iPhone 7 Plus iFixit Teardown

iPhone 7 Plus teardown explains headphone jack, RAM, battery capacity and waterproofing

By on September 16, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

iPhone 7 Plus teardown explains headphone jack, RAM, battery capacity and waterproofing

It’s iPhone 7 day today, which means that hordes of consumers are taking by storm Apple stores around the world, while millions of buyers who preordered the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wait for it to be delivered to their doors. The folks at iFixit, known for their incredibly detailed teardowns, traveled to Japan to be among the first people to buy Apple’s new toys — the Apple Watch 2 also launches in stores today. As expected, they already have an iPhone 7 Plus teardown in the works, which reveals various details about Apple’s new phablet.
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iPhone 6s 3D Touch Display Teardown

This is the insanely detailed iPhone 6s teardown we’ve been waiting for

By on October 14, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

This is the insanely detailed iPhone 6s teardown we’ve been waiting for

Gadget teardowns are always impressive, as they reveal some of the secrets behind newly launched devices such as Apple’s iPhone 6s series. Just as expected, iFixit tore into the iPhone 6s not once, but quite a few times. Yet the most interesting teardown yet has just arrived and it gives us a better look at the new iPhone’s unique trick: the 3D Touch display. More →

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Chromecast 2 Teardown

Google may have finally fixed the one problem users had with the original Chromecast

By on October 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Google may have finally fixed the one problem users had with the original Chromecast

Google’s decision to hop into the world of streaming via its Chromecast dongle proved to be a smart move. Since its initial release in July of 2013, Google has sold over 20 million units. Just last week, Google unveiled its second-gen Chromecast, complete with faster wireless, a wider selection of apps and expanded storage. Even better, it’s still available for the low, low price of just $35.

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iPhone 6s Teardown Review iFixit Video

Video: iPhone 6s teardown review provides definitive answers to RAM and battery questions

By on September 25, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

Video: iPhone 6s teardown review provides definitive answers to RAM and battery questions

The iPhone 6s is currently on sale in various markets around the world, after nearly two weeks of preorders. The folks at iFixit, the well-known do-it-yourself gadget repair site, were among the first people in the world to get their hands on a fresh new iPhone. However, unlike Apple fans looking to actually use the handset, iFixit bought the rose gold 16GB iPhone 6s so that they could tear it apart as soon as possible.

The full video showing this “official” iPhone 6s dismantling process follows below – and yes, it provides definitive answers to your RAM and battery questions. More →

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Retina MacBook iFixit Repair Guide

Don’t even think about trying to fix the Retina MacBook yourself

By on April 15, 2015 at 5:37 PM.

Don’t even think about trying to fix the Retina MacBook yourself

Now that Apple’s 12-inch Retina MacBook is available to the public, popular teardown site iFixit dismantled the laptop in order to take a closer look at some of the new technology used inside Apple’s latest notebook. Unsurprisingly, the Retina MacBook is very difficult to repair and you shouldn’t even think about doing it yourself. More →

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HTC One (M8) iFixit Teardown

Forget about fixing the HTC One (M8) yourself if you break it

By on March 26, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

Forget about fixing the HTC One (M8) yourself if you break it

The HTC One (M8) is a well-built smartphone that may survive most beatings and even water damage, but once a component breaks – whether it’s a cracked screen, malfunctioning battery or anything else – users are not advised to try to repair the unit themselves. iFixit already performed an “official” teardown of the handset, revealing it’s just as difficult to repair as its predecessor – the device got a 2/10 repairability score. The group even managed to sever the digitizer cable while trying to remove the display.

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Nexus 7 crushes Kindle Fire’s battery performance, says iFixit

By on July 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM.

Nexus 7 crushes Kindle Fire’s battery performance, says iFixit

Nexus 7 Teardown Battery Performance

The repair wizards at iFixit have gotten hold of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and have found that it absolutely bludgeons Amazon’s rival Kindle Fire tablet in terms of battery performance. According to iFixit, Google’s new tablet has “a 4326 mAh, 16 Wh battery that can last 9:49 hours” or more than two hours longer than the Kindle Fire, which “has a 4400 mAh, 16.28 Wh battery ” that “only lasts 7:42 hours.” More →

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New MacBook Pro an enormous pain to repair, says iFixit

By on June 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM.

New MacBook Pro an enormous pain to repair, says iFixit

Apple Retina MacBook Pro Repair Problems

The New MacBook Pro may be an engineering marvel but it could also give your computer repair person a headache the likes of which he or she has never felt. According to the repair gurus at iFixit, the new MacBook Pro is one of the least repairable laptops they’ve ever encountered, scoring a 1 on their 10-point repairability scale. Among the new Pro’s litany of sins against independent repair people everywhere are its “proprietary pentalobe screws” that “prevent you from gaining access to anything inside,” RAM that is “soldered to the logic board,” a battery that is “glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it’ll break during disassembly” and a proprietary SSD that cannot yet be upgraded. Basically, MacBook Pro users who fancy themselves good amateur mechanics should under no circumstances open up this thing to tinker around with it. More →

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New iPad teardown now underway at iFixit [updated]

By on March 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM.

