Teardown

Fairphone 4 proves repairability and durability can coexist

Fairphone 4 proves repairability and durability can coexist

Smartphones in recent years have become more powerful, more sophisticated, more luxurious, and at the same time also more durable. It is actually scandalous if a flagship smartphone doesn't boast an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, even though OnePlus continues to push back against what it insists is an expensive and non-essential certification. That durability and reliability, however, are often achieved by sealing the phone shut, making repairs more difficult than necessary. The Fairphone 4, however, is challenging those assumptions, and JerryRigEverything is putting it to the test to prove its assertions.

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Apple Self Service Repair opens DIY door with new parts store

Apple Self Service Repair opens DIY door with new parts store

This week Apple revealed they'd be releasing parts, tools, and manuals for future Apple devices for repairs. They'll call this their Apple Self Service Repair program, and it'll start with iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. This move appears to change the way Apple approaches device hardware handling and repair, away from restricting repairs to those "authorized" to do so, allowing consumers to take their destiny into their own hands.

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Pixel 6 Pro teardowns reveal Google’s big step in the right direction

Pixel 6 Pro teardowns reveal Google’s big step in the right direction

Google definitely seems to have struck gold again with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, give or take a few problems with its fingerprint sensor that can hopefully be fixed by a simple software update. Underneath all the glamour, however, is a phone that's apparently just as unique, thankfully in some very good ways. Initial teardowns of the Pixel 6 revealed one thing that Google has done right, at least for repair technicians, but it seems that it still falls a few steps short in making the Pixel 6 one of the easiest phones to repair that isn't a Fairphone.

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Pixel 6 Pro teardown and reassembly reveal a few surprises

Pixel 6 Pro teardown and reassembly reveal a few surprises

The Pixel 6 Pro might be Google's most exciting phone after the first Pixel in 2016. That's from all aspects of the phone, from the hardware to the software and even to the design. As with many big changes, that might have incurred a few costs, some of them hidden. A teardown of the Pixel 6 Pro now reveals what those are, and it's a mixed bag that could have third-party repair technicians scratching their heads in confusion.

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iFixit cut open Apple’s polishing cloth to see why it costs $19

iFixit cut open Apple’s polishing cloth to see why it costs $19

Earlier this month, Apple unveiled one of its most unexpected products: a $19 polishing cloth featuring the Apple logo and the right texture for wiping fingerprints off your gadgets. The product is now on backorder with deliveries for new orders pushed to early-mid January. Why is the Apple polishing cloth so expensive? Perhaps iFixit's latest teardown has an answer.

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2021 MacBook Pro teardown tease shows what’s on the inside

2021 MacBook Pro teardown tease shows what’s on the inside

It's very common for manufacturers like Apple to release new products, and fans always want to know what they look like on the inside. However, the last thing most of us want to do is tear apart our brand-new and expensive gadgets to look. Thankfully, IFIXIT has been gutting new devices for a long time, giving us a look at what's on the inside without having to trash our own hardware.

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Apple Watch Series 7 teardown reveals small but important changes

Apple Watch Series 7 teardown reveals small but important changes

The iFixit team has published their completed teardown of the Apple Watch Series 7, revealing both large and small changes with the help of three former Apple engineers. The team teases that the Apple Watch Series 7 sports "secrets that only a trained eye can spot," including many subtle tweaks that the teardown team says are "significant" to the overall hardware upgrade.

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Nintendo Switch OLED iFixit teardown reveals the big changes inside

Nintendo Switch OLED iFixit teardown reveals the big changes inside

Those who have been patiently waiting for a substantial upgrade to the Nintendo Switch console may have been more than just miffed by the new OLED model. Although it might make some business sense for the gaming giant, the lack of significant hardware improvement on the four-year-old gaming console has fans continually frustrated. But while the new Nintendo Switch OLED seems like just a single step forward, iFixit proves there are many more changes than meets the eye, for better or for worse.

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Steam Deck teardown tells you exactly how to be bad

Steam Deck teardown tells you exactly how to be bad

Today the folks at Valve went ahead and tore down their next-generation portable gaming device Steam Deck. The Valve Steam Deck is not exactly like your average DIY PC build. Instead, it's more like... you COULD open it up, but you probably shouldn't. Valve's video is like a parent saying to a child: I know this looks fun, but DON'T do it.

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iPad mini 6 iFixit teardown explains jelly scrolling behavior

iPad mini 6 iFixit teardown explains jelly scrolling behavior

The iPad mini 6 introduced a lot of big changes to the small tablet family, the first one in a very long time. Not only has it adopted the design language now common across all iPhones and iPads, but it also finally embraced the USB-C connector. Although it seems minor in comparison, the larger display of the 6th gen iPad mini actually has significant consequences, including what could be the cause of what has been termed as the "jelly scrolling" behavior that Apple is dismissing as something completely normal.

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iPhone 13 Pro iFixit teardown reveals important repair changes

iPhone 13 Pro iFixit teardown reveals important repair changes

Apple has always frowned on third-party, especially DIY, repairs to protect its secrets as well as its reputation. It has implemented hurdles in both hardware design and software to discourage unauthorized repairs, though that hasn't really stopped the likes of iFixit from trying and fighting for the right to repair. The iPhone 13 series is no different, but the iPhone 13 Pro teardown reveals some changes that make repairing the phone easier and more difficult at the same time.

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Galaxy Buds 2 iFixit teardown hints at a disappointing trend

Galaxy Buds 2 iFixit teardown hints at a disappointing trend

It has pretty much become expected that almost all smartphones, especially high-end ones, aren't built to be easy to repair. They might be designed to survive a few accidents, but repairing them with less than trained hands has never been a priority. That practice has trickled down into the smallest of accessories that are often too easy to lose or too easy to break. Samsung's new Galaxy Buds 2 is no exception and may even point to less favorable changes in the future, at least as far as iFixit is concerned.

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