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iFixit Shares 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Teardown

Wednesday June 14, 2017 5:54 am PDT by
iFixit has published a 10.5-inch iPad Pro teardown that provides a closer look at the tablet's internal design. For the most part, the inside of an 10.5-inch iPad Pro looks similar to the 9.7-inch model it replaced, with only a few minor differences. In the Wi-Fi version, for example, iFixit discovered some mysterious plastic blocks where the LTE antennas might be found in cellular...

New 9.7-Inch iPad Teardown Confirms It's Basically an Original iPad Air

Thursday March 30, 2017 5:32 am PDT by
iFixit has shared a brief teardown of Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad unveiled last week, and unsurprisingly, the tablet looks just as much like an original iPad Air on the inside as it does on the outside. In the side-by-side photo above, iFixit noted the original iPad Air on the left has a slightly larger Wi-Fi module compared to the new 9.7-inch iPad on the right, but otherwise the tablets look ...

Teardowns Confirm 13-Inch and 15-Inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros Have Non-Removable SSDs

Friday November 18, 2016 5:09 am PST by
iFixit has completed its teardown of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, confirming the notebook is equipped with a non-removable SSD just like the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Only the entry-level 13-inch model with a standard row of function keys has a removable SSD in Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup. 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar The teardown confirms the processor, RAM, ...

Apple Watch Series 2 Teardown Shows Larger Battery and Swimproof Design

Thursday September 15, 2016 10:03 pm PDT by
iFixit has published a work-in-progress Apple Watch Series 2 teardown that reveals a 273 mAh battery in the 38mm model, which is 33% larger than the 205 mAh battery in the original 38mm Apple Watch. However, battery life is equal to Series 1 models, likely because of the additions of a GPS and brighter display. The teardown says the Apple Watch Series 2's adhesive is "much stronger" than...

iPhone 7 Plus Teardown Confirms Longer-Lasting 2,900 mAh Battery and 3GB of RAM

Thursday September 15, 2016 8:19 pm PDT by
iFixit has published a work-in-progress iPhone 7 Plus teardown that provides a closer look at the smartphone's internal components, including the battery, display, cameras, logic board, and Taptic Engine for the new pressure-sensitive Home button. Interestingly, the smartphone now opens to it side rather than to the top. iFixit said the adhesive strip sealing the iPhone 7 Plus is...

New 12-Inch MacBook Teardown Reveals Tweaked USB-C Hardware and Tamper-Evident Screws

Monday April 25, 2016 7:31 am PDT by
iFixit has completed an in-depth hardware teardown of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook that reveals only minor under-the-hood changes to Apple's ultra-slim notebook compared to the 2015 model. Specifically, Apple has slightly tweaked the notebook's USB-C hardware by permanently affixing the cable to the USB board. The new arrangement is not compatible with the original 12-inch MacBook....

Teardown of 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Examines Speakers and Rear Camera, Finds 'Gobs of Adhesive'

Monday April 4, 2016 6:48 am PDT by
After discovering that a handful of iPhone SE components are interchangeable with those of the iPhone 5 in a teardown last week, iFixit today shifted its sights to the other major release from Apple's "Let Us Loop You In" media event - the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. iFixit surmised that the new iPad Pro is essentially the offspring of the iPad Air 2 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, acquiring the looks of the...

Teardown Finds iPhone SE and iPhone 5s Displays Interchangeable

Thursday March 31, 2016 7:28 pm PDT by
Yesterday, Chipworks' teardown of the iPhone SE confirmed that the new device uses a potpourri of components from several past iPhones, including the iPhone 5s. iFixit has completed its own teardown of the device, and its findings show that the new device includes several components that are interchangeable with iPhone 5s parts. iFixit found that the iPhone SE's speaker, chassis, vibrator,...

Smart Battery Case Teardown Confirms Battery is Difficult to Replace

Thursday December 10, 2015 6:19 am PST by
iFixit has completed a Smart Battery Case teardown, providing a closer look at the case's brushed aluminum inner shell, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and tiny logic board housing two Lightning connectors. The inner aluminum plate serves as a door for the battery compartment, which houses a 1,877 mAh battery (7.13 Whr) that more than doubles the iPhone 6s battery capacity of 1,715 mAh....

Teardown Shows Off the Guts of the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard

Tuesday November 24, 2015 7:04 am PST by
Following teardowns of the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro itself, iFixit today completed a disassembly of Apple's new first party Smart Keyboard accessory. The teardown of the keyboard doesn't provide much in the way of surprising internal revelations, but does give those interested a closer look at the accessory's conductive fabric, dome switches underneath the keys, and underlying circuit board...

