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New 21.5-inch Retina iMac gets iFixit teardown, revealing non-upgradeable RAM

New 21.5-inch Retina iMac gets iFixit teardown, revealing non-upgradeable RAM

Another new Apple product has been released, and that means the repair specialists iFixit have conducted another one of their detailed teardowns. This week it's the new 21.5-inch Retina iMac that was just announced, complete with 4K display. As usual, iFixit spares nothing when it comes to revealing the particulars, but unfortunately due to non-upgradeable parts, the new iMac was given only a 1 out of 10 on their "repairability score."

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OWC tears down new iMacs, offers 64GB MaxRAM upgrade

OWC tears down new iMacs, offers 64GB MaxRAM upgrade

As hinted in previous leaks, Apple has indeed revealed new iMacs sporting high resolution retina screens. Alongside the expected 27-inch iMac model with a whopping 5K resolution, Apple also a new 21.5-inch iMac that sports 4K resolutions. Given how new they are to the market, it cannot be helped that some tinkerers would want to immediately pry them open and see what's inside. That's exactly what OWC, a.k.a. Other Wold Computing, did. Luckily, or hopefully, for them, they aren't hindered by an NDA unlike some other teardown experts.

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iPhone 6s display teardown reveals 3D Touch elements

iPhone 6s display teardown reveals 3D Touch elements

This morning iFixit has been at work tearing apart the iPhone 6s, showing the very many layers of the device's display now that it has 3D Touch. This technology is very similar to the "Force Touch" introduced in Apple's touchpad and Watch - here it has more levels of touch sensitivity for a greater number of abilities in apps. This 3D Touch feature is made possible by software as well as hardware - facilitated in this case by a capacitive sensor layer that wasn't present in past iPhone releases.

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iFixit’s Google Chromecast teardown reveals simple, heat dissipating dongles

iFixit’s Google Chromecast teardown reveals simple, heat dissipating dongles

As iFixit has been known to do, they've subjected another new tech device to their detailed teardown process. This time it was Google's new Chromecast 2015 and Chromecast Audio streaming dongles. The double teardown revealed that there's little to complicate the devices, and while repairability is close to nil, that doesn't play much of a factor here, as iFixit explains. They didn't apply their usual scoring system, since "These devices are essentially a board in a box."

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iPhone 6S waterproof? Nearly, and cleverly

iPhone 6S waterproof? Nearly, and cleverly

Today the folks at iFixit have released some teardown images of the iPhone 6S with specific regard given to the device's ability to be waterproof. The device appears to use technology Apple patented back in the year 2014, including strips of adhesive to seal the front glass panel and display to the back panel, and coating surrounding the cable connectors of all logic boards in the smartphone. Super-tiny differences in the mesh used for speakers was also used, this time finer than the previous generation.

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iPhone 6s teardown: taptic engine to blame for smaller battery

iPhone 6s teardown: taptic engine to blame for smaller battery

The time has finally come now that the iPhone 6s has started to land into the hands of eager users. A high-profile device such as this is, of course, temptation that iFixit couldn't resist. And considering how much has changed under the hood, it definitely holds enough curiosity to lure more than a few cats. But more than just the treasures hidden inside that Apple usually doesn't talk about, there is always one question that many users ask: how hard, or expensive, will it be to repair?

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Apple TV iFixit teardown reveals huge heat sink on top

Apple TV iFixit teardown reveals huge heat sink on top

Apple likes its devices slim and space conscious, which is one of the reasons why it consistently refuses to put larger, longer-lasting batteries inside its iPhones. The company, however, seems to have thrown that principle out the window with at least one of its latest products, the new Apple TV. At 35 mm tall, the latest Apple TV stands almost half an inch higher than the 23 mm of its predecessor. Thanks to iFixit's teardown, we now know why Apple chose to deviate from its usual design rules.

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iPad Mini 4 teardown: a hard to repair mini iPad Air 2

iPad Mini 4 teardown: a hard to repair mini iPad Air 2

New device, new teardown. As Apple's newest iPhones and iPads make their way to customers, iFixit asks the usual question it asks of any new device in the market: how easy, or hard, will it be to fix? Given how Apple's devices are tightly sealed contraptions, perhaps the terribly low final score of the new iPad Mini 4 isn't that shocking. But the little tablet did still manage to make some interesting revelations, like how this small tablet resembled more the iPad Air 2 than its immediate predecessor.

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Google OnHub teardown reveals low repairability

Google OnHub teardown reveals low repairability

Google’s OnHub router has been given the teardown treatment, and the conclusion is that if you must repair something in the device, you’ll probably find yourself having to replace it, instead. Google’s new router received an overall “repairability” score of only 4 out of 10, which is pretty low, but not the worst result we’ve seen. The one readily DIY-able component is the speaker, which can be swapped out if it goes bad by someone with basic tinkering skills.

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Poor baby BB-8 already gets a gruesome teardown

Poor baby BB-8 already gets a gruesome teardown

Sphero really made headlines when it revealed the mini BB-8, a smartphone controlled miniature version of what will be the next lovable mascot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Immediately, the small rolling droid endeared itself to many, especially considering it was made available on #ForceFriday. But as cute and lovable as the BB-8 maybe, inquisitive minds can't but help try to pry into the small robot and see how it works. Yes, the BB-8 just got a teardown and it's not for the faint of heart.

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OnePlus 2 iFixit verdict: easier to repair than predecessor

OnePlus 2 iFixit verdict: easier to repair than predecessor

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ are hogging all the attention right now, some still have the new-ish OnePlus 2 in their radars. That includes the iFixit team since, well, they won't be able to get their hands on the new Samsung phablets for a while. Although OnePlus has delayed shipping its latest flagship to the US by almost a month, they did give iFixit their own rare specimen just for the purpose of tearing it apart. Luckily, the outcome was more favorable than the last OnePlus.

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iPod touch 6th gen gutted by iFixit, scores low for repairability

iPod touch 6th gen gutted by iFixit, scores low for repairability

iFixit has been taking apart just about every new gadget that comes along for years now. The gutting of the devices is under the auspices of showing us how easy they would be to repair if you break them. Today I think we all pretty much know that our gadgets aren't very repairable. We still like to see our gadget porn though and this time out iFixit is gutting the new 6th generation iPod touch.

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