Teardown

New iPad parts most expensive yet

New iPad parts most expensive yet

Apple spends more to make its new iPad than on any version of the tablet before, making less profit on each slate according to production research, with the Retina Display being a particular culprit. The calculations appear to confirm early suggestions that Apple's profit margin on the new iPad has been shaved away, with IHS iSuppli saying that the new iPad is around 9-percent more expensive in component costs compared to its iPad 2 equivalent at launch. Some of the increased costs are down to accommodating Apple's ambitions in functionality without compromising user experience.

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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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PS Vita spills its guts

PS Vita spills its guts

Sony's PS Vita has gone through a rite of passage today, a teardown to expose its delicate guts: the consumer electronics equivalent of frat hazing. The new portable fell under the attack of iFixit's multitool set, but actually gets a thumbs up for most of its physical design: the screws are all standard, unlike Apple's tendency to use proprietary ones on the iPhone, and many of the components are modular and thus easily replaced.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets teardown treatment

Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets teardown treatment

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus has gone under the knife - or the screwdriver at least - to bare its silicon guts in the now-traditional post launch teardown. While we've already seen what's going on inside the HSPA+ version of the Samsung smartphone, ZDNet's breakdown of the LTE model shows there are some big differences when you get past the 4.65-inch Contour Display and 100mAh bigger battery.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Teardown reveals glass and display fused, low soldering

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Teardown reveals glass and display fused, low soldering

With the USA release of the Galaxy Nexus on the horizon and many folks on the outside of the states with the international edition in their hands already, we've only to cry in a corner until Verizon lets loose the device - but until then, we can dream with things like this iFixit teardown released today. What the folks over at the teardown palace have revealed is that not only is the Galaxy Nexus right in the middle of the pack when it comes to repairability, it's basically as simple on the inside as it is on the out. Not just one whole heck of a lot of surprises are contained within, but some pointers on how well you should treat the device do reveal themselves.

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DROID Razr torn down with Dozuki saw and video effects

DROID Razr torn down with Dozuki saw and video effects

While Verizon and Motorola assure us that the back of the DROID RAZR by Motorola is not meant to be removed and that the battery is certainly not meant to be replaceable, the folks at iFixit never ever take no for an answer, starting their traditional teardown process with no less than the traditional Japanese saw known as the Dozuki. Of course there was no real need for this since there actually is a fingernail hole at the top of the device and snaps all around the edges that a non-terrifying instrument like your finger could work apart, but the glue between the battery and the back will make for a more difficult take-apart process for you. Then take note of the Kevlar, and be sure to remember that Kevlar in this state is both flexible and definitely not bulletproof - iFixit reminds us that bulletproof Kevlar is actually layers and layers of similar material backed up with a ceramic plate -- in other words, no bullets please!

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Amazon boosts Kindle Fire production amid risky loss-lead strategy

Amazon boosts Kindle Fire production amid risky loss-lead strategy

Amazon has ramped up Kindle Fire tablet production to in excess of 5m units before the year is out, supply chain sources have revealed, amid continued strong pre-order demand for the 7-inch ereader slate. Original production estimates were around 3.5m units in 2011, DigiTimes highlights, with that figure already being bumped once, mid-Q3, to 4m. However the loss-leading risk of the ebook retailer's advertising and media-sales supported model has been highlighted by a new teardown of the $79 Kindle that suggests Amazon loses more than $5 on every sale.

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iPhone 4S component cost is $188; Samsung edged out

iPhone 4S component cost is $188; Samsung edged out

We've already seen what's inside the iPhone 4S thanks to the traditional post-launch teardown, but how much exactly do all those shiny parts cost? iSuppli has crunched the numbers and reckons a fifth-gen iPhone costs Apple as little as $188 in components; they've also spotted a selection of new supplier parts, some of which occupy space previously held by Samsung.

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iPhone 4S suffers teardown treatment

iPhone 4S suffers teardown treatment

Having your circuits exposed, RAM revealed and baseband boggled at is a rite of passage for any smartphone worth its salt, and so it was clear the iPhone 4S would have to suffer the teardown treatment. Apple's new dualcore smartphone has been vigorously hazed by the screwdriver-toting engineers at iFixit, revealing a larger battery among other things.

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iPod nano 7th gen teardown reveals supplier swap

iPod nano 7th gen teardown reveals supplier swap

Apple's new iPod nano has undergone the teardown treatment, with the updated 7th generation PMP now revealed as having a quiet change in component suppliers. After stripping down the new media player to its component parts, iFixit discovered Apple has shifted from Toshiba to SanDisk flash memory as well as making more obvious software changes.

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch Teardown

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Teardown

As it does come to pass with all amazing and fantastic devices, so too must it happen with the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch - a teardown, one that will leave this device in bits for the whole world to see. The folks at ifixit have torn apart this first Galaxy S II to hit the shores of the USA piece by piece for you and I, and with their perfectly accurate lighting situations and cameras with HD resolution output, we'll be looking rather deeply and in full detail at this lovely amalgamation.

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iFixit guts the Motorola Droid Bionic in latest teardown

iFixit guts the Motorola Droid Bionic in latest teardown

The big smartphone release of this month was certainly the Droid Bionic by Motorola. You can pick the smartphone up right now with the device officially on sale as of yesterday in Verizon stores and on Amazon. iFixit is apt to get their hands on the latest deices just long enough to tear them up and this time is no different. The gang has ripped up its Droid Bionic for us to check out.

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