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MagSafe Battery Pack teardown helps explain why Apple charges so much

MagSafe Battery Pack teardown helps explain why Apple charges so much

Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack may be one of the more controversial accessories the company has launched in recent memory, but that doesn't mean there's not a lot going on inside the magnetically attached power pack as a new teardown makes clear. Quietly added to the Apple Store shelves earlier this month, the battery clings to the rear of your iPhone 12 and tops it up wirelessly.

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Starlink teardown reveals how SpaceX keeps its secrets

Starlink teardown reveals how SpaceX keeps its secrets

A new Starlink teardown has revealed fresh details about SpaceX's satellite internet dish, including how the company prevents its development hardware from being misused. Launched last year, Starlink relies upon both a growing constellation of satellites in orbit around Earth and an auto-positioning dish on the ground that communicates with them.

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OnePlus Watch iFixit teardown reveals no hidden surprises

OnePlus Watch iFixit teardown reveals no hidden surprises

Although it isn't exactly its first wearable, the OnePlus Watch is the company's first dip into the smartwatch pool. Not all first tries come out perfectly, however, and the OnePlus Watch seems to have disappointed many reviewers. Fortunately, most of those criticisms can be addressed with software updates, but some found the hardware to also be mediocre or common. iFixit takes the OnePlus Watch through its usual teardown process, and, fortunately, it was uneventful in a good way.

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M1 iPad Pro iFixit teardown reveals XDR Display Mini LEDs inside

M1 iPad Pro iFixit teardown reveals XDR Display Mini LEDs inside

Confirming months of rumors and speculation, Apple finally launched a new iPad Pro with two rather significant changes. Its shift to an Apple M1 chip further blurs the boundaries between iPad Pro and MacBooks but it is really the switch to a Mini LED screen that has some people talking. It's not all in good ways, though, as some don't seem to be convinced of the end results of the more expensive technology. On a purely technical aspect, however, iFixit's initial teardown assessment of the 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro proves to be at least more interesting.

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Apple TV 4K 2021 iFixit teardown reveals an unexpected problem

Apple TV 4K 2021 iFixit teardown reveals an unexpected problem

Apple isn't exactly known for making its products repair-friendly, at least not by unauthorized third-party service providers. There are, however, times when it does seem to diverge from that path and throw technicians and enthusiasts a bone. The Apple TV has been one of its more repairable devices and it doesn't seem to have changed this year. Unfortunately, iFixit's teardown does reveal one wart in that image and it isn't the Apple TV 4K 2021 at all.

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M1 iMac iFixit teardown reveals the big changes within

M1 iMac iFixit teardown reveals the big changes within

This year's new iMac generation will probably be best remembered for looking like gigantic iPad Pros. Of course, there are changes invisible to the naked eye and we're not just talking about the new Apple M1 chip running the entire show this time. That does entail a lot of internal changes due to the new computing architecture but there are even more to be discovered inside. Thankfully, the experts over at iFixit have started that journey to literally uncover the secrets of the 24-inch Apple M1 iMac, now in purple!

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ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip teardown can be quite a chore

ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip teardown can be quite a chore

While most of the smartphone world seems to have outgrown their popup and flip camera phase, ASUS has gone old school this year. Granted, it is only one of two phone makers that adopted that flip camera design (Samsung was the other one with the Galaxy A80) but it might be the only one left making such unconventional designs. Of course, such deviation from the usual build of smartphones does have consequences when it comes to taking them apart as this teardown video of the ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip clearly shows.

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Xiaomi Black Shark 4 teardown reveals its secrets as pre-orders start

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 teardown reveals its secrets as pre-orders start

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 teardown reveals its secrets as pre-orders startSmartphones these days have started to become a tad boring. With few exceptions, each new generation really has just more of the same stuff. Those exceptions include, of course, foldables, but if that's not your cup of tea, you might have to look towards gaming smartphones for some of the craziest innovations in the smartphone market. Unfortunately, those often come at a literal price but JerryRigEverything takes apart the Black Shark 4 in search of something a bit more affordable.

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 teardown reveals beautiful complexity

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 teardown reveals beautiful complexity

Some smartphones are getting more interesting again after the market has seemingly plateaued in design and innovation. Leave it to gaming smartphones, however, to really take the cake when it comes to pushing the envelope not just in terms of performance but also in design. After the very first ASUS ROG Phone, it is perhaps Lenovo's latest Legion Phone Duel 2 that has the most peculiar quirks and features. And while it didn't survive the durability test, JerryRigEverything's teardown reveals just how unique the phone is on the inside.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 iFixit teardown shows the hidden cost of features

Xiaomi Mi 11 iFixit teardown shows the hidden cost of features

On the heels of the Galaxy S21 series, Xiaomi launched its own early 2021 flagship in the form of the Mi 11. Like all its predecessors before it, it manages to cram all those high-end goodness in an affordable package. There will always be catches, of course, and iFixit's meticulous teardown reveals some of the trade-offs from having so many features, most of them relating to the phone's durability and longevity down the line.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra iFixit teardown reveals refinement and disappointment

Galaxy S21 Ultra iFixit teardown reveals refinement and disappointment

Samsung's top-of-the-line smartphone this half the year has so far been better received than last year's Galaxy S model. That may be partly thanks to interest in the S Pen functionality but also thanks to the evolutionary, not revolutionary, improvements that the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers. iFixit unsurprisingly took that phone apart to take a closer look inside and while it does show Samsung's trying to perfect its art, it also reveals some unfortunate decisions the manufacturer took this year.

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Galaxy S21 iFixit teardown score is nothing to be proud of

Galaxy S21 iFixit teardown score is nothing to be proud of

There was a time when Apple produced some of the most repair-unfriendly products and while some still do better in that regard, there are now others who have also done worse. It seems that Samsung's obsession to one-up Apple in almost every sense may have backfired a bit in this year's Galaxy flagships. The Galaxy S21, the most affordable of the three available models, does have some things going for it when it comes to third-party or self-repair but nothing to save it from getting a disappointing mark on iFixit's scale.

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