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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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BB Priv screen easy to remove says guy who bends Nexus 6Ps

BB Priv screen easy to remove says guy who bends Nexus 6Ps

It might not be able to completely saved the company, but the BlackBerry Priv is indeed worthy of a bit of praise. A quality build which BlackBerry is quite popular for is finally paired with a mobile platform that won't leave users begging for more. It is, however, also an expensive device, which would make your hear skip a beat should it fall down screen first on the pavement. But worry not, says JerryRigEverything, as that screen is easy peasy to remove and replace should it suffer that fate.

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iPad Pro Smart Keyboard iFixit teardown peels back the conductive fabric

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard iFixit teardown peels back the conductive fabric

The teardown pros iFixit have already opened up Apple's new iPad Pro, as well as the Apple Pencil, so the only other major accessory for the tablet awaiting the treatment was the Smart Keyboard. iFixit published its impressions of the Smart Keyboard this week, sharing photos of the keyboard and smart cover combo in its progressive state of disassembly. Seeing as how it's made of layers of fabric and plastic sewn together, it really isn't meant to be taken apart, and thus scored very poorly in the site's repairability category.

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Apple Pencil iFixit teardown reveals small, folded logic board

Apple Pencil iFixit teardown reveals small, folded logic board

While the new iPad Pro has been available for just over a week now, most buyers are still waiting on shipments of the tablet's fancy new stylus, the Apple Pencil. As always, however, iFixit has managed to get one of the first, and has already pulled it apart for our enjoyment. The teardown experts really had to work to get the writing tool open, as in cut it open with a small saw, but inside they found some surprising tech.

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Fairphone 2 scores an astounding perfect 10 on iFixit

Fairphone 2 scores an astounding perfect 10 on iFixit

Beating Google's Project Ara by about a year, the Fairphone 2 launched last month to bring part of the dream of a modular smartphone to life. Though not as high spec'ed as a flagship and not even as ambitious as Ara, the Fairphone 2 did seem to manage to deliver on most of its promises, including the use of conflict-free materials. Now, iFixit has put the smartphone through its own well-known rigid tests to see if the Fairphone 2's modularity also equals repairability in this case.

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