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Mac mini RAM upgrade kits undercut Apple

Mac mini RAM upgrade kits undercut Apple

It would appear that the Mac mini from late 2018 is quite a bit more versatile, hardware-wise, than most other Apple products. Today the folks at iFixit revealed they'd been working on a set of RAM stick replacements for those delivered with the most recent Mac mini release. They suggested that they'd seen such opportunity when their community-made RAM replacement guide saw tens of thousands of hits in a very short amount of time.

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Watch the 12.9-inch iPad Pro teardown reveal Apple’s secrets

Watch the 12.9-inch iPad Pro teardown reveal Apple’s secrets

Yesterday, iFixit published a teardown of the 11-inch 2018 iPad Pro and the results were less than stellar. Unlike some other recent Apple devices - specifically the Mac mini and the new MacBook Air - the 11-inch iPad Pro turned out to be something of a DIYer's nightmare, with gobs of glue holding everything down and making repair troublesome. Today, iFixit is taking a look inside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and if you were hoping for a different outcome, we're sorry to say that you're probably going to be disappointed.

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11-inch iPad Pro iFixit teardown is a must-read for glue lovers

11-inch iPad Pro iFixit teardown is a must-read for glue lovers

Recently, Apple's devices have taken a small-yet-significant turn for the better regarding DIY repair. In both the new MacBook Air and the 2018 Mac mini, we've seen Apple make some quality-of-life changes that make DIY and third-party repairs more accessible. It seems that repair-friendly approach isn't something that's universal across Apple's entire lineup of new devices, as iFixit's teardown of the 11-inch 2018 iPad Pro isn't really a pretty one.

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The latest Apple teardowns have surprisingly good news

The latest Apple teardowns have surprisingly good news

Fans of DIY gadget repairs haven't had much good news over the past few years, but there are signs the tides may be changing - at least - for Apple devices. The Cupertino company hasn't exactly led by example when it comes to making repairs, battery replacements, and other unofficial tinkering easy with its laptops, tablets, and smartphones, but that could be changing.

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Mac mini 2018 iFixit teardown is one surprise after another

Mac mini 2018 iFixit teardown is one surprise after another

Late last month, Apple announced a sorely needed update for the Mac mini. We've gone four years in between models, but you wouldn't be able to tell that simply by looking at 2018's Mac mini, as it shares a familiar aesthetic with its predecessor. Obviously, the internals are a lot different, which begs the question of how easy the new Mac mini will be to repair. As always, iFixit has torn the Mac mini to shreds in pursuit of an answer to that question.

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MacBook Air 2018 teardown: What’s inside?

MacBook Air 2018 teardown: What’s inside?

Today we see inside the MacBook Air 13-inch Retina (late 2018), behind the keyboard, and under the metal. This is the model with a 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS "Retina" display with 2560 x 1600 resolution and a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor under the hood. The version we're looking at here is GOLD - though compared to some of the more standard "yellow" golds, this one's positively rosy. You'll be happy to find that the color of the screws holding this device together are matched with the color of the casing.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro teardown holds no secrets

Huawei Mate 20 Pro teardown holds no secrets

The past few teardowns done by iFixit haven’t exactly been encouraging. We are at a time when, despite more hopeful laws, third party repairs have become more daunting and even more dangerous. To that extent, Huawei’s latest premium flagship isn’t really any different. Fortunately, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro does have a few things that make it easier, including instructions on how to pull out a battery.

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iPhone XR iFixit teardown gives hope for DIY repairs

iPhone XR iFixit teardown gives hope for DIY repairs

iFixit has published its teardown of the iPhone XR, Apple's latest LCD iPhone model. The company has wrapped up its disassembly of the device, showing off each component and the tedious process of taking the handset apart. Buyers wondering whether they'll be able to replace their own cracked display are in for some good news: it's not an impossible task.

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New DMCA exceptions allow jailbreaking smart speakers, phone repairs

New DMCA exceptions allow jailbreaking smart speakers, phone repairs

The right to repair movement is still facing an uphill battle in Congress but they may have gained a reprieve, at least for the next three years. The US Copyright Office has just passed a ruling that modifies exceptions to the contentious section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in favor of third-party repairs. In a nutshell, it will be legal next week to jailbreak Amazon Echoes and Google Homes and, to some degree, repair smartphones on your own.

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Motorola gets DIY fix-friendly with iFixit partnership

Motorola gets DIY fix-friendly with iFixit partnership

This week Motorola became the first smartphone manufacturer to supply OEM parts to iFixit. This is a move that's more important than its immediate result. Providing parts to iFixit means Motorola is publicly signing their support for user-repaired smartphones and tablets. Besides making surprisingly repair-friendly devices (sometimes), this is Motorola's biggest and most public move in said direction.

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Surface Laptop 2 teardown offers no hope for self-repairs

Surface Laptop 2 teardown offers no hope for self-repairs

It’s not uncommon to come across devices that score low on iFixit’s repairability index. These often include tightly enclosed smartphones and especially Apple’s products. There are, however, a few that have earned the distinction of having a score of zero. One of those is the Surface Laptop, Microsoft first and most premium notebook. With the Surface Laptop 2, Microsoft has the chance of addressing some concerns. Sadly, it seems that iFixit’s teardown adventure is a case of deja vu instead.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 teardown: same old, same old

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 teardown: same old, same old

You'd be forgiven if you got a major case of deja vu seeing this year's new Surface Pro 6. Unless you got the savvy new matte black color, you might, like iFixit, think you bought a spare "new Surface Pro" (2017). The incremental upgrade path is almost similar to what Apple has successfully been doing with its MacBooks. And to really drive the MacBook similarity home, the Surface Pro 6 also enjoys the same low repairability score of Apple's premium notebooks.

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