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Samsung discovered that the not-so-secret formula to reviving interest in its Galaxy line of handsets was to ditch the chintzy plastic construction and roll with a premium design consisting of metal and glass. As a result, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have racked up impressive pre-sale figures, though there are tradoffs to the premium design, several of which are underscored during a teardown analysis. The folks at iFixIt got their mitts on a Galaxy S6 Edge and immediately began performing electronic surgery. Right off the bat, they found that their usually reliable slim picks had unusual trouble... Read more...
Apple has launched a new repair program that extends warranty coverage for half a dozen different MacBook Pro models manufactured from early 2011 to early 2013. As part of the "MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues," Apple will repair affected models suffering from a range of graphics issues, or reimburse owners who already paid for repairs.Affected models include 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro laptops manufactured in 2011 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina notebooks made from mid-2012 to early 2013. An affected model may suffer from one or more symptoms that include distorted... Read more...
Electronics break all the time, it happens. The question is, are you able to repair a broken gadget, assuming it's out of warranty? Some devices are a bear to service, like the Pebble Smartwatch, which the folks at iFixIt deemed damn near impossible to open up without destroying or at least compromising its waterproofing capabilities. That's just one example, but something hardware manufacturers should be conscious of is that easy-to-repair electronics are more likely to lead to repeat customers. So suggests a new consumer survey by iFixIt. The repair site pinged over 13,200 users and asked them... Read more...
Gorilla Glass is great, sure, but it's not flawless, and it's still possible to damage and crack. But what if electronics could repair themselves? It sounds like a pipe dream, and indeed it is, but it may not be as far-fetched as you think. Toray Advanced Film Co. will reportedly begin to sell a self-curing coat film, which is said to be able to "self-repair small scratches in earnest." So far, the company has supplied the film to a number of smaller applications, and evidently things have turned out so well that commercial production is in the pipeline. It seems that touch panels are first in... Read more...
Say what you will about Apple (and yes, there's a lot to be said), but the company has proven fairly reliable when it comes to repairing or replacing defective gear over the years. They're even confessing to a "bar issue" on the iPhone 4, which can't be an easy thing to do. The only problem we see here, however, is that they're a few years late in addressing a very real issue, and we have all ideas that most consumers moved on and purchased a replacement from a rival company after their Apple unit broke. The unit we're talking about, of course, is the Time Capsule NAS device. Earlier models had... Read more...
Apple may have found a new way to force you to tell the truth about how well you’ve taken care of your iPhone or iPod. A recent patent filed by the company describes a customer abuse detection system that will allow technicians to tell if you’ve been too hard on Apple devices. Instances of abuse could include things such as immersing the device in liquid, exposing it to extreme temperatures, dropping it, or tampering with the device’s internal circuitry. This detection system could store a digital recording of the event in the device’s memory anytime abuse occurs. Using diagnostic tools, technicians... Read more...
Auphan Online had published a good article detailing their own iPod surgery. If your iPod's having some problems and your all out of ideas, might as well go the frankenstein route. "Your iPod. Its sleek, its sexy, and now... its not working. Is your iPod giving you the Apple equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death? Don't throw it out! You can fix it yourself, I'll show you how." Though if your warranty is still good, you might want to try that first.... Read more...