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iFixit Tearing Down New iPhone 11 Pro Live on YouTube

Friday September 20, 2019 9:30 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone 11, ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max launched today, and repair site iFixit has picked up one of the new ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro models to take apart for one of the site's traditional teardowns. iFixit is doing this year's teardown live on YouTube, which everyone can follow right along to get a peek inside Apple's newest devices as they're pulled apart bit by bit. iFixit's...
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iFixit: Apple 'Locking' iPhone Batteries to Discourage Third-Party Replacements [Updated]

Thursday August 8, 2019 4:04 am PDT by
Apple has activated a "dormant software lock" on its latest iPhones to discourage battery replacements that aren't undertaken by Apple, according to iFixit. The teardown group has discovered that an iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or ‌iPhone‌ XS Max that has had its battery swapped by anyone other than Apple or an Apple authorized service provider will now display a message saying their battery needs...
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Base 2019 13-Inch MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals Larger Battery, Soldered-Down SSD, and Updated Keyboard Material

Friday July 12, 2019 5:35 am PDT by
iFixit has shared a teardown of the new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, which was refreshed this week with Intel's latest 8th-generation processors, a True Tone display, Touch Bar, Touch ID, and the Apple T2 security chip. The teardown reveals a larger battery with a 58.2 Wh capacity, which slightly exceeds the 54.5 Wh battery found in the previous-generation function key model. iFixit...
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iFixit Finds 2019 MacBook Pro Keyboard Has 'Subtle' Changes to Membrane Cover and Switches

Friday May 24, 2019 8:12 am PDT by
Apple surprised us with a MacBook Pro refresh earlier this week. 2019 models feature faster Intel processors with up to eight cores for the first time, as well as "new materials" added to the keyboard to hopefully reduce issues such as sticky and repeating keys that prompted Apple's worldwide repair program. Apple didn't elaborate on the new materials, but the repair experts at iFixit have co...
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iFixit Removes Galaxy Fold Teardown at Samsung's Request

Friday April 26, 2019 2:54 am PDT by
iFixit has decided to pull its revealing Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown. The decision is said to have been made after Samsung indirectly requested its removal from the website, which published the teardown on Wednesday. iFixit provided the following statement on its blog: We were provided our Galaxy Fold unit by a trusted partner. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit remove ...
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iFixit Teardown of Samsung Galaxy Fold Reveals Likely Design Flaw

Wednesday April 24, 2019 4:02 am PDT by
iFixit today published its teardown of Samsung's Galaxy Fold, offering more details on a potential flaw in the device, which has now been delayed following reports of several broken review units. Essentially, it looks as though Samsung was so focused on perfecting the folding mechanism on the smartphone/tablet hybrid that it made a major oversight: providing adequate protection against the...
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iPad Air Teardown: A12 Bionic Processor With 3GB of RAM, Bluetooth 5 and Larger Battery, But Lacks ProMotion Display Tech

Wednesday April 3, 2019 4:01 am PDT by
iFixit today shared a teardown of the resurrected iPad Air, confirming specs and providing some additional details about the component parts of Apple's new middle-tier tablet, which is compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil. The iPad Air is identical in size and thickness to the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and just a bit lighter weight. iFixit notes that outwardly, the only design...
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iPad Mini 5 Teardown: A12 Bionic Processor With 3GB of RAM, Bluetooth 5, True Tone Sensors, and Same Battery Capacity

Tuesday April 2, 2019 3:41 am PDT by
iFixit today shared a teardown of the new iPad mini, confirming specs and providing some additional details about the component parts of Apple's smallest fifth-generation tablet, which is compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil. iFixit notes that the only exterior clue that distinguishes the new iPad mini from the earlier model is its model number, A2133, and the removal of regulatory...
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AirPods 2 Teardown: H1 Chip With Bluetooth 5.0, Same Batteries, and Water-Repellent Coating on Charging Case Board

Friday March 29, 2019 5:35 am PDT by
iFixit today shared a teardown of the second-generation AirPods, providing a closer look at the H1 chip with Bluetooth 5.0 and the same 93 milliwatt hour battery in each of the AirPods in line with the original pair. New charging case on left and new ‌AirPods‌ with H1 chip labeled in red on right via iFixit The repair website also pried open the new wireless charging case, which continues to...
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iFixit's Do-it-Yourself iPhone Battery Replacement Kits to Remain $29.99 Until End of 2019

Wednesday January 30, 2019 3:18 am PST by
iFixit today announced that its do-it-yourself iPhone battery replacement kits will remain $29.99 until the end of 2019. The repair website lowered the price of its kits in late 2017 to match Apple's discounted iPhone battery replacement fee of $29, which ended on December 31, 2018. Apple now charges $49 to replace the battery in the ‌iPhone‌ 6 through ‌iPhone‌ 8 Plus and $69 for the ‌iPhone‌...
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'Flexgate': 2016 and Newer MacBook Pro Users Report Display Issues Due to Fragile Flex Cables

