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Apple Watch Series 4 teardown reveals surprises the keynote didn’t mention

Apple Watch Series 4 teardown reveals surprises the keynote didn’t mention

Apple's ambitions for the Apple Watch Series 4 could hardly be described as humble, but according to a teardown of the smartwatch there's still some surprising news once you get inside the casing. Announced earlier this month alongside the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, the fourth-generation wearable packs a bigger screen and a new chipset, though some of the flagship features won't go live until later this year.

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iPhone Xs and Xs Max teardown reveal new battery tech

iPhone Xs and Xs Max teardown reveal new battery tech

With the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max launching in a number of regions around the world today, iFixit has delivered its anticipated pair of teardowns. It's doing things a bit differently this time around, as its taking a look at the internals of both the iPhone Xs and Xs Max side-by-side. If you were around for last year's iPhone X teardown, you're definitely going to see a few familiar sights here.

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Galaxy Note 9 teardown reveals powerful battery and huge heat pipe

Galaxy Note 9 teardown reveals powerful battery and huge heat pipe

iFixit it has published its complete teardown of the Galaxy Note 9, revealing a handset that is "very (very) similar" to the Note 8 model. There are some notable difference, including a larger battery and slightly wider body. Buyers hoping to repair problems at home are in for some bad news, though, as iFixit found ample amounts of glue that complicate things.

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Surface Go teardown reveals one saving grace

Surface Go teardown reveals one saving grace

Microsoft's Surface Go may be cheap, but you pay for that in dire repairability and hardware that's practically disposable, a teardown of the tablet has concluded. Launched as the entry-level model in the company's Windows 2-in-1 line-up, the baby Surface keeps one key part of its bigger siblings' DNA.

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Here’s how Apple’s new MacBook Pro keyboard actually performs

Here’s how Apple’s new MacBook Pro keyboard actually performs

Not since Baywatch in the days of Pamela Anderson has silicone proved so fascinating to so many, as Apple using it in the third-generation butterfly keyboard on the controversial 2018 MacBook Pro. The reworked keys are, Apple insists, all about reducing noise, but that hasn't stopped plentiful speculation that in reality they're intended to address the spate of stuck buttons that forced the Cupertino firm to offer free repairs.

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New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown: same old, same old

New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown: same old, same old

Apple just launched its mid-year lineup of MacBook Pros and not without some controversy, specifically around the keyboard. The mid-2018 generation features much-needed upgrades in specs but keeps everything else almost the same. One the one hand, that’s good for repairs since there’s nothing new to trip technicians up. On the other hand, it also means the MacBook Pro retains its low, low repairability score as well, which shouldn’t be news to anyone by now.

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New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

As you may have heard, Apple released new MacBook Pros earlier this week, featuring the usual processor and RAM updates, along with True Tone displays. Less touted, however, was an "improved third-generation keyboard" which only promises to offer a quieter typing experience. Apple didn't say anything about making real changes to the keyboard's butterfly switch mechanism, leaving us wondering if they'd even addressed the recently acknowledged "sticky key" problem. As it turns out, they did.

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If your iPhone does this, get it fixed ASAP

If your iPhone does this, get it fixed ASAP

Today we're having a peek at a little-known sign of an error in a number of iPhones purchased over the past several years. The error appears in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and it shows itself as a "graying out" of apps. Once the graying begins, the phone cannot be shut down, or it becomes stuck in a boot loop the likes of which only an opening up of the phone can fix.

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OnePlus 6 teardown shows that glass ruins everything

OnePlus 6 teardown shows that glass ruins everything

iFixit has wasted little time in tearing down yet another flagship phone: the OnePlus 6. US orders for the OnePlus 6 opened only yesterday, and a mere 24 hours later, iFixit is getting its hands dirty and telling us just how easy it is to repair the phone as a DIY project. As with most phones iFixit takes a look at these days, its findings are both good and bad.

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Huawei P20 Pro teardown shows Steve Jobs’ wisdom stuck

Huawei P20 Pro teardown shows Steve Jobs’ wisdom stuck

Inside the Huawei P20 Pro is proof that the industrial designers behind the phone were extraordinarily talented. With such a strange amalgamation of parts in this smartphone, it must have been difficult to arrange its innards in an aesthetically pleasing way. Not that this was Huawei's primary goal, but they've succeeded nonetheless.

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2018 iPad iFixit teardown reveals one saving grace

2018 iPad iFixit teardown reveals one saving grace

Apple’s devices have never been easy to open up and repair. They are intentionally designed to discourage tampering, which, sadly, also makes repairs harder and more expensive. Especially since most owners are pushed to only use authorized Apple repair services. The newest iPad, a.k.a. the 2018 iPad or the iPad 6, carries a lot of the previous generation’s design so its iFixit repairability score isn’t exactly surprising. That said, sticking to that almost ancient design ironically gives this iPad an advantage when it comes to repairs.

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Galaxy S9+ teardown bares dual aperture secrets

Galaxy S9+ teardown bares dual aperture secrets

When Samsung boasted that the Galaxy S9 reimagined the camera, it wasn’t actually referring to a completely new image sensor, though that has been upgraded, too. DRAM on (or rather, under) the image sensor is something Sony already did last year. It was, in fact, the dual aperture feature that gave the early 2018 flagship its unique flavor. iFixit tears the Galaxy S9+ down to take a peek at those lenses. And, of course, to see just how easy, or how hard, it is to take the phone apart.

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