Teardown

iPad Pro iFixit discoveries: space-eating speakers, gobs of glue

iPad Pro iFixit discoveries: space-eating speakers, gobs of glue

Now that the iPad Pro is out, at least online, it's time for iFixit to do its magic. Hopefully this time they've got their legal stuff covered. Being the most unconventional Apple device, the iPad Pro is, of course, the most curious. And we're not even speaking only about its external body and features. Naturally, it's a challenge that the teardown experts could never resist and challenged they were indeed, with the iPad Pro holding many secrets. And not all of them good for repairing.

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Sony Xperia Z5 teardown shows a few hidden traps

Sony Xperia Z5 teardown shows a few hidden traps

As smartphones get loaded with hardware features, the space inside them gets more cramped. And as they start sporting premium looking, metallic, unibody designs, they also start to get tighter and harder to open up, making teardowns, originally meant for repairing devices, harder every new generation. Sony's latest smartphones are no exception, though fortunately they aren't as difficult as, say, a Nexus 6P. That said, there were still a few gotcha's and pitfalls in the Sony Xperia Z5 ready to ensnare unwitting technicians. Luckily, this teardown guide uncovers almost all of them.

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Microsoft Surface Book teardown by iFixit gets lowest repairability score

Microsoft Surface Book teardown by iFixit gets lowest repairability score

Microsoft's latest flagship device, the Surface Book laptop/tablet hybrid, has just been subjected to the iFixit teardown process. The repair experts clearly detail the device's interesting internal components and the unique layout, but they also reveal why the Surface Book is nearly impossible to repair, and should never be attempted by a user. In the end it was given a repairability score of 1 out of 10, just about the lowest there is.

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Nexus 6P gets iFixit teardown, scores a painful 2 in repairability

Nexus 6P gets iFixit teardown, scores a painful 2 in repairability

Last week saw the repair experts at iFixit tear into the new Nexus 5X smartphone, giving it a mostly positive score when it comes to repairability, but now they've subjected the Nexus 6P to their teardown process as well. While the new Android flagship definitely has a premium feel thanks to its aluminum unibody, that build design makes the Nexus 6P difficult to disassemble, and in turn, repair. This unfortunately means the device received a score far below the Nexus 5X's 7 out of 10.

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Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

It's hard to deny that the latest Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft's most beautiful device yet, but you do know what they say about beauty sometimes being only skin deep. Teardown experts iFixit took Microsoft's latest "tablet to replace your laptop" to discover hidden treasures inside as well as to measure how easy, or hard, it would be to repair. Suffice it to say, this is one tablet you will definitely want to handle with extra care, not just because of its price, but also because of its repairability.

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iFixit’s Nexus 5X verdict: easy peasy to repair

iFixit’s Nexus 5X verdict: easy peasy to repair

Smartphones are getting more and more sophisticated these days, but they are also getting more and more enclosed. Gone are the days when you simply bought a spare battery to replace a dying one in a blink of an eye, depending on how fast you can swap the two. So when iFixit tore down the Nexus 5X made by LG and discovered it to be a relatively easy process, there is cause for surprise and merriment. Of course, you're unlikely to do the repairs yourself, but it at least bodes well for those who will do it for you.

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Galaxy Note 5 teardown reveals difficult to repair LCD

Galaxy Note 5 teardown reveals difficult to repair LCD

For the most part if your smartphone display breaks odds are you will be taking it somewhere to get the screen replaced. If you are the sort who prefers to DIY the repairs a new teardown has landed of the Galaxy Note 5 smartphone. Whether or not you ever plan to open your own Note 5, it's always interesting to see that our gadgets look like on the inside.

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Apple Magic Keyboard, Mouse 2, Trackpad 2 get iFixit teardown treatment

Apple Magic Keyboard, Mouse 2, Trackpad 2 get iFixit teardown treatment

Hot on the heels of their teardown of the new 21.5-inch Retina iMac, the repair folks at iFixit have published their breakdown of Apple's new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2. The new accessories were announced alongside the refreshed desktop computer this week, and along with an updated industrial design (excluding the mouse), all three now feature a Lightning port for charging their now internal batteries.

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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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