Teardown

2016 MacBook teardown: tamper-evident screws, still low score

2016 MacBook teardown: tamper-evident screws, still low score

As expected, Apple unveiled last week a new batch of Retina MacBooks that is visually indistinguishable from last year's model. That is, unless you get a Rose Gold version. Of course, you do get a beefier CPU and more capable battery, but almost everythin else is similar. It turns out, that similarity goes deep down into the MacBook's repairability. iFixit does its obligatory teardown of the device, finding very few good news inside. Well, except perhaps for the fortunate disappearance of Apple's previous tri-wing screws.

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LG G5’s modular design makes teardown and repair a breeze

LG G5’s modular design makes teardown and repair a breeze

LG has always bucked the trend when it came to certain features that its peers were seemingly throwing away. Particularly, it has stuck to replaceable batteries and microSD cards even when almost everyone else turned away from them. In that area, the LG G5 isn't that different, but the Korean manufacturer did one better. It took modularity to heart and implemented it in the very core of its flagship. The end result is probably one of the easiest high end, premium flagship to tear down and repair.

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iPad Pro 9.7 teardown says do NOT do this yourself

iPad Pro 9.7 teardown says do NOT do this yourself

The first thing you're going to want to know with a brand new iPad Pro 9.7-inch teardown is - should I tear mine down? Is it easy? Absolutely not. Over at iFixit they suggest that you'll have a "nail-biting 30-minute process of heating, blind prying, and suctioning" to make it begin to open. Don't do that. Leave it to the professionals. You're going to break it. We'd certainly break it, and not because we haven't tried tearing down electronics before.

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iPhone SE iFixit teardown: many interchangeable parts with iPhone 5s

iPhone SE iFixit teardown: many interchangeable parts with iPhone 5s

It is perhaps already a known fact that, except for a some key hardware components, the iPhone SE is pretty much a dead knocker for the iPhone 5s, both inside and out. What wasn't immediately evident, however, was how much those similar parts can actually be interchanged. That's the pleasant surprise that greeted iFixit when it finally tore through the iPhone SE. The good news: the journey is almost exactly like the iPhone 5s teardown. The bad news: so is the repairability score.

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iPhone SE teardown reveals four generations of hardware

iPhone SE teardown reveals four generations of hardware

The iPhone SE is already known to be an iPhone 6s in iPhone 5s clothing. What hasn't exactly been known is how much of Apple's smallest but latest smartphone is indeed composed of those more recent and more powerful pieces. Only a teardown can provide such insight and thanks to Chipworks, we now do. Thanks to the group, we are getting the first official look inside the iPhone SE, which apparently hides a few interesting surprises as far the the silicon is concerned.

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Oculus Rift CV1 teardown finds headset is decently repairable

Oculus Rift CV1 teardown finds headset is decently repairable

The folks at iFixit have taken apart the Oculus Rift CV1, the “real-deal” headset now shipping out to buyers and backers. As expected, there are some changes over the pre-release versions, two of which were likewise dismantled by the team. Ultimately, though, they found the headset to be moderately repairable with a score of 7 out of 10, citing the perma-head strap, “delicate” ribbon cables, and complex design as areas where DIYers will run into trouble.

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Galaxy S7 edge iFixit teardown: just as terrible to repair

Galaxy S7 edge iFixit teardown: just as terrible to repair

Smartphones are getting more sophisticated and also more intricate. While these initially translate to a better consumer experience, down the line, after a few years or even just months of usage, it could spell trouble. Smartphones are getting harder to repair, unless you are a seasoned and trained OEM technician. The Galaxy S7 is one of the most recent examples of that. While its slightly larger cousin, the Galaxy S7 edge, is thankfully not harder to repair despite its curved edge front, it is, sadly, just as difficult as the flat-faced version.

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Galaxy S7 screen makes repairs extremely difficult

Galaxy S7 screen makes repairs extremely difficult

In many fables and fairy tales, a common theme is how beauty, whether natural or acquired, comes at a price. It seems that is also applicable with smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S7 takes the fancy premium look of its predecessor, adds a few more curves at the back, and dishes a good amount of waterproofing. While those features are indeed mighty tasty, they unfortunately come with a compromise for the user down the line. iFixit has finally shared their teardown adventure and, to put it bluntly, it was a repairability nightmare.

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Galaxy S7 teardown confirms Sony camera sensor, Snapdragon 820

Galaxy S7 teardown confirms Sony camera sensor, Snapdragon 820

What do you do when you get a high-end, high-profile flagship smartphone a week or so ahead of everyone else in the world? Why, destroy it of course! For science! There is already one video with the usual brutal treatment given to smartphones to see whether they will scratch, burn, or bend. Here, however, we have a far more gentler and more meticulous teardown. The folks over at Chipworks dig deep into the Samsung Galaxy S7 to discover possible hidden treasures buried beneath the gaskets and "faux" liquid cooling.

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Galaxy S7 gets an unboxing in water, a teardown in Russia

Galaxy S7 gets an unboxing in water, a teardown in Russia

It's not unusual for new smartphones to get a teardown at one point or another, but the speed at which they happen is somewhat unprecedented. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were just announced, not even launched, Sunday and now someone in Russia has already torn it apart piece by piece. But before you can go through a smartphone, you have to go through its box first. And what better way to unbox a waterproof device than under water, which is exactly what T-Mobile just did.

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Apple Smart Battery Case teardown is “rudimentary”

Apple Smart Battery Case teardown is “rudimentary”

The folks at iFixit have done a rather simple teardown of the new iPhone Smart Battery Case by Apple. Inside they've found... well... just some basic parts, basically. They suggest that "for such a Smart battery, it looks like most of the brains probably live in software on your iPhone." They go on to suggest that they've only found "some rudimentary ICs inside." Let's have a peek at what they've found.

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Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

While the teardown experts iFixit have been busy lately with a number of new Apple products, they've found time to open up and offer a peek inside the Steam Controller, Valve's new gaming accessory that offers a completely different experience with its dual trackpads. iFixit found that at first glance the internal components weren't that different from what in other standard gaming controllers these days, but they came away very pleased with how little glue was used and how easy it could be repaired.

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