Teardown

Some 2012 iMac “Assembled in USA” tips tricky teardown

Some 2012 iMac “Assembled in USA” tips tricky teardown

Apple has shifted some assembly of its new 2012 iMac to the US from China, a teardown of the updated all-in-one computer has revealed, though the extent to which US labor and expertise have been relied upon is unclear. The new OS X machine torn down by iFixit bears the legend "Assembled in USA" where usually you'd expect to see "Assembled in China" on other Apple hardware, though while the Mac may have been pieced together closer to home, the chances of repairing it yourself have decreased dramatically.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 teardown shows Samsung innards

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 teardown shows Samsung innards

It would appear that Samsung is the big winner as far as hardware goes in the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, with no less than three major components appearing in the teardown appearing today. The folks at Powerbook Medic have shown a simple teardown process this afternoon to show how simple (or difficult) it is to repair this device, showing everyone in the doubter class that even though your biggest competitor might want you out of the market, that wont stop them from taking your cash when you want components.

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Wii U teardown reveals dedicated Miracast for smooth GamePad action

Wii U teardown reveals dedicated Miracast for smooth GamePad action

Nintendo's Wii U has been giving up some of its hardware secrets, with a post-launch teardown of the next-gen console revealing its advantages over the original Wii as well as how the GamePad controller delivers its magic. Released in the US yesterday, and promptly cracked open by AnandTech, the Wii U appears fairly repair-friendly, with an easy to open chassis only offset by some delicate connections soldered rather than plugged together, but it's the speed improvement over the Wii that many gamers will care about.

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Nexus 10 gets complete teardown

Nexus 10 gets complete teardown

Earlier today, we showed you the Nexus 4 getting its time on the surgery table, and now Google's new 10-inch tablet, the Nexus 10, is making its teardown debut. The folks at PowerbookMedic (not iFixit for once) are the first to publish a comprehensive photo essay of taking apart the Nexus 10. The result ended up being a pretty easy tablet to take apart.

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iPad mini teardown shows cost to manufacture of $188

iPad mini teardown shows cost to manufacture of $188

Whenever a new high-profile device is released, we can count on a number of teardowns from a variety of different sources to show us its innards. One of these sources is IHS iSuppli, which has delivered its teardown report for the new iPad mini. In its teardown, IHS iSuppli found that the cheapest iPad mini costs only $188 to produce.

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iPad 4 teardown: More of the same (and a missed opportunity)

iPad 4 teardown: More of the same (and a missed opportunity)

Apple's fourth-gen iPad may have been a bit-player alongside the iPad mini at the launch event last week, but the 9.7-inch tablet still gets its time under the screwdriver. The tricksy teardown merchants at iFixit have wasted no time in putting the iOS slate in its place: that is, in separate pieces splayed across the table. Unsurprisingly, the team there don't rate it highly for DIY repairability; more unexpected, though, is news that Apple didn't really make the most of the changes it implemented.

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iPad mini gets teardown treatment

iPad mini gets teardown treatment

Apple's iPad mini has gone under the knife, with the 7.9-inch tablet enduring the embarrassing rite of passage as it's torn component from component in a ritual teardown. The cads at iFixit managed to get their hands on an early-delivery of the new mini - which is set to hit preorder customers from tomorrow, Friday November 2 - to see what's going on inside.

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Microsoft Surface gets complete teardown

Microsoft Surface gets complete teardown

Microsoft's latest piece of hardware, the Surface tablet running Windows RT, has been placed on the surgery bed and was given a full dissection by the fellows over at iFixit. While they were able to tear it apart completely, it wasn't an easy feat, and they came across some obstacles along the way.

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Mac mini late-2012 teardown: Well packed but repair friendly

Mac mini late-2012 teardown: Well packed but repair friendly

Apple's Mac mini may be a masterpiece of origami, but that hasn't stopped the teardown merchants from unleashing their screwdriver sets on the compact desktop. The tinkerers at iFixit have pinned down the new late-2012 model, announced earlier this week, and yanked out its silicon guts to see how flexible it might me. Despite the small size, however, the score is pretty good: 8 out of 10 for repairability.

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Teardown time for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

Teardown time for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

Apple tried to dissuade the teardown merchants from ripping apart the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display by showing exactly what was folded inside during its Tuesday keynote, but to no avail. The new pixel-packed portable has shown up on the cruel teardown bench of iFixit, only to be dismantled to its slimline parts. Overall, the news for those (few) wanting to do DIY maintenance is not good: the notebook scores just 2 out of 10 for repairability.

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New iPod Nano gets complete teardown

New iPod Nano gets complete teardown

Apple announced a completely-redesigned iPod Nano last month during its iPhone 5 event where the company also launched a new iPod Touch. We already saw iFixit's complete teardown of the new iPod Touch and the iPhone 5, so naturally it's now the new iPod Nano's turn up on the chopping block. And since the iPod Nano is so...nano-like, it doesn't take long for the explorers at iFixit to dismantle the thing.

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iPod Touch 5th generation gets full teardown

iPod Touch 5th generation gets full teardown

It didn't seem like quite an official release day for the new iPod Touch, but yesterday was the day users started to receive their units in the mail. We even got our hands on one as well, but iFixit ended up gutting the device to see what was on the inside. They didn't find too many surprises, but they noted that the device's repairability was unsurprisingly lacking.

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