The Kindle Voyage is a dream come true for the avid Kindle user. But we are more interested in the construction and repairability of the Voyage, than the cool new features. Advancements like pressure-sensing buttons and ambient light sensors didn’t do much to hamper repair, but the new front panel glass and its fused display weren’t a fun find. That said, the Voyage is a solid device that doesn’t try too hard to keep fixers out. It earned a decent 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale.
Even if you’ve stripped the screw so badly it’s a hollowed-out shell of its former self, you still have options. Our very own Gwendolyn Gay has put together a few tips and tricks for what to do when you’ve stripped a screw. So you can get back on the road to repair.
Last week, we launched a new book in the iFixit Store about one man’s adventures on the road. Dr. Ronald Mullisen’s book tells of harrowing breakdowns and creative repairs. Ronnie’s Roadside Repairs is as much a memoir as it is a celebration of on-the-spot repair—the kind that tests your knowledge, your mettle, and your resourcefulness. We wanted to celebrate that, so we asked our community to tell us their most epic roadside repairs. We picked our favorites; read them on our blog!
Listeners tuned in for his sagely car advice, but they trusted him for his booming laugh. On Monday, Tom Magliozzi—who co-hosted Car Talk on NPR with his brother, Ray Magliozzi—passed away of complications stemming from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 77. Tom Magliozzi was both an amazing teacher and a captivating entertainer. And that’s because he approached cars the same way he approached life: with curiosity, exuberance, and joy. Certainly, the radio will seem a little less vibrant without him.
Driving through the Baja California desert in 1966 in a $50 Chevy Corvair, Ron Mullisen and a friend started having engine trouble—and dealt with it, on the spot. Ron Mullisen is the author of Ronnie’s Roadside Repairs, a memoir full of stories of road trips and the (inevitable) breakdowns along the way. Ron’s book illustrates something iFixit believes in: the power of resourcefulness, self-reliance, and mechanical know-how. Get the book in iFixit’s Store now, and get out there on the road!
Technology marches onward. Apple is refreshing huge swaths of its product line, with faster processors, more RAM, better cameras, and sleeker enclosures. Of course, one would expect the iPad Mini 3 to receive similar treatment. It’s now equipped with the A7 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 5 MP iSight camera. A year ago, your new iPad Mini with Retina Display only came with an A7 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 5 MP iSight camera… Oh well, but hey! It’s gold now.
The iPad Air 2 contains a fitting 2 GB of RAM, and has received a fitting 2 out of 10 repairability score—the same as last year’s Air. Yes, the Air 2’s fused glass/LCD should keep the broken glass shards more intact if the iPad takes a tumble. But it comes at a price, literally: Repairers now have to replace the entire display, hiking up the cost of repair. The Air 2 also has a slightly smaller battery and speakers than the Air 1, and a (physically) smaller rear camera than the iPhone 6 Plus.
Sometimes we just don’t understand what goes on in hardware designers’ heads. Apple took one of their most-fixable, most-upgradable products and broke it. Apple decided to throw us a repair curveball by preventing access to internals via T6 Torx Security screws. The second detriment is the now-soldered-on RAM. So whatever RAM your Mini came with, that’s the amount it’ll take to its grave. The 2014 Mini lost two repairability points, getting a 6 out of 10 on our scale.
Another year, another iMac refresh. For what? A pitiful processor bump? An even thinner display on a device that you’ll never see from the side? Not this time. Today, Apple brings the high-density Retina display to its largest form factor yet: the 27″ iMac. With such an enticement for consumers to upgrade, we took extra care to find out what changes Apple made under the iMac’s hood. What new hardware supports this behemoth of a display? And what do the new changes mean for repairs and upgrades?
Ah, it’s that time of year again. The air is getting crisper. The days are getting shorter. The coffee is getting pumpkin spicier. And the repair, reuse, and recycling conferences are out in full force. Of course, iFixit is a repair and reuse organization. So, that means we’re gonna be hitting the road for repair. For the next month, our team will be at conferences talking about how we fix stuff and how you can fix things, too. Check the full conference schedule on our blog.
Now that iFixit’s industrious teardown team is home and recovered from that nasty Australian jet lag, we’ve been cracking on repair guides for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. And with the devices open on our photo table, it was (of course) time to take our yearly iPhone internals wallpaper pics. Show off the guts and glory that make your iPhone tick. It’s basically like having X-ray vision, except without all the privacy violations. Get them on our blog.
It’s that time of year again. Fall is here: leaves are turning, Ugg sales are on the upslope, and your local Starbucks is busily brewing up Pumpkin Spice Lattes. All of this can mean only one thing—Amazon has refreshed its Kindle line, and is ready to begin sharing the new goodies. We took it upon ourselves to grab both the new base Kindle e-reader—the $79 Kindle 7th Generation—and a new face in the crowd, the Fire HD 6, a $99 Android-based tablet.