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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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iFixit Surface Duo teardown finds some unsurprising bad news

iFixit Surface Duo teardown finds some unsurprising bad news

The Surface Duo is here and that can only mean one thing: iFixit has completed a teardown of it. Foldable devices like the Surface Duo have generally received pretty lousy repairability scores from the folks at iFixit, so can the Surface Duo be the device that finally turns it around? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is "no, it cannot."

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Pixel 4a iFixit teardown reveals a trap-laden puzzle

Pixel 4a iFixit teardown reveals a trap-laden puzzle

The Pixel 4a's less than premium body normally implies a less than rugged phone. On the upside, that usually means a phone that's also easy to open up and repair. If the Pixel 3a was anything to go by, iFixit's silent, or should we say ASMR-inspired, teardown should be straightforward and uneventful. Unfortunately, they do say looks can be deceiving and the Pixel 4a definitely falls into that category, lulling technicians into a sense of security before springing its cable traps to snare their tools.

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Galaxy Note 20’s different cooling systems is not a problem, says iFixit

Galaxy Note 20’s different cooling systems is not a problem, says iFixit

Some Samsung fans are still reeling over the processor gap between the Snapdragon and Exynos variants of the Galaxy S20 so it isn't surprising when people immediately jumped on the news about the Galaxy Note 20's cooling systems. When iFixit confirmed that a number of models are using graphene instead of the much-touted copper vapor cooling chamber, people immediately got worried about overheating problems and discrepancies in Samsung's latest flagship. iFixit is now setting the record straight to calm everyone, explaining that there shouldn't be any need to worry, at least without further scientific evidence.

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Galaxy Watch 3 iFixit teardown is a bit reassuring

Galaxy Watch 3 iFixit teardown is a bit reassuring

Next to our smartphones, no other mobile device may be in more danger of damage or wear and tear than the one that's always exposed to the elements. Smartwatches often come with some IP dust and water resistance rating and some even boast of a MIL-STD certification for extra ruggedness. Sooner or later, however, these wearables will eventually need to be repaired and, fortunately, the new Galaxy Watch 3 won't be much of a chore even for third-party technicians.

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Galaxy Buds Live teardown is revealing and almost painless

Galaxy Buds Live teardown is revealing and almost painless

Given their size, it's almost too easy to take Truly Wireless Stereo or TWS earbuds for granted, that is until you remember how much a pair cost you. Still, considering how relatively cheaper these tiny accessories are compared to the smartphones they're paired with, some people probably see all but the most expensive buds almost like disposable products. Of course, that doesn't mean they can't be repaired and Galaxy Buds Live, a.k.a. "Galaxy Beans", owners will be happy to know theirs is one of the easiest to repair in the market.

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