Apple Pencil Teardown Reveals Antenna, Battery and Tiny Folded Logic Board

Thursday November 19, 2015 5:56 am PST by
iFixit has completed an Apple Pencil teardown, removing the outer plastic casing to reveal the pencil's inner metal cylinder. The teardown provides a closer look at several Apple Pencil components, including the antenna, battery, pencil nib, Lightning connector and miniature folded logic board. Apple Pencil has two emitters in the tip that enable the iPad Pro to determine the pencil nib's...

iFixit Teardown Reveals iPad Pro's Four-Speaker Design Fills Space That Could Have Held 50% More Battery

Wednesday November 11, 2015 4:23 pm PST by
iFixit is in the process of tearing down the iPad Pro, providing a closer look at how Apple organized the internals of the larger iPad. While the majority of the internal layout is similar to the iPad Air 2, there are some significant differences, including the inclusion of a brand new four-speaker audio setup. Each corner of the iPad Pro has a speaker driver sitting next to a...

iFixit Teardown of New 21.5-Inch 4K iMac Reveals DCI-P3 Display, Empty Solder Pads

Friday October 16, 2015 7:15 pm PDT by
Earlier today, iFixit conducted a teardown the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2. They've now followed that up with a teardown of the brand new 21.5-inch 4K iMac, and while the majority of the insides are the same as last year's model, there are some notable differences. First, the teardown found that the new iMac's 4K display is manufactured by LG. The new display is...

iFixit Tears Down Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2

Friday October 16, 2015 8:08 am PDT by
iFixit has published detailed teardowns of the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2, providing a closer look at the internal design and several matching components inside the trio of accessories. The teardown experts first pried through the Magic Keyboard's adhesive to uncover its logic board, rechargeable 793 mAh lithium-ion battery, Lightning connector cable and...

iPhone 6s Teardown: 1715 mAh Battery, Taptic Engine X-Ray, 3D Touch Display

Thursday September 24, 2015 8:37 pm PDT by
iFixit is in the process of taking apart the brand new iPhone 6s. While the internals aren't arranged too differently from the iPhone 6, there are some major visual differences worth noting. These include the new Taptic Engine, a smaller battery and the 3D Touch display. The most instantly recognizable difference is the smaller battery. While Apple's 3D Touch video previously confirmed that...

New Apple TV Teardown Provides Closer Look at A8 Chip, Larger Heat Sink and Siri Remote

Tuesday September 22, 2015 7:37 am PDT by
iFixit has posted a hardware teardown of the new fourth-generation Apple TV, providing a closer look at the set-top box's A8 chip, flash storage, redesigned power supply with a larger heat sink and other logic board components. The website also provided a teardown of the accompanying Siri Remote. Under the hood, the new Apple TV features a dual-core, 64-bit Apple A8 chip with 2GB of SK Hynix ...

New iPod Touch Teardown Confirms 1,043 mAh Battery and 1GB of RAM

Friday July 17, 2015 8:16 am PDT by
iFixit has posted a detailed teardown of the new sixth-generation iPod touch, confirming that the device has a 1,043 mAh rated lithium-ion battery and 1GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 RAM. Comparatively, the fifth-generation iPod touch released in 2012 had a 1,030 mAh rated battery and 512MB of RAM. The teardown also provides a closer look at the new iPod touch's Apple A8 chip and M8 motion...

Teardown of 38mm Apple Watch Sport Reveals 205 mAh Battery, Taptic Engine

Thursday April 23, 2015 9:04 pm PDT by
iFixit is currently in the process of tearing down a 38mm Apple Watch Sport after the device launched in Australia today. While it is still early in the teardown process, the team has found that disconnecting the display from the body can be a little difficult, similar to the troublesome Touch ID cable on the iPhone 5s. Behind the display, two of the most significant features of the Apple...

iFixit Tears Down iPad Air 2, Confirms Smaller Battery, A8X Chip, and 2GB RAM

Wednesday October 22, 2014 3:23 pm PDT by
Now that the iPad Air 2 is being delivered to customers and showing up in retail Apple Stores, iFixit has acquired one of the new tablets and has begun one of its traditional teardowns to see just what's inside Apple's thinner, more powerful iPad Air 2. According to iFixit, the "gapless" front panel is more rigid than previous iPad models, and feels sturdier when it's being pried up with the...

Teardown of iPad Air Reveals A7 Chip, LG Display, Qualcomm LTE Modem

Friday November 1, 2013 6:50 am PDT by
iFixit has performed another one of its traditional high-quality teardowns on the iPad Air. The new iPad is dramatically thinner and lighter compared to the previous models, and also sports a 64-bit A7 chip, an M7 motion compressor, and a Qualcomm MDM9615 LTE modem. Among the details revealed in the teardown: - The display appears to be manufactured by LG. The Korean company along with Sharp...