardown

Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display may have terrified the teardown experts with its tightly-packed chassis and blithe disregard for user-repair, but they couldn't resist returning to open up the high-res screen. iFixit couldn't get the new Pro's lid open in time for their original teardown, but with new tools in hand they took a second shot at discovering how Apple had managed to accommodate so many pixels in so slim a component.

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Retina MacBook Pro teardown reveals new heights of user-inaccessibility

Retina MacBook Pro teardown reveals new heights of user-inaccessibility

Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display has gone through the traditional gadget rite of passage, the ceremonial teardown, and it's clear that a compact form-factor demands a compromise in repairability. In fact, iFixit says, it's incredibly difficult to open up and access the components inside, being awarded the worst possible score for the potential for user-repair. The struggle begins from the outset, with Apple's proprietary pentalobe screws making an appearance for the first time on a MacBook (and demanding a special driver), and continues all the way through.

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New iPad gets teardown treatment

New iPad gets teardown treatment

US sales of the new iPad don't start for hours yet, but Australian buyers of Apple's third-gen tablet have already started collecting their slates, and teardown merchant iSuppli was at the front of the line. Wasting no time - after all, who knows what magic might be inside that slender chassis - out came the screwdrivers, plastic thingamajigs and dayglo orange suction cups to get to the meat of the new model.

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