Teardown

Mac mini late-2012 teardown: Well packed but repair friendly

Mac mini late-2012 teardown: Well packed but repair friendly

Apple's Mac mini may be a masterpiece of origami, but that hasn't stopped the teardown merchants from unleashing their screwdriver sets on the compact desktop. The tinkerers at iFixit have pinned down the new late-2012 model, announced earlier this week, and yanked out its silicon guts to see how flexible it might me. Despite the small size, however, the score is pretty good: 8 out of 10 for repairability.

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Teardown time for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

Teardown time for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

Apple tried to dissuade the teardown merchants from ripping apart the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display by showing exactly what was folded inside during its Tuesday keynote, but to no avail. The new pixel-packed portable has shown up on the cruel teardown bench of iFixit, only to be dismantled to its slimline parts. Overall, the news for those (few) wanting to do DIY maintenance is not good: the notebook scores just 2 out of 10 for repairability.

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Super Slim PS3 torn apart by iFixit

Super Slim PS3 torn apart by iFixit

We know the folks at iFixit love to perform tear downs on new devices to determine how easy they are to repair, and even the brand new Super Slim PS3 isn't safe. It's the subject of iFixit's latest teardown, so if you've ever wanted to see the innards of a PS3 all laid out in front of you, now's your chance. The big question is: what changes has Sony made to the PS3 in order to not only make it smaller, but also bring down the cost of production?

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iPhone 5 16GB costs $207 to produce according to IHS iSuppli

iPhone 5 16GB costs $207 to produce according to IHS iSuppli

The iPhone 5 features a number of hardware improvements over iPhones of the past, but how much are those improvements costing Apple? That's what IHS iSuppli is determined to find out in its latest teardown, but this one is a little bit different than the teardowns were used to from IHS iSuppli. You see, the folks at IHS iSuppli haven't gotten their hands on an iPhone 5 just yet, so this is a "virtual" teardown based on the specifications Apple has announced, combined with prior knowledge of Apple's suppliers and manufacturing partners.

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Apple’s new EarPods get teardown treatment from iFixit

Apple’s new EarPods get teardown treatment from iFixit

Apple's new EarPods certainly look like they'll offer an improvement over the older earbuds, but just how much of an improvement is there? That's what the folks at iFixit are determined to find out, putting the EarPods in the spotlight as the subject of its latest teardown. Using an exacto knife, a metal spudger, and an iFixit-branded guitar pick, the iFixit gang pried and pulled apart the redesigned EarPods to see if they really can boast significant improvements over Earbuds of the past.

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Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 - that being the 7-inch display toting version of the tablet experience - has received its first official teardown, straight from the folks at iFixit. This teardown shows a rather clean looking construction complete with the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor powering the whole beast - the first big note here is the fact that the machine has a 1.2Ghz processor though TI claims it'll operate at up to 1.5Ghz. Also under the hood you'll find a Texas Instruments TWL6032 Fully Integrated Power Management IC and Samsung KLMAG2GE4A eMMC 16 GB Flash Memory and Flash Memory Controller as well.

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