Teardown

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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HERO4 Session teardown cracks GoPro’s latest camera

HERO4 Session teardown cracks GoPro’s latest camera

GoPro recently introduced its new GoPro HERO4 Session, a cube-shaped camera that greatly resembles Polaroid's Cube camera. The Session deviates a fair bit from the other HERO cameras. Aside from being cube-shaped, it features single-button operation and is only a fraction of the regular HERO4's size. Now the folks at iFixit have gotten their hands on the small camera, and they've given us a look inside by busting it open.

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iFixit’s LG G4 teardown gets 8 out of 10 in repairability

iFixit’s LG G4 teardown gets 8 out of 10 in repairability

iFixit is back with what they do best: another teardown and analysis of a new mobile device. This time they've tackled the new LG G4, offering a detailed look at each part, as well a few X-ray views of several components. If you're a new G4 owner and are wondering how well it did, iFixit ranked it a 8 out of 10 in repairability, a very good score! If you're still thinking of picking one up after this, be sure to check out our review to see what makes it one of the best Android devices available right now.

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Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

As devices get more powerful, their innards also get more sophisticated, usually leading to harder to repair contraptions of doom and gloom. That's why when an equally powerful device gets an iFixit score of 9 out of 10, there is much reason for rejoicing and praise. Granted, the Pebble Time isn't the most complex smartwatch in the market, but for its abilities, its price, and its battery life, a high repairability score pretty much puts it in our Santa's wishlist already. And we're only in May!

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Apple Watch S1 SoC teardown shows custom processor

Apple Watch S1 SoC teardown shows custom processor

The beloved iFixit has already torn the Apple Watch apart, but those teardowns are meant to gauge repairability, not get gritty with the details on specs. While we might glean a thing or two from them, the overall aim is to let us know how much of a pain in the wallet it’s going to be when we bust our tech up. After that teardown, we’re now getting a better look at what makes the Apple Watch actually tick, and guess what — it really is pretty groundbreaking.

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