Apple is about to ghost the iPhone 4. According to a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara—on October 31, Apple will likely place all models of the iPhone 4 on its list of vintage or obsolete devices. Of course, that’s also Halloween, which feels like a fitting day for Apple to banish the iPhone 4 into repair oblivion.
Google is steadily continuing down its path of world domination. And now they’re taking on the smartphone market—all by themselves this time! The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first phones designed entirely by Google from the ground up. Despite trending toward an iPhone aesthetic (like most phones this year), the Pixel family is both reminiscent of and departs from previous Google designs. Check out the full teardown!
The 2016 VR battle rages on. Sony just threw their name into the VR gauntlet, debuting their years-in-the-making PlayStation VR. After dominating the hardware landscape for for-ev-er, we’re betting Sony will be a worthy contender against PC platform heavyweights. The verdict: Sony just won the war.
You’ve probably heard by now that Samsung’s Note7 has been recalled because it has a startling propensity to burst into flames. The Korean company quickly started exchanging the recalled phones for “safe” phones. Except the replacement phones started exploding, too. Yesterday, the electronics giant told owners of both recalled and replacement units to power off their phones and stop using them. Check out our CEO Kyle Wiens’s editorial on the fiasco on Wired.
The decision to axe the iPhone’s built-in headphone port and simply put an adapter in the box has provoked reactions ranging from amusement to near panic. Why did they do it? Was it worth it? Will other manufacturers copy it? Today we’re going to ignore all of these questions. Instead we’re asking, How did they do it? And since we like taking things apart, we’ll answer with some exploratory surgery and some X-rays.
The construction in the new Series 1 exactly matches what we saw in our teardown of the original Apple Watch, right down to that annoying display cable bracket. That’s the exact same 0.78 Wh (206 mAh at 3.8 V) battery, right down to the Apple part number. Just to be sure, we checked compatibility with our original Apple Watch parts stock, and found that Series 0 and Series 1 displays and batteries are completely interchangeable.
Ever wonder where something like an iPhone 7 comes from before it winds up on the shelf? Sure they’re sleek, but electronics are also notoriously complex to manufacture—because so many difference types of materials go into them. Of the 118 elements on the periodic table, at least 70 can be found in cell phones. The supply chain for electronics criss-crosses all over the globe. Now, a new game, called In the Loop, helps you unravel it.
Less than two weeks after our teardown triathlon in Tokyo, our courageous team of engineers are bringing you a full set of repair guides for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While we hope you don’t need these guides just yet, we want to make sure all you accident-prone folks out there know how to fix your phones.
It’s that time of year again! We’re done with our Apple teardowns and we’ve already started on writing repair guides for the new iPhones. Which means we can get onto the stuff that really matters: internals wallpapers pics for your new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus! With internals wallpapers on your phone, it’s basically like looking straight through the screen and into the heart of your phone. Which means you can show off all the beautiful guts that make your iPhone 7 tick. Find them on iFixit.org/blog.
The Swedish government is considering legislation that would give tax breaks to people who repair stuff instead of throwing it away. According to The Guardian, the proposal—which is scheduled to be introduced in parliament today—reduces the VAT rate (a consumption tax) on the repair of shoes, clothes, and bikes from 25% to 12%. The government is also considering a measure that would partially defray the cost of repairing appliances, like refrigerators, washing machines, and ovens.
Good news for chronic phone fumblers: Apple’s newest iPhones are water resistant. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have an IP67 rating, which means they theoretically should survive at one meter underwater for up to half an hour. That’s good—because (as we often hear from community members) phones tumble into toilets water all the time. So, in the name of durability testing, we decided to test the limits of the iPhone 7’s water resistance. Time for an experiment.