Teardown

Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

It's hard to deny that the latest Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft's most beautiful device yet, but you do know what they say about beauty sometimes being only skin deep. Teardown experts iFixit took Microsoft's latest "tablet to replace your laptop" to discover hidden treasures inside as well as to measure how easy, or hard, it would be to repair. Suffice it to say, this is one tablet you will definitely want to handle with extra care, not just because of its price, but also because of its repairability.

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iFixit’s Nexus 5X verdict: easy peasy to repair

iFixit’s Nexus 5X verdict: easy peasy to repair

Smartphones are getting more and more sophisticated these days, but they are also getting more and more enclosed. Gone are the days when you simply bought a spare battery to replace a dying one in a blink of an eye, depending on how fast you can swap the two. So when iFixit tore down the Nexus 5X made by LG and discovered it to be a relatively easy process, there is cause for surprise and merriment. Of course, you're unlikely to do the repairs yourself, but it at least bodes well for those who will do it for you.

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Galaxy Note 5 teardown reveals difficult to repair LCD

Galaxy Note 5 teardown reveals difficult to repair LCD

For the most part if your smartphone display breaks odds are you will be taking it somewhere to get the screen replaced. If you are the sort who prefers to DIY the repairs a new teardown has landed of the Galaxy Note 5 smartphone. Whether or not you ever plan to open your own Note 5, it's always interesting to see that our gadgets look like on the inside.

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Apple Magic Keyboard, Mouse 2, Trackpad 2 get iFixit teardown treatment

Apple Magic Keyboard, Mouse 2, Trackpad 2 get iFixit teardown treatment

Hot on the heels of their teardown of the new 21.5-inch Retina iMac, the repair folks at iFixit have published their breakdown of Apple's new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2. The new accessories were announced alongside the refreshed desktop computer this week, and along with an updated industrial design (excluding the mouse), all three now feature a Lightning port for charging their now internal batteries.

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New 21.5-inch Retina iMac gets iFixit teardown, revealing non-upgradeable RAM

New 21.5-inch Retina iMac gets iFixit teardown, revealing non-upgradeable RAM

Another new Apple product has been released, and that means the repair specialists iFixit have conducted another one of their detailed teardowns. This week it's the new 21.5-inch Retina iMac that was just announced, complete with 4K display. As usual, iFixit spares nothing when it comes to revealing the particulars, but unfortunately due to non-upgradeable parts, the new iMac was given only a 1 out of 10 on their "repairability score."

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OWC tears down new iMacs, offers 64GB MaxRAM upgrade

OWC tears down new iMacs, offers 64GB MaxRAM upgrade

As hinted in previous leaks, Apple has indeed revealed new iMacs sporting high resolution retina screens. Alongside the expected 27-inch iMac model with a whopping 5K resolution, Apple also a new 21.5-inch iMac that sports 4K resolutions. Given how new they are to the market, it cannot be helped that some tinkerers would want to immediately pry them open and see what's inside. That's exactly what OWC, a.k.a. Other Wold Computing, did. Luckily, or hopefully, for them, they aren't hindered by an NDA unlike some other teardown experts.

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iPhone 6s display teardown reveals 3D Touch elements

iPhone 6s display teardown reveals 3D Touch elements

This morning iFixit has been at work tearing apart the iPhone 6s, showing the very many layers of the device's display now that it has 3D Touch. This technology is very similar to the "Force Touch" introduced in Apple's touchpad and Watch - here it has more levels of touch sensitivity for a greater number of abilities in apps. This 3D Touch feature is made possible by software as well as hardware - facilitated in this case by a capacitive sensor layer that wasn't present in past iPhone releases.

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iFixit’s Google Chromecast teardown reveals simple, heat dissipating dongles

iFixit’s Google Chromecast teardown reveals simple, heat dissipating dongles

As iFixit has been known to do, they've subjected another new tech device to their detailed teardown process. This time it was Google's new Chromecast 2015 and Chromecast Audio streaming dongles. The double teardown revealed that there's little to complicate the devices, and while repairability is close to nil, that doesn't play much of a factor here, as iFixit explains. They didn't apply their usual scoring system, since "These devices are essentially a board in a box."

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iPhone 6S waterproof? Nearly, and cleverly

iPhone 6S waterproof? Nearly, and cleverly

Today the folks at iFixit have released some teardown images of the iPhone 6S with specific regard given to the device's ability to be waterproof. The device appears to use technology Apple patented back in the year 2014, including strips of adhesive to seal the front glass panel and display to the back panel, and coating surrounding the cable connectors of all logic boards in the smartphone. Super-tiny differences in the mesh used for speakers was also used, this time finer than the previous generation.

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iPhone 6s teardown: taptic engine to blame for smaller battery

iPhone 6s teardown: taptic engine to blame for smaller battery

The time has finally come now that the iPhone 6s has started to land into the hands of eager users. A high-profile device such as this is, of course, temptation that iFixit couldn't resist. And considering how much has changed under the hood, it definitely holds enough curiosity to lure more than a few cats. But more than just the treasures hidden inside that Apple usually doesn't talk about, there is always one question that many users ask: how hard, or expensive, will it be to repair?

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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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