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Retina iPad mini gutted by iFixit

Retina iPad mini gutted by iFixit

You'll find a rather familiar set of bits inside the iPad mini with Retina display this week from the likes of iFixit. The folks notoriously attached to the term "teardown" have found this machine to work with a repairability rating of 2 out of 10 - not so fantastic - but the whole organization of this device's innards are fantastically simple nonetheless. Inside you'll find a variety of parts from brands like Toshiba, NXP, and Elpida too.

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PlayStation 4 teardown placed squarely in Sony’s hands

PlayStation 4 teardown placed squarely in Sony’s hands

In the weeks before the PlayStation 4 is released to the public, a rather non-traditional teardown of the machine has commenced. What you're seeing here is a collaboration between Sony's engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori and Wired, taking apart the PlayStation 4 piece by piece inside Sony headquarters. This tour is not the same sort of teardown as you'll see at the hands of iFixit - instead it's more of a cut-up readied for the gamers of the world.

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Nexus 5 iFixit teardown shows Synaptics, Sandisk, SK Hynix innards

Nexus 5 iFixit teardown shows Synaptics, Sandisk, SK Hynix innards

While the majority of the insides of the Google Nexus 5 are, today in iFixit's teardown session, not appearing as big surprises, there are quite a few points of interest to be seen. Inside this beast of a smartphone you'll find - to every repair shop's glee - plastic clips holding the back of the machine down. This is very similar to the construction of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), allowing quick opening for fixing parts while keeping a strong hold for the common user.

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iPad Air iFixit teardown reveals Qualcomm, Broadcom, Toshiba inside

iPad Air iFixit teardown reveals Qualcomm, Broadcom, Toshiba inside

This week the folks at iFixit have taken their spudgers to the iPad Air, pulling it apart to reveal all the little bits and pieces that together make the smallest of the larger-end of iPad units on the market today. This device is indeed just hitting the market today, appearing at Apple Stores and 3rd-party retailers across the United States and abroad. It's likely most consumers will never see beyond the outer casing of this machine - but this community is all about going a whole lot deeper.

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MacBook Pro 2013 iFixit Teardowns point toward low repairability

MacBook Pro 2013 iFixit Teardowns point toward low repairability

Don't purchase a MacBook Pro this late 2013 season expecting to be able to repait it on your own any time in the near future - at least not by the judgement of the team at iFixit. They've made with the teardown of both the MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch units from this most recent season, and the results point toward some of the least user-friendly innards on the market. If you're not about repairing the hardware later on in the life of the machine's wear-and-tear yourself, you'll need no worries at all.

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Kindle Fire HDX 7 teardown shows LG display, low repairability

Kindle Fire HDX 7 teardown shows LG display, low repairability

Don't purchase the Kindle Fire HDX 7 expecting to be able to repair its inner bits on your own - that's what iFixit is suggesting this morning as they make with the relatively low 3 of 10 score for repairability on this machine. The Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch display up front, it was discovered, was made by LG, working with a device number LG LD070WU2-SM01. If that wasn't enough excitement for you, wait until you see how intense its touchscreen technology is - a real-deal Synaptics S7301B!

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iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

The teardown of the iPhone 5s has officially gotten microscopic. With the team at chipworks making it their mission to get down and dirty with the heartiest Apple chip on the market today, the iPhone 5s has joined the ranks of the devices that our current teardown culture has seen fit to take apart down to the tiniest of details. Tearing the top off the processor as you'd see it first when you pop off the back of the iPhone 5s (not recommended, by the way,) a new conglomeration is revealed.

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iMac 2013 sees iFixit teardown: SSD slot free for upgrade

iMac 2013 sees iFixit teardown: SSD slot free for upgrade

The teardown team at iFixit has taken the time to give a full run-down to the iMac reboot series appearing this week from Apple. What you'll find is a build quite similar to last year's collection of iMac devices, with a few exceptions - beyond that of the obvious upgrades. These models work with new Intel 4th generation Core processors - that's Haswell - along with several display sizes and the ability o work with a Fusion Drive.

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iPhone 5s gets iFixit teardown treatment

iPhone 5s gets iFixit teardown treatment

The folks over at iFixit have been busy today tearing into the new iPhone 5s, giving us all a look at what lies beneath its shiny metal exterior. The process took awhile, and reveals carefully packed hardware that -- upon first look, at least -- seems very similar to the iPhone 5's internals. From there it is all a piece-by-piece process, and we've got the details after the jump.

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