We've already seen the iPad 2 teardown, but who would've thought Apple's Smart Cover would deserve the teardown treatment by itself. Steve Jobs spent plenty of time waxing lyrical about the Smart Cover tech at the iPad 2 launch, and so iFixit took a closer look to see if it was worth the attention. The headline feature? A full twenty-one magnets.
We've already shown you the outside of the new early-2011 MacBook Pro 15, and given you a preview of what its quad-core guts are capable of, but iFixit seldom stop when screws get in the way. The teardown-team acquired a 15-inch MBP and set to work stripping its delicious unibody chassis apart, not happy until the bare Core i7 processor was visible.
Ah, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, just another Galaxy S family device only this time with a shot of HSPA+ for T-Mobile USA, right? That's certainly what you'd expect, but the teardown-terrors at iFixit have still taken it upon themselves to rip the poor Android smartphone open and dig around, soothsayer-style, in its electrical entrails.
iFixit has been at it again, whipping out the adjustable spanner set (well, a selection of Torx screwdrivers actually) and taking on Verizon's iPhone 4. We've already given the CDMA smartphone a good going over in our full Verizon iPhone 4 review, but now we get to see the changes inside the iOS handset too. The biggest point of interest is the Qualcomm MDM6600 radio chipset, which actually could've been used to make the Verizon iPhone 4 into a so-called world phone.
Apple has quietly changed its hardware to prevent hackers tampering with it, and it's a tweak at the most basic of levels: the screws that hold Apple gadgets together. According to iFixit, Apple has progressively shifted to a new type of tamper-resistant screw that isn't a regular Torx - the company describes them as "pentalobe security screws" - and normal electronics screwdriver sets can't handle them.
Oh those folks at iFixit, they're so wild in their need to take everything apart. Come with me and see their unscrewing and note with me how they find Nexus S to be more of a gimmick than a feature-filled device. Ruh roh. Did they say gimmick? They sure did. They note first and foremost the fact that it's got a curved display and is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, saying basically that these shouldn't be enough to convince someone to purchase the brand new phone. They do say some nice things though! Or maybe they're just funny. They note that once the back of the phone is off, it looks like something out of Tron: Legacy. Then they say that you shouldn't give the battery to a baby. And you know good and well that it only gets better from there!
We've been waiting to see the Galaxy Tab torn down fully for some time now, having had our appetites whetted a few weeks back, and iFixt has done the honors. They found the Android slate's Gorilla Glass fascia took a fair amount of heat to remove, but otherwise all of the components are accessible without soldering and the huge battery is user-replaceable.
It's not so much a rite of passage, now, but an honor to be considered geekily-cool enough to be subject to an iFixit teardown, and latest to splay its circuits across the test bench is the Logitech Revue. The standalone Google TV STB has given up its secrets quite readily, with plenty of standard Phillips-head screws and generally standard connectors.