Tuesday January 22, 2019 7:20 am PST by
An increasing number of users have experienced backlight issues on 2016 and newer MacBook Pro models, particularly those with the Touch Bar, often resulting in a so-called "stage light effect" along the bottom of the display. Image via MacRumors forum member SourceSunTom According to the repair website iFixit, which highlighted the issue today, the underlying cause is Apple's use of thin,...
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iFixit Begins Selling 2018 Mac Mini RAM Upgrade Kit, Save Up to $275 Versus Apple

Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:24 am PST by
Unlike the previous 2014 model, the 2018 Mac mini has user-upgradeable RAM. The repair experts at iFixit are now selling a do-it-yourself RAM upgrade kit for the 2018 Mac mini that can save you hundreds of dollars. The upgrade kit includes 16GB or 32GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 RAM, the same type of memory Apple uses in the 2018 Mac mini, along with all of the tools and bits needed to complete the...
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2018 Mac mini Teardown: User-Upgradeable RAM, But Soldered Down CPU and Storage

Friday November 9, 2018 4:51 am PST by
The repair experts at iFixit have completed their teardown of the new Mac mini, providing a look inside the portable desktop computer. Disassembly of the new Mac mini remains fairly straightforward. iFixit popped off the plastic bottom cover with its opening tool and then used a Torx screwdriver to unfasten the familiar antenna plate underneath. With access to the inside, iFixit then...
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2018 MacBook Air Teardown Confirms Improving Repairability With Adhesive Pull-Tabs Under Battery and Speakers

Thursday November 8, 2018 4:56 am PST by
The repair experts at iFixit have completed their teardown of the new MacBook Air, providing a closer look inside the notebook. iFixit started by confirming the keyboard on the new MacBook Air has the same silicone membrane under the keycaps as the latest MacBook Pro, as expected since they both use Apple's third-generation butterfly keyboard. Next, they flipped the notebook onto its...
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Enthusiasts Detail RAM Upgrade Process for the 2018 Mac mini

Thursday November 8, 2018 2:10 am PST by
RAM replacement guides for the new 2018 Mac mini have appeared online, detailing what's involved if users choose to go against Apple's advice and upgrade the removable memory modules themselves. Apple's official line is that it doesn't consider the new Space Gray Mac mini to be user-configurable, therefore the company recommends that later memory upgrades be performed by a certified Apple...
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iFixit Gives Us a Peek Inside iPhone XR With New Teardown

Friday October 26, 2018 12:57 pm PDT by
Apple's new lower-cost flagship smartphone, the iPhone XR, launched today, and iFixit picked up one of the new devices to take it apart for one of the site's traditional teardowns that are designed to give us a peek inside Apple hardware. An x-ray provided by Creative Electron offers a look inside the fully assembled iPhone, showing where each component is located. Opening up the iPhone...
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iFixit Indicates Third-Party 2018 MacBook Pro, iMac Pro Repairs Still Possible For Now

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:35 pm PDT by
Earlier this week, MacRumors obtained an internal document from Apple stating that Macs with the Apple T2 chip, including the iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pro, must pass Apple diagnostics for certain repairs to be completed. The document states:For Macs with the Apple T2 chip, the repair process is not complete for certain parts replacements until the AST 2 System Configuration suite has been...
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Apple Watch Series 4 Teardown: 20% Less Battery Capacity, Hidden Barometric Sensor, and Streamlined Internals [Updated]

Monday September 24, 2018 5:14 am PDT by
iFixit has completed a teardown of the Apple Watch Series 4, providing a look inside a larger 44mm model with LTE. Image Credit: iFixit The repair experts believe that while the original Apple Watch was awkwardly layered together and used too much glue, the Series 4 lineup feels "much more thoughtfully laid out," likening it to the iPhone 5.Apple pundit John Gruber has compared this to the...
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iFixit: iPhone XS Has 'Notched' Battery and iPhone XS Max Has Apple-Designed Power Management Chip [Updated]

Friday September 21, 2018 5:53 am PDT by
The repair experts at iFixit have shared teardowns of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, providing a look inside the latest models. iPhone XS on left and iPhone XS Max on right via iFixit While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have improved IP68-rated water resistance, iFixit says it could not find any obvious evidence of increased waterproofing, with the SIM tray gasket and other seals looking...
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Inside the iPhone Repair Ecosystem: Where Do Replacement Parts Come From and Can You Trust Them?

Tuesday August 14, 2018 11:58 am PDT by
There's a thriving market for unofficial, aftermarket iPhone parts, and in China, there are entire massive factories that are dedicated to producing these components for repair shops unable to get ahold of parts that have been produced by Apple. The entire Apple device repair ecosystem is fascinating, complex, and oftentimes confusing to consumers given the disconnect between Apple, Apple...