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Apple may have chosen to quietly launch its second generation iPad mini tablet with an upgraded "Retina" class display, but that didn't stop the folks at iFixIt from snagging a sample for their operating tablet. They made quick work of tearing into the newest iPad mini, which sports a panel that still measures 7.9 inches like before, but with a tastier 2048x1536 resolution at 326 ppi. Does the upgraded panel make a difference in terms of how difficult it is to service these devices? Short and sweet, the answer is "no." The newest iPad mini mustered a rather pathetic "Repairability Score" of just 2 out of 10, meaning it's not something you'll want to try and crack open at home unless you're highly... Read more...
Other than the fact that demand is currently outstripping supply, there's not a whole lot to dislike about Google's Nexus 5, at least on paper. Spec for spec, it's a better version of the Nexus 4, and there are many happy Nexus 4 owners in the wild, You might be one of them. Of course, it would take a hands-on evaluation and formal review to really cover the phone's high and low points, but in the meantime, there's proof outside of a spec sheet that Google has something special on its hands. The gadget nerds (a term we use affectionately) over at iFixIt snagged themselves a newly minted Nexus 5 and plopped it on their operating table for a full autopsy. Things got off to a good start when iFixIt... Read more...
Based on a new report by J.D. Power, there's a good chance you'll be satisfied with the iPad Air, should you decide to grab one. Samsung ranks highest in customer satisfaction among tablet owners, but Apple isn't far behind. However, should something break out of warranty and you find yourself tempted to perform an autopsy, well, best of luck. The folks at iFixIt grabbed themselves an iPad Air and went straight to work disassembling the device in its latest teardown analysis. The unfortunate reality is that most slates aren't real great about promoting DIY repair, and the iPad Air isn't an exception. On the plus side, its "Repairability Score" of 2 out of 10 isn't the worst we've ever seen. Image... Read more...
We've said before that we think Microsoft might be onto something with its second generation Surface systems. Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are thinner, lighter, faster, and more feature-rich than the first generation Surface tablets, and though we'll reserve final judgement until we're able to formally review these devices, what we saw during Microsoft's unveiling was pretty impressive. That said, it's a little disappointing that these types of gadgets can sometimes be incredibly tough to repair on your own at home. Surface Pro 2 is the newest device to get the teardown treatment from iFixIt. Things started off well enough with iFixIt noting how easily the kickstand is removed, but that would... Read more...
Apple devices have never really been known as being particularly easy to service and repair on your own at home. In fact, Apple sometimes goes to great lengths to prevent device owners from tinkering around inside their hardware, such as using liberal amounts of adhesive and locking the chassis together with pentalobe screws. Is the new iPhone 5S any different? The fearless folks at iFixIt went in search of an answer by gutting Apple's latest smartphone. Right off the bat, it's evident that Apple hasn't changed its stance with the DIY crowd. The iPhone 5S still sports pentalobe screws, meaning you need a special (and hard to find) type of screwdriver, which of course you can find at places like... Read more...
Score a victory for the boys and girls in the good ol' U.S. of A. The tech Dexters at iFixIt hijacked Motorola's American made Moto X smartphone and were prepared to pry it open no matter how messy things might get, but as it turns out, the device is really not all that difficult to service and repair, scoring a respectable 7 out of 10 on iFixIt's repairability meter. It's worth noting that the Moto X is the first smartphone assembled in the United States, so this wasn't just another teardown, it was in part an evaluation of American craftsmanship. Motorola's smartphone plant resides in the fine state of Texas and is reportedly home to around 2,000 jobs. Getting back to the teardown, the discovery... Read more...
We already gave NVIDIA's Shield handheld gaming device a pretty thorough once-over in our official review, though one thing we didn't do is disassemble the gadget and take a look at its guts. It's not that we didn't want to, but such operations are best left to the fearless folks at iFixIt, who post some of the best teardowns you'll find on the web. As luck would have it, they got their paws on a Shield device of their own and proceeded to take it apart. The 20-step teardown reveals that Shield is fairly easy to crack open. It's kind of like opening up a traditional gaming controller, only what you'll find inside is more complicated. Much more complicated, in fact, as it's crammed full of pieces... Read more...
