Summer vacation is nearly over! Textbooks, existential angst, and student loans loom on the horizon. What’s a student to do? In our opinion, the best way to prepare for the impending academic session is with plenty of studying, lots of coffee, and fully functional school gear. To help, we put together some awesome back-to-school repairs that will help keep your gear running, without depleting the ramen budget.
The box arrived at our office early one morning—non-descript, heavy, and unmarked. Its very ordinariness obscuring the splendor of its contents. iFixit is in the business of tools and teardowns, so cool stuff shows up on our doorstep a lot. This was different. Two days earlier, we’d put in an order for a Simul-Focal Stereo Zoom Microscope. It had just showed up in all of its glory. And we were excited. Because we’re going to teach you all how to microsolder. Check our YouTube channel for info.
For today’s episode of iFixit Teardown Time, we present your pupils with a peek inside the Sony a7R II. Now we’ve been hearing all sorts of hoopla about Sony’s second shot at their mirror-less flagship, so we pried open this pixel-powerhouse to demystify all the smoke and magnets. Spoiler alert: The hoopla is true. Check out the teardown for the gory details.
Our friends at Creative Electron let us pop the new OnePlus 2 into their X-ray machine and take a look-see at its insides during our last teardown. So, we turned those X-ray images into a new wallpaper for the OnePlus 2. The X-ray internals give you a view straight through to the high-powered heart of your phone. Get the free wallpaper on our blog!
Last year we tore down the OnePlus One—an initial offering from a scrappy Shenzhen startup. Their first attempt didn’t fare too well on the teardown table, scoring a middling 5/10 on our repairability scale. Given that assessment, we were impressed when OnePlus called us and offered up their second device, the OnePlus 2. With futuristic features like a USB-C port, 4 GB of RAM, and Optical Image Stabilization, clearly OnePlus has made some changes. But were they for the better?
Fairphone isn’t your everyday mobile phone maker. While Google has a sprawling campus in Silicon Valley, Fairphone has just the one regular office in Amsterdam. And while Apple has sold 500 million iPhones, Fairphone has produced and sold just 60,000. The Fairphone project has the potential to change how we make, use, and reuse the phones in our pockets. Because Fairphone is building an ethical cell phone: ethically sourced, ethically produced, and now incredibly repairable.
My boots have been through a lot—weekend hikes, snowshoeing in high country, and dozens of backpacking trips. And it looked like they’d hiked their last. I feel like I owe it to them to have another chance. So instead of just hosing them off and tossing them by the door, I decided to have a second look. The damage wasn’t really that bad. A bit of peeling in the left toe and some torn webbing that holds the laces on the right. Here’s how I fixed it.
When artist Lee John Phillip’s grandfather passed away, he left behind a workshop—its shelves buckling with decades of things that might prove useful someday. Phillips estimates that his grandfather collected well over 100,000 different objects—pliers, jars, brackets, and project scraps. As a memorial to his late grandfather, Phillips is going to draw every single thing in the workshop. And he is documenting The Shed Project, as he calls it, on Instagram.
It’s our mission to teach the world how to repair everything they own. But a successful repair often hinges on consumers having access to quality replacement parts. And all too often the right parts just aren’t available—to anyone. No part, no repair. No longer. iFixit is partnering with ERI—the largest recycler of electronic waste in the world—to make repair possible for gadgets of all kinds. Together, we’re working to keep as many electronics as possible in use and out of landfills.
Trends are, by definition, fleeting. And that’s especially true when it comes to clothes. So there’s a fun sort of irony in the newest fashion trend: clothes that are designed to last forever. The last few years has seen a resurgence of clothes and accessories that resist the impulse of fast fashion. Garments that are sustainable because they won’t go into a landfill anytime soon: they are easily repaired, made out of quality materials, and designed to never go out of style.
We thought Apple might finally abandon their OG (original gizmo) money-maker. After more than a year, a truly new iPod Touch 6th Generation has landed on our teardown table. The good news? It’s definitely more than just a refresh. Apple is bringing the iPod up to snuff with its current generation of iDevices with more features and even slightly improved repairability … hooray removable adhesive strips!
Just in time for the season of sunshine, GoPro has launched its tiniest camera ever: the GoPro Hero4 Session. This lil’ cube cam may be cute, but it definitely put up a not-so-cute fight on our teardown table. After heating, cutting, peeling, prying (and crying) we finally got it open! Let’s hope the GoPro is seriously durable in the water, because it’s hosed on repair: the GoPro scored a 1 out of 10 on our repairability scale.