Teardown

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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Super Slim PS3 torn apart by iFixit

Super Slim PS3 torn apart by iFixit

We know the folks at iFixit love to perform tear downs on new devices to determine how easy they are to repair, and even the brand new Super Slim PS3 isn't safe. It's the subject of iFixit's latest teardown, so if you've ever wanted to see the innards of a PS3 all laid out in front of you, now's your chance. The big question is: what changes has Sony made to the PS3 in order to not only make it smaller, but also bring down the cost of production?

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Apple A6 teardown reveals dual-core CPU, tri-core GPU power

Apple A6 teardown reveals dual-core CPU, tri-core GPU power

A teardown of Apple's A6 mobile processor powering the new iPhone 5 has revealed some details this afternoon. Like many of their previous processors there's been a lot of mystery around just what exactly is powering the new device, but thanks to iFixit we now have an in depth teardown of the A6 processor itself.

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iPhone 5 teardown exposes its juicy LTE guts

iPhone 5 teardown exposes its juicy LTE guts

It's a rite of passage - or a terrible torture - for every high profile gadget, and the iPhone 5 is no different: teardown time. The plucky dismantlers over at iFixit have wielded their spudgers and screwdrivers and stripped Apple's new wünderslab down to its component parts, revealing the Qualcomm LTE radio and the brand spanking new Apple A6 chipset in the process.

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iPhone 5 16GB costs $207 to produce according to IHS iSuppli

iPhone 5 16GB costs $207 to produce according to IHS iSuppli

The iPhone 5 features a number of hardware improvements over iPhones of the past, but how much are those improvements costing Apple? That's what IHS iSuppli is determined to find out in its latest teardown, but this one is a little bit different than the teardowns were used to from IHS iSuppli. You see, the folks at IHS iSuppli haven't gotten their hands on an iPhone 5 just yet, so this is a "virtual" teardown based on the specifications Apple has announced, combined with prior knowledge of Apple's suppliers and manufacturing partners.

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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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