On Friday, we tore down Apple’s two newest iPhones and found something new lurking (quite literally) just below the surface. When we opened up the 6s, we discovered some mystery adhesive around a display that’s already secured with screws. Weird. It’s not as if past iPhone displays were in danger of falling out of the phone. So if the iPhone display didn’t need adhesive, what was Apple up to? We had our suspicions. Maybe—just maybe—it was designed to keep liquids out.
Unfortunately, the iFixit app is no longer available through the App Store. Apple sent us a developer’s unit of the Apple TV, and we tore it down—which technically violated their terms and conditions, so they closed our developer account which resulted in our app being pulled from the App Store. Oops. We apologize if you’ve been inconvenienced. The good news is that we’ve put a lot of work into our mobile site. You can still get full functionality from iFixit on an iOS device.
Our curiosity not yet slaked by the iPhone 6s, we took up our spudgers and opening tools again. Once more into the breach, dear friends! What secrets lie within the bulkier iPhone brother? I guess the only way to find out is to open it up.
No teardown is as highly anticipated as an iPhone teardown—so, to quell your curiosity, our teardown engineers ventured to the land down under and investigated the innards of an iPhone 6s. Getting into the new iPhone is almost as easy as it was before—thanks to some surprise adhesive lurking beneath the display. Inside, Apple’s new Taptic Engine squished the battery ever-so slightly, the display grew to accommodate additional capacitive sensors, and the A9 got a size bump from last year’s A8.
Today we present you with a teardown treat—a back-to-back, device double feature! That’s right, we tore apart the Apple TV 4th Gen, as well as the fancypants, Glass Touch, Bluetooth remote. It’s been three years since the Apple TV has seen a hardware update, and we’re hopeful that this new design is as repairable as the last. Spoiler alert: it is!
In this week’s episode of “Our Community Is Cool as Hell,” check out the time-lapse video that iFixit member “Bexoro” (aka Ben Orozco) made of his MacBook Pro repair. Ben accidentally bashed up the retina display of his MBP when it tumbled off a chair, turning the screen kaleidoscopic. So Ben broke out his tools and replaced the screen. See that beautiful repair footage on our blog.
The Appleverse is chock-full of new and refreshed gizmos. First item of the fall Apple offerings on our teardown table—the iPad Mini 4. Apple seems to have homogenized their iPad lineup by putting an iPad Mini 3 and an iPad Air 2 in a fusion chamber—boom, iPad Mini 4. A fused display, 8 MP iSight camera, and 2 GB of RAM in the same 7.9″ mini form factor some of us love.
Drained batteries are a drag. Drained batteries on an iPhone—especially when it won’t hold a charge for more than a couple of hours—is a super-mucho-grande drag. Dan Delany, a New York City resident and web developer at Spotify, has had his iPhone 4 for about 5 years—a pretty impressive run for a smartphone. Except lately, his aging iPhone hasn’t been performing quite like it used to. Time for a battery replacement.
With a boatload of antennas, elegant design, and a huge speaker (of all things), the Google OnHub is like no router you’ve ever seen. There’s certainly experimental tech in here. But the speaker is just a speaker and the lack of microphones makes us wonder if the real home automation hub might happen in the upcoming ASUS version. Specs aside, do we think the OnHub was on-point in repair? Not quite. And that’s why we gave it a 4 out of 10 on the repairability scale.
There are two things we keep telling people about repair. (1) It’s probably easier than you think. (2) If it’s already broken and destined for the trash, you really have nothing to lose by trying. To illustrate those points, we’ve posted a video of a pre-tween trio pulling off a fan repair. The fixer kids take viewers from troubleshooting and cleaning, to repair and testing. The best part is watching their reaction when they flip the switch and the fan actually works again.
How long do you think you could go without buying new clothes? As in, no new pants. No new socks. Not even new underwear. A couple of months, maybe? Well, a group of DIYers is swearing off new clothes for a whole year. Instead, participants of the challenge—which launched on a blog called My Make Do and Mend Life—will repair, repurpose, and “make do” with what they have. Neat, huh?
Geoffrey Fowler has a friend with a Samsung TV that inexplicably stopped working halfway through a movie. Geoff’s friend thought she had no other option than to replace it. Geoffrey—a writer with Wall Street Journal—wondered what it would take to fix the flat screen TV. And so, he went down the repair rabbit hole.