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Apple TV iFixit teardown reveals huge heat sink on top

Apple TV iFixit teardown reveals huge heat sink on top

Apple likes its devices slim and space conscious, which is one of the reasons why it consistently refuses to put larger, longer-lasting batteries inside its iPhones. The company, however, seems to have thrown that principle out the window with at least one of its latest products, the new Apple TV. At 35 mm tall, the latest Apple TV stands almost half an inch higher than the 23 mm of its predecessor. Thanks to iFixit's teardown, we now know why Apple chose to deviate from its usual design rules.

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iPad Mini 4 teardown: a hard to repair mini iPad Air 2

iPad Mini 4 teardown: a hard to repair mini iPad Air 2

New device, new teardown. As Apple's newest iPhones and iPads make their way to customers, iFixit asks the usual question it asks of any new device in the market: how easy, or hard, will it be to fix? Given how Apple's devices are tightly sealed contraptions, perhaps the terribly low final score of the new iPad Mini 4 isn't that shocking. But the little tablet did still manage to make some interesting revelations, like how this small tablet resembled more the iPad Air 2 than its immediate predecessor.

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Google OnHub teardown reveals low repairability

Google OnHub teardown reveals low repairability

Google’s OnHub router has been given the teardown treatment, and the conclusion is that if you must repair something in the device, you’ll probably find yourself having to replace it, instead. Google’s new router received an overall “repairability” score of only 4 out of 10, which is pretty low, but not the worst result we’ve seen. The one readily DIY-able component is the speaker, which can be swapped out if it goes bad by someone with basic tinkering skills.

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OnePlus 2 iFixit verdict: easier to repair than predecessor

OnePlus 2 iFixit verdict: easier to repair than predecessor

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ are hogging all the attention right now, some still have the new-ish OnePlus 2 in their radars. That includes the iFixit team since, well, they won't be able to get their hands on the new Samsung phablets for a while. Although OnePlus has delayed shipping its latest flagship to the US by almost a month, they did give iFixit their own rare specimen just for the purpose of tearing it apart. Luckily, the outcome was more favorable than the last OnePlus.

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HERO4 Session teardown cracks GoPro’s latest camera

HERO4 Session teardown cracks GoPro’s latest camera

GoPro recently introduced its new GoPro HERO4 Session, a cube-shaped camera that greatly resembles Polaroid's Cube camera. The Session deviates a fair bit from the other HERO cameras. Aside from being cube-shaped, it features single-button operation and is only a fraction of the regular HERO4's size. Now the folks at iFixit have gotten their hands on the small camera, and they've given us a look inside by busting it open.

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iFixit’s LG G4 teardown gets 8 out of 10 in repairability

iFixit’s LG G4 teardown gets 8 out of 10 in repairability

iFixit is back with what they do best: another teardown and analysis of a new mobile device. This time they've tackled the new LG G4, offering a detailed look at each part, as well a few X-ray views of several components. If you're a new G4 owner and are wondering how well it did, iFixit ranked it a 8 out of 10 in repairability, a very good score! If you're still thinking of picking one up after this, be sure to check out our review to see what makes it one of the best Android devices available right now.

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Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

As devices get more powerful, their innards also get more sophisticated, usually leading to harder to repair contraptions of doom and gloom. That's why when an equally powerful device gets an iFixit score of 9 out of 10, there is much reason for rejoicing and praise. Granted, the Pebble Time isn't the most complex smartwatch in the market, but for its abilities, its price, and its battery life, a high repairability score pretty much puts it in our Santa's wishlist already. And we're only in May!

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iFixit says LG Watch Urbane is easy to fix (unless you bust the screen)

iFixit says LG Watch Urbane is easy to fix (unless you bust the screen)

We’d venture to say you tearing into your smartwatch is not a good idea. So, really — don’t try this at home. The iFixit team makes things look really simple, yes, but please don’t take a knife and tweezers to your gear. Even though iFixit gave the LG Watch Urbane a pleasant 7 out of 10 score in their teardown, don’t go poking around the smartwatch just yet. If you do need to have repairs done, here’s what you’d be in for.

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Apple Watch repair guides published by iFixit

Apple Watch repair guides published by iFixit

The Apple Watch is going to break. Either by accident or some dude trying to blend it, the little guy is just gonna get banged up now and then. When it does (and hopefully it’s not you who ends up with the busted watch), some will try to repair it rather than try to buy a new one. The best resource for that, iFixit, has just published a few repair guides for Apple Watch. Guess what? It’s really had to fix.

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Apple Watch has disabled pulse oximeter, hard to replace S1 chip

Apple Watch has disabled pulse oximeter, hard to replace S1 chip

Now that iFixit has finished its excruciatingly detailed journey down the Apple Watch path, it's time to take stock of the spoils of war. Considering the smartwatch is one of this year's most interesting tech products and Apple's most personal device, says iFixit, it's only natural to be a tad curious about what makes it tick, which is appropriate given it's a watch. But with that also comes the question of how easy would it be to repair, either by yourself or by authorized personnel.

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Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

After almost 8 months of waiting, and a few more days for some, maybe weeks more to come for others, iFixit finally got its hands on the rare beast known as the Apple Watch. And what do they do with it? They tear it apart, naturally. Apple's devices haven't exactly been conducive to self or uncertified repairs, especially the newest MacBook. Given the even more intricate electronics found in the smartwatch, will the Apple Watch fare dismally as well? iFixit starts the journey to find out.

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MacBook teardown — Apple packed a lot in that tiny frame

MacBook teardown — Apple packed a lot in that tiny frame

A feat of engineering on many levels, Apple’s new MacBook is also a computer you won’t be repairing yourself. According to iFixit, there might be no hope if something goes south on your new MacBook. In running the MacBook through their teardown process, the team at iFixit was befuddled by MacBook’s solid construction. Sounds counterintuitive, but when you’re using a bunch of adhesive and proprietary screws, that’s bound to be the case. Also, that tiny logic board has no hope for swapping components.

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