Teardown

HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

Thankfully, HTC offers UH OH protection for the One M9. The stated goal is to make life easier on us by allowing a device replacement for simple drops or tumbles that do things like crack the screen. The real reason might be that the device is far too difficult to repair without some deep technical know-how. The crew at iFixit just tore down the HTC One M9, and what we see is a puzzle of glue and screws, and a device that you wouldn’t even want to try fixing yourself.

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iFixit teardown gives closer look at Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad

iFixit teardown gives closer look at Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad

As they are wont to do, iFixit has come through with another teardown of a new product. This time, the team is ripping apart the new MacBook Air and Pro models, which are largely unchanged. Of special interest is the new Force Touch trackpad Apple is rolling out across their notebook computer lineup. The new-look trackpad doesn’t click, but it does offer feedback. Rather than feeling the surface of the trackpad give, you’ll get a buzz. But how does it work?

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Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

What follows is not a full teardown of the Samsung Gear VR. We're not going to go through all the steps involved in finding the right screwdrivers, spudgers, pins and all that. Instead we're going to go through the basics for two groups of people. First, the people that own Gear VR units that want to get inside without destroying their device. Second, for people who want to see what this device is made of. To the untrained eye, it's certainly not made of a lot, that's for certain.

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Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

There's really nothing too next-level about this little gaming machine - unless you consider all of its processing power and super-refined hardware. "If you think about it," says iFixit, "the newest of the new Nintendo 3DS XL is basically a small laptop." With a 3D screen, of course, as well as a triple-camera setup, CPU, RAM, Flash, and the ability to run high-powered software. That's a general way of looking at it - but it's true, isn't it? Let's have a peek inside.

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Amazon Echo teardown: easy to fix if you know how

Amazon Echo teardown: easy to fix if you know how

Listen up! The Amazon Echo has been given the teardown treatment. The device that’s always listening, waiting for you to give instructions or tell it what you want to buy from Amazon, has been torn apart by iFixit. Not holding much back, the Amazon Echo is a lot of speaker and simple circuitry; but it’s not got a lot to do, so we’ll forgive the simple internals on this one. We also appreciate how easily repairable the Echo is, scoring a 7 out of 10 on iFixit’s scale.

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Nexus 6 teardown: screwed and glued, but easy to fix

Nexus 6 teardown: screwed and glued, but easy to fix

Now that the Nexus 6 has been out for a bit, it’s time for a teardown. As they almost always do, iFixit is here to gently pry open and disembowel the latest from Google and Motorola. Like a surgical procedure for the technologically macabre, a teardown gives a good look at just what’s going on beneath the screen. The teardown also provides some important details on what components are under the hood, and how best to repair or replace them.

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Nexus 9 teardown: you’re going to need a case

Nexus 9 teardown: you’re going to need a case

HTC may have put the Nexus 9 on a deep discount today, but that won’t help you much if you need to repair it. As they often do, iFixit has torn down the tablet, and proved how repairable it is. Or isn’t. An extremely low score suggests this is one you’ll need to take care of in a big way, discounted or not. Even the more routine fixes will require a great deal of skill, and likely expensive replacement parts.

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iPad Air 2 registers with “secret” NFC? Not so fast…

iPad Air 2 registers with “secret” NFC? Not so fast…

Signs of NFC hardware in the iPad Air 2 have prompted speculation that Apple could turn the tablet into an Apple Pay cash register replacement, though it's almost certain not to be something the company could enable in this generation. A recent teardown of the new 9.7-inch tablet found that it contains the same NFC chip as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Since Apple doesn't list NFC among the iPad Air 2's connectivity options, that has led to chatter that it's a feature-in-waiting; however, it's unlikely to pan out that way.

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iPad Air 2 teardown confirms Apple did not defy laws of physics

iPad Air 2 teardown confirms Apple did not defy laws of physics

Wondering what mysteries are inside the iPad Air 2? Apple didn't leave itself much room for surprises in its new flagship tablet, with the 6.1 mm slate not only the company's thinnest, but also its most powerful. As we found in our review of the iPad Air 2, components like the 1.49GHz tri-core Apple A8X processor and the newly fully-laminated display certainly keep iOS 8.1 moving along swiftly, but the team over at iFixit are more intrigued about how they all fit together physically.

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Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Following the iMac teardown late last week comes the folks at iFixit again, who have this time gotten down and dirty with the newest Mac Mini. You'd expect from the look of things that it would largely rate the same as the previous model, but sometimes appearances can be deceitful, as was apparently the case this time. Said iFixit, "Apple took one of their most-fixable, most-upgradable products and broke it." How, you ask? We've got all the details -- and a few pictures -- for you after the jump.

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