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AirPods Pro 2 Teardown Provides Inside Look at Earbuds and Charging Case

Wednesday September 28, 2022 7:20 am PDT by
Repair website iFixit today shared a video teardown of Apple's second-generation AirPods Pro, providing a closer look at the internals of the new earbuds and charging case. The teardown confirms that AirPods Pro remain largely unrepairable. Opening up the AirPods Pro and the charging case continues to result in unfixable damage, preventing battery replacements and other repairs. "AirPods...
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Apple Watch Ultra Teardown Reveals Larger Battery, Improved Water Resistance, and More

Monday September 26, 2022 11:02 am PDT by
iFixit today shared an Apple Watch Ultra teardown post and video, providing a closer look at the watch's internal design and components. While the Apple Watch Ultra has four exposed pentalobe screws on the back case for quick access to the inside of the watch, iFixit said the device remains challenging to repair. For example, after removing the back case, iFixit said a gasket contributing to ...
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iPhone 14 Pro Max Teardown Provides Closer Look at Unused SIM Tray Area on U.S. Model and More

Tuesday September 20, 2022 8:42 am PDT by
Repair website iFixit today shared an in-depth teardown of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, providing a closer look at the device's internals. Notably, the teardown includes a photo of the plastic spacer that replaced the SIM card tray on the U.S. model. All four iPhone 14 models sold in the U.S. no longer have a physical SIM card tray and rely entirely on digital eSIMs. The teardown confirms that...
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MacBook Air Teardown Reveals M2 Chip and Single Storage Chip for 256GB Model

Monday July 18, 2022 8:05 am PDT by
YouTube channel Max Tech recently shared a video teardown of the new MacBook Air, providing a look inside the redesigned notebook. Overall, the internal design of the new MacBook Air looks similar to the previous model, but the flatter shell allowed for Apple to fit larger battery cells inside the notebook. The new MacBook Air is equipped with a 52.6-watt‑hour battery, compared to a...
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Third-Generation iPhone SE Teardown Reveals Larger Battery Capacity and Snapdragon X57 Modem

Monday March 21, 2022 6:38 am PDT by
The first teardowns of the third-generation iPhone SE have surfaced on YouTube, providing a look at components inside the device. iPhone SE 2 on top vs. iPhone SE 3 on bottom via PBKreviews The teardowns reveal the new iPhone SE has a larger 2,018 mAh battery compared to 1,821 mAh for the previous-generation model. The new iPhone SE offers up to an extra two hours of video playback and up to...
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New MacBook Pros Have Battery Pull Tabs for Easier Do-it-Yourself Battery Replacements, Says iFixit

Wednesday October 27, 2021 7:48 am PDT by
iFixit has shared a teaser of its 14-inch MacBook Pro teardown, and one noteworthy detail is the inclusion of pull tabs for the battery cells, which the repair website said will allow for easier do-it-yourself battery replacements. The four outer battery cells have easily-noticeable iPhone-like pull tabs, and once the trackpad is removed, there are cutouts in the chassis to access the pull...
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iFixit Shares iPhone 12 Pro Max Teardown Revealing L-Shaped Battery and Bigger Camera Module

Sunday November 22, 2020 1:53 am PST by
In the last of its iPhone 12 series teardowns, iFixit has published its iPhone 12 Pro Max disassembly, which reveals some unique differences in the design of the internals, including the full extent of the larger camera system responsible for the improved low-light performance on Apple's largest iPhone to date. On opening the ‌iPhone 12 Pro Max‌, the first obvious difference compared to the ‌...
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Mac Mini Teardown Provides Real-World Look at M1 Chip on Smaller Logic Board

Wednesday November 18, 2020 6:40 am PST by
A teardown of the new Mac mini has surfaced on the forum eGPU.io (via Reddit), providing us with a real-world look at Apple's new M1 chip, which is soldered onto a much smaller logic board than the one found in the 2018 model of the computer. The M1 is the silver chip labeled with APL1102, housing the 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, I/O controllers, and more all in one. The...
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iFixit Shares Full iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Teardown Revealing Interchangeable Displays and Batteries