Well, that was fast! It took the folks at iFixIt all of 2 nanoseconds to get their paws on of Apple's newly refreshed mid-2013 model MacBook Air laptops with Haswell inside. Apple just announced the new models at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this week, and while the outward appearance looks the same as the previous generation model, iFixIt is more concerned about the internal parts, especially as it pertains to how easy (or difficult) it might be to service busted components. According to iFixIt, a 180-degree rotation of the mid-2013 MacBook Air gives a glimpse of the only noticeable change to the exterior shell, which comes in the form of dual microphones along the left side. You... Read more...
Usually it's the folks at iFixit who tear into the latest devices and post detailed worklogs of the process, but Google Glass is a little tougher to come by. Nevertheless, we managed to find some brave souls on the web willing to dissect Glass and post a bevy of high resolution photographs. The first thing Catwig.com did when it got its hands on Google Glass was bring it back to its lab to begin its autopsy. There weren't any major roadblocks in disassembling the hardware, though it's not something a novice will want to attempt. "Much of the disassembly ahead was specialized, and required a certain precision in dexterity to pull off," Catwig noted in its worklog. "That said, if you're careful... Read more...
In the fiercely competitive 7-inch tablet category, it's not unusual for companies to sell their slates at cost or even at a slight loss. The idea is to get the hardware into consumers' hands, and then flip a profit on content consumption sales, like ebooks, music downloads, apps, and so forth. A recent teardown analysis of the iPad mini reveals that Apple may be taking a different approach. The folks at All Things D got their hands on a teardown report by research firm IHS iSuppli, and according to the part-by-part analysis, the cost of components in the 16GB iPad mini model comes to $188. That's $141 less than the $329 retail price tag it carries, though it's important to note that the Bill... Read more...
You don't buy an iPhone device with the intention of tearing it open and modding the handset in any significant way. In fact, most of Apple's products are a bear to service and/or mod, but would you believe things are getting better? Perhaps you've heard, Apple launched a new smartphone, and believe it or not, the iPhone 5 isn't a complete disaster when it comes to tearing it open (and yes, "complete disaster" is where we've set the bar). The folks at iFixIt did what they do best and promptly gutted the iPhone 5 in their latest tech autopsy. They've been doing this type of thing for some time now, grading devices with a Repairability Score that ranges from 1 to 10; the higher the score, the easier... Read more...
Apple's recently unveiled iPhone 5 device is the company's thinnest, lightest, and presumably the most costliest to produce iPhone model to date. We know the first two to be fact (unless Apple was inexplicably trying to temporarily bamboozle the masses during its press event yesterday afternoon), and the latter is an educated guess based on an estimated bill of materials (BOM). TechInsights compared the cost of parts in the iPhone 5 to that of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, all 16GB models, and the latest version is $35 more expensive to build than its immediate predecessor, and $55.50 pricier than the regular iPhone 4. Those figures are based on estimates of what the individual cost of parts are... Read more...
After Apple released the MacBook Pro with Retina Display last month, there's been a great deal of discussion around Apple's decision to make the device nearly impossible to repair. It's a "feature" that's Apple has steadily pushed across most of its product lines; the iPad 3 is similarly difficult to modify. iFixit has just posted their teardown of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, with an eye towards discovering whether Google took a page from Apple's book or pointedly refused to do so. 1mm difference Between iPad, Nexus 7 The Nexus 7 uses retention clips to hold the frame together; iFixit describes the process of releasing those clips as "smooth as butter." The size difference between Apple's glue... Read more...
For those of you who lay awake at night tossing and turning as you try to figure out whether Apple can afford to sell its new iPad models at the same price points as the iPad 2, you can rest easy knowing the Cupertino company is still making a profit on hardware. And a hefty one at that. IHS iSuppli completed its teardown analysis of the new iPad and figured out that it costs between $306.05 (16GB Wi-Fi) and $397.95 (64GB Wi-Fi + 4G) to build the new tablets. Here's how it breaks down: iPad 16GB Wi-Fi: $306.05 to build, sells for $499 ($192.95 difference) iPad 32GB Wi-Fi: $322.85 to build, sells for $599 ($275.15 difference) iPad 64GB Wi-Fi: $356.45 to build, sells for $699 ($342.55 difference)... Read more...
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