Teardown

iFixit iPad mini 5 teardown finds its mortal enemy inside

iFixit iPad mini 5 teardown finds its mortal enemy inside

After many years of waiting, Apple has finally refreshed the iPad mini line with a new device for 2019. As always, that means the folks at iFixit have obtained one as quickly as possible to rip its display off and show us how easy it is to repair its internal hardware. If you're a fan of iFixit's teardowns and you've caught the ones centered around recent Apple tablets, you probably already know how this one is going to go.

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iFixit Galaxy Buds teardown: AirPods these are not

iFixit Galaxy Buds teardown: AirPods these are not

If you make a habit of following iFixit's phone teardowns, then you know that things are often pretty dire for the do-it-yourselfers of the world. As time goes on, it seems like smartphones are getting more and more difficult for end users to repair, with recent phones like the Galaxy S10 and the Pixel 3 XL netting repairability scores of 3/10 and 4/10, respectively. There are some exceptions to the rule, of course, but for the most part, it seems that smartphones are heading in the wrong direction in terms of end user repairability.

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Galaxy S10 teardown reveals ultrasonic secrets and some bad news

Galaxy S10 teardown reveals ultrasonic secrets and some bad news

Recent smartphones have become harder to open up and repair because of purposely chosen designs, like glass backs and unibody shells. The third-party and self-repair markets, however, have worked to study and learn from these to create tools and processes for easier teardowns. But just when things seem to have become normal, new technologies seem to undo all of what was gained. The Galaxy S10, with its new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, seems like the perfect example of that but the phone is designed to thwart unofficial repairs in more ways than one.

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Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition teardown reveals potential problems

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition teardown reveals potential problems

Some Chinese companies are taking the risks bigger OEMs don’t want to make to find alternative solutions for the design problems that plague smartphones these days. Though not actually the first (Russian company Yota can have that title), ZTE’s nubia and Vivo have both come out with smartphones that not only have a screen on both sides, they’ve also survived JerryRigEverything’s tests. Now all that’s left is to open up the Vivo NEX DDE to see what’s inside, hopefully without breaking anything.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 teardown reveals slider phone’s magnetic tricks

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 teardown reveals slider phone’s magnetic tricks

Before foldable phones and buttonless phones became the center of attraction of the mobile market, there were slider phones. Honor, Lenovo, and, of course, Xiaomi all rebelled against the motor and spring-driven contraptions suggested by the Vivo NEX S and the OPPO Find X. But how does the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 perform its sliding action? JerryRigEverything digs in to find out.

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ASUS ROG Phone teardown reveals curious design

ASUS ROG Phone teardown reveals curious design

ASUS first and so far only gaming phone is truly a unique one even among the extremely few gaming smartphones in the market. From the accessories to the design, the ASUS ROG Phone definitely stands out from the outside. But is it all just smoke and mirrors are the differences even deeper? JerryRigEverything takes a dive inside the smartphone to see if everything checks out, especially the thermal management features.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro teardown shows a difficult repair

Huawei Mate 20 Pro teardown shows a difficult repair

Huawei has pulled of yet another one with the Mate 20 Pro. Almost guaranteed to top photography charts, the company’s highest-end flagship boasts of quite a number of innovations, though not all of them being positively received. It may have even come at the cost of durability, as JerryRigEverything recently showed. Now the YouTube digs inside to see what other surprises it has in store.

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ZTE nubia X teardown is unexciting in a good way

ZTE nubia X teardown is unexciting in a good way

Dual screen smartphones present as many puzzles as they solve. How do you effectively use it without accidentally trigger the other screen? How do you easily switch between the two screens? And more importantly, how easy would it be to open up the phone with out breaking anything. OK, maybe that last one isn’t something most of us will ask but those interested in repairing the ZTE nubia X definitely will. Good thing Zack Nelson has the answer.

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Honor Magic 2 teardown reveals its magic tricks

Honor Magic 2 teardown reveals its magic tricks

Vivo and OPPO have started the elevating camera trend but it seems that they have also ended it with the NEX S and Find X, respectively. Huawei sub-brand Honor and Xiaomi, on the other hand, have opted for a less eccentric solution to that same problem. With the Magic 2, Honor is jumping into the fray with the return of the slider phone. And despite not having a motor to power its gimmick, the smartphone’s insides are just as interesting to see.

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Watch the 12.9-inch iPad Pro teardown reveal Apple’s secrets

Watch the 12.9-inch iPad Pro teardown reveal Apple’s secrets

Yesterday, iFixit published a teardown of the 11-inch 2018 iPad Pro and the results were less than stellar. Unlike some other recent Apple devices - specifically the Mac mini and the new MacBook Air - the 11-inch iPad Pro turned out to be something of a DIYer's nightmare, with gobs of glue holding everything down and making repair troublesome. Today, iFixit is taking a look inside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and if you were hoping for a different outcome, we're sorry to say that you're probably going to be disappointed.

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11-inch iPad Pro iFixit teardown is a must-read for glue lovers

11-inch iPad Pro iFixit teardown is a must-read for glue lovers

Recently, Apple's devices have taken a small-yet-significant turn for the better regarding DIY repair. In both the new MacBook Air and the 2018 Mac mini, we've seen Apple make some quality-of-life changes that make DIY and third-party repairs more accessible. It seems that repair-friendly approach isn't something that's universal across Apple's entire lineup of new devices, as iFixit's teardown of the 11-inch 2018 iPad Pro isn't really a pretty one.

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The latest Apple teardowns have surprisingly good news

The latest Apple teardowns have surprisingly good news

Fans of DIY gadget repairs haven't had much good news over the past few years, but there are signs the tides may be changing - at least - for Apple devices. The Cupertino company hasn't exactly led by example when it comes to making repairs, battery replacements, and other unofficial tinkering easy with its laptops, tablets, and smartphones, but that could be changing.

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