Saturday October 24, 2020 1:48 pm PDT by
After live streaming a teardown of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro earlier this week, iFixit today provided a more in-depth teardown that goes through all of the components in the new devices, revealing several similarities between the two. Early testing conducted by iFixit shows that the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro displays are interchangeable and can be swapped without issue, though the max...
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2020 iMac Teardown Reveals Internal Changes and Similarities

Saturday August 8, 2020 12:44 pm PDT by
A teardown video, shared by OWC, reveals the internal changes in the new 2020 27-inch iMac. The 2020 27-inch ‌iMac‌ was announced earlier this week with 10th-generation Intel Core processors, AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics, up to 128GB of RAM, up to 8TB of storage, a 1080p front-facing FaceTime camera, a True Tone display with a nano-texture glass option, higher fidelity speakers, and ...
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iPhone SE Teardown: 3D Touch Chip Removed, iPhone 8 Camera Sensor, and More

Monday April 27, 2020 6:41 am PDT by
iFixit has published its full teardown of the new iPhone SE, confirming that the device has many similar or identical components as the iPhone 8, including the display, battery, cameras, Taptic Engine, SIM tray, and more. The new iPhone SE appears to have the same 12-megapixel rear camera sensor as the iPhone 8, with the benefit of the A13 chip's improved image signal processor, as Rene...
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iFixit Shares 2019 Mac Pro Teardown: 'A Masterclass in Repairability'

Tuesday December 17, 2019 4:20 am PST by
iFixit has shared its full teardown of the new Mac Pro, calling it "beautiful, amazingly well put together, and a masterclass in repairability." Given its modular design, the new Mac Pro unsurprisingly earned a nearly perfect repairability score of 9/10, with iFixit noting that basic repairs and upgrades can be performed with standard tools or even no tools at all. Major components also use...
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AirPods Pro Teardown: Heavier Than Original AirPods, Different Battery, Same Zero Repairability Score

Thursday October 31, 2019 3:45 am PDT by
iFixit today shared a teardown of the new $249 AirPods Pro, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the organization awarded Apple's latest wireless earphones the same zero repairability score as both versions of original AirPods. Apart from the replaceable $4-a-pair proprietary silicone tips that provide noise isolation and enhanced fit on the ‌AirPods Pro‌, it's the same story as Apple's previous...
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10.2-Inch iPad Teardown Confirms 3GB of RAM and Same-Size Battery

Friday September 27, 2019 5:26 am PDT by
iFixit has completed its teardown of the new 10.2-inch iPad and uncovered the same 8,227 mAh/32.9 Wh battery as the sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, while RAM has been increased from 2GB to 3GB. The 10.2-inch iPad is similar to the sixth-generation 9.7-inch ‌iPad‌, with the same A10 Fusion chip and Apple Pencil support, but it has a larger display and a Smart Connector that enables...
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iFixit's iPhone 11 Teardown: 'An iPhone XR With Some iPhone 11 Pro Tech Inside'

Monday September 23, 2019 8:10 am PDT by
Following a teardown of the iPhone 11 Pro Max on Friday, iFixit today posted a separate teardown of the entry-level iPhone 11 model. The repair site reiterated what has been said previously about the ‌iPhone‌ 11: it's essentially an ‌iPhone‌ XR, but with a few internal upgrades from the new ‌iPhone‌ 11 Pro family. There's a double-decker logic board, upgraded wide and ultrawide camera...
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iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max All Feature Thicker and Heavier Single-Cell Batteries

Wednesday September 18, 2019 7:58 am PDT by
In a production information sheet, Apple has confirmed the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max all feature single-cell batteries. Last year, only the iPhone XS had a single-cell, L-shaped battery, with an iFixit teardown of the device revealing that Apple "notched" the internal corners of the battery to prevent undue stress from thermal expansion. iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR models ...
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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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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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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...