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Galaxy S21 iFixit teardown score is nothing to be proud of

Galaxy S21 iFixit teardown score is nothing to be proud of

There was a time when Apple produced some of the most repair-unfriendly products and while some still do better in that regard, there are now others who have also done worse. It seems that Samsung's obsession to one-up Apple in almost every sense may have backfired a bit in this year's Galaxy flagships. The Galaxy S21, the most affordable of the three available models, does have some things going for it when it comes to third-party or self-repair but nothing to save it from getting a disappointing mark on iFixit's scale.

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AirPods Max iFixit teardown discovers the reason for the price tag

AirPods Max iFixit teardown discovers the reason for the price tag

As always, Apple launched the AirPods Max with a premium price tag that proved to be controversial even among fans of the company. And as always, too, that price tag is being justified by appeals to sound quality as well as design. Now, iFixit has finally concluded its month-long investigation of the headphones and, despite the self-repair experts' opinion of most Apple products, may have found points that at least justify that $550 figure to some extent.

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AirPods Max early iFixit teardown doesn’t bode well for repairs

AirPods Max early iFixit teardown doesn’t bode well for repairs

Apple has never been a fan of third-party repairs and has actively worked to thwart such attempts. Whether it's by hardware triggers or through some software verification process, the company has tried to make it harder for those without authorized tools and software to take apart its products and put them back together again. Sometimes, though, the obstacles simply in the way the devices are designed and the latest AirPods Max definitely seems to fall into that category.

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PlayStation 5 teardown arrives: Simple maintenance, difficult repairs

PlayStation 5 teardown arrives: Simple maintenance, difficult repairs

The iFixit team has published their teardown of Sony's latest and greatest console, the PlayStation 5. This massive unit packs a considerable amount of hardware in its curved, sleek shell, as well as certain elements designed to make maintenance simple -- as well as a few that make repairs much harder to pull off yourself.

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro iFixit teardown reveals a repairability mess

Huawei Mate 40 Pro iFixit teardown reveals a repairability mess

Companies don't like it when other people, at least people not blessed by them, open up their products even if it is in the name of fixing them. Most discourage third-party repairs through warnings and warranties but some like Apple take more aggressive approaches. To some extent, Huawei isn't exactly as bad as its rival in that area but it seems that it may have unintentionally made its Huawei Mate 40 Pro nearly impossible to repair without even trying, all because the phone seems to be a mess of components inside.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max iFixit teardown puts size into perspective

iPhone 12 Pro Max iFixit teardown puts size into perspective

Apple's yearly selection of iPhone models has somewhat become complicated, starting with just one until the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014. This year, it has no less than four models to choose from but it's pretty clear which one is the best if you have money to burn. The iPhone 12 Pro Max packs everything that Apple could cram into a phone and iFixit takes a good look inside to see if size does matter in the end.

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iPhone 12 mini iFixit teardown reveals what shrunk to fit everything

iPhone 12 mini iFixit teardown reveals what shrunk to fit everything

Apple has definitely come a long way since the early years of the iPhone, back when it launched at most just two models per year. This year, it went all out and launched not just three like last year but four iPhone 12 options, including what was formally named the iPhone 12 mini. It is, however, mini only in comparison to the other three but, despite the size, Apple still managed to cram almost all the basic features but not without compromising on at least one important spec.

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Xbox Series X teardown reveals the massive cooling system

Xbox Series X teardown reveals the massive cooling system

Now that the Xbox Series X is out in the wild, it's time to take a closer look at its insides. The first step is always the most difficult, as it requires that the user break the seal - and effectively void any guarantees they had for repairs with Microsoft and/or the 3rd-party retail company from which they've purchased their Xbox Series X. Once we're inside, the fine folks at iFixit provide a lovely list of identified components.

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PS5 DualSense Controller iFixit teardown sends mixed messages

PS5 DualSense Controller iFixit teardown sends mixed messages

Some might take for granted how sophisticated a game controller can be, especially when compared to a more complicated console it's paired with. Given how much more wear and tear it faces, however, it's even more crucial for these essential gaming accessories to be more modular and repairable. The DualSense controllers for the PlayStation 5 are definitely not your run of the mill gamepad and iFixit's teardown proves just how more complicated it has become in some ways while still being repairable in others.

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iPhone 12 iFixit teardown reveals modular design for simple repairs

iPhone 12 iFixit teardown reveals modular design for simple repairs

The iFixit team has wrapped up its teardown of Apple's new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, giving consumers a look under the hood at what makes the devices tick, what has changed over the previous model, and the kinds of difficulties one may face if they attempt to fix the phone on their own. In addition to disassembling the iPhone 12, the team also took apart the MagSafe power puck introduced with the new models.

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Apple Watch Series 6 teardown details subtle changes and repairability score

Apple Watch Series 6 teardown details subtle changes and repairability score

The iFixit team has published their teardown of the newly announced Apple Watch Series 6 smartwatch, detailing the device's various components and the notable changes over the previous model, as well as revealing how difficult the watch will be to repair. The teardown details the Apple Watch Series 6 featuring LTE and GPS that is now available to purchase.

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Galaxy Z Fold 2 teardown shows improved design, better repairability

Galaxy Z Fold 2 teardown shows improved design, better repairability

The price that consumers have to pay for novel and futuristic devices like foldable phones goes beyond the literal price tag. The longevity of these devices, given their youth, also needs to be factored into the decision-making process. It was really no surprise that the Galaxy Fold would fail almost spectacularly in its durability and repairability but Samsung has now had more than a year to get things right or at least better this time. Fortunately for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, that does seem to be the case but iFixit still has some reservations about it.

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