New iPad teardown now underway at iFixit [updated]

Well-known gadget repair company iFixit made its way to Australia on Thursday in order to be among the first to procure a new Apple iPad. Following a midnight launch at one Australian retailer, iFixit has managed to obtain the highly sought-after tablet and is already in the process of performing one of its famous teardowns. Gadget fans and investors alike will be watching closely as the firm reveals the manufacturers behind many of the key components found within the new tablet, and we’ll update this post as details emerge.

UPDATE: iFixit believes that the LCD panel in the iPad it is currently disassembling was manufactured by Samsung. Earlier reports stated that Samsung is the sole manufacturer of Apple’s new 9.7-inch Retina Displays, while a subsequent report claimed LG Display is also supplying panels for the new iPad. IFixit also states that the new iPad includes a 11,560 mAh battery. More →

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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet harder to repair than Kindle Fire, teardown shows

By on November 21, 2011 at 9:45 PM.

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet harder to repair than Kindle Fire, teardown shows

The team at iFixit recently tore open Barnes & Noble’s brand new Nook Tablet to get a closer look at its inner workings see how they compare to Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The group found that the Nook Tablet is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor clocked at 1GHz, and it has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal SanDisk storage. It also has a 4,000 mAh battery under the hood that’s rated for up to 11.5 hours of reading time, 3.5 hours longer than the previous generation Nook Color device. The Nook Tablet received a repairability score of 6 out of 10 points, which is worse than the Kindle Fire’s 8/10 score. The LCD can be easily replaced because it isn’t fused to the bezel, however one would need to remove the motherboard in order to replace the battery, and there are “excessive amounts of adhesive” and even hidden screws that made the teardown a bit more tedious than usual. More →

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Amazon Kindle Fire gets torn open, repairs deemed simple [video]

By on November 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

Amazon Kindle Fire gets torn open, repairs deemed simple [video]

The group at iFixit recently tore open the Amazon Kindle Fire to get a good look at its hardware. The group discovered that the device is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor clocked at 1GHz that is paired with an older Texas Instruments WL1270B 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi chip. Overall, the Kindle Fire didn’t have too many complicated parts, which resulted in a solid 8/10 repairability score from iFixit. The team said its rear case is easy to take off, users only need a regular screw driver to open the tablet, and the LCD isn’t fused to its the glass cover, which means it should be fairly easy to replace if it breaks. Unfortunately, however, the glass pane is fused to the bezel, and it will require a heat gun to separate the components. A video from DirectFix, another site that tore apart the Kindle Fire and examined its innards, follows after the break. More →

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iFixit reveals inner workings of iPhone 4S in new teardown

By on October 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

iFixit reveals inner workings of iPhone 4S in new teardown

The crew at iFixit has given the iPhone 4S its proper tear-down, revealing the phone’s inner workings and hardware. iFixit noticed that the battery offers an extra 0.5 WHrs over the one found in the iPhone 4, which is likely the reason Apple is able to advertise an additional 1-hour of 3G talk time on the iPhone 4S compared to its predecessor. The phone is equipped with a Qualcomm RTR8605 radio, an Avago ACPM-7181 power amplifier and of course a dual-core 1GHz Apple A5 processor, which has been downclocked to 800MHz. Be sure to hit the jump for a few more images of the iPhone 4S teardown. Deliveries of Apple’s new smartphone begin on Friday, and in the meantime be sure to check out our hands-on with the iPhone 4S. More →

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Apple’s new iMac gets torn open; same LG display spotted

By on May 4, 2011 at 9:11 PM.

Apple’s new iMac gets torn open; same LG display spotted

The crew over at iFixit — torx screw drivers in hand – just stripped down one of Apple’s brand new 21.5 inch Sandy Bridge iMacs to give us a look at its guts. There aren’t too many surprises in store: the computer uses the same LG display found in the last generation of iMacs, and iFixit was pleased to find that Apple used an appropriate amount of thermal paste on the CPU and GPU — a “happy departure from the gobs” Cupertino put on the new MacBook Pro. The RAM, hard drive, and optical drive can be swapped out easily, too; you’ll just have to remove the LCD in order to do so. iFixit gave the new iMac a 7 out of 10 “repairability score,” as most of the hardware was easy to access. The team’s biggest complaint was with the need to remove the logic board in order to clean the LCD after reassembling the computer. Hit the jump for a few more images of the teardown. More →

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