Lawmakers in Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina recently introduced Right to Repair legislation—bringing the total number of states considering repair-friendly laws this year up to 11. That’s pretty impressive for an issue that rose to prominence almost exclusively through the grassroots efforts of netizens and tinkerers.
From iPods to Fitbits, gizmos keep getting smaller. So, we’re introducing a new toolkit to better handle modern devices. Armed with data from thousands of teardowns and repair guides, our engineers designed our most precise toolkit yet. We’re calling it the MicroTech Toolkit.
The iPad 5 bucks the Air 2’s slimming trend and brings back the thicker, more repairable screen of the original iPad Air. That makes the new iPad cheaper to make (good for Apple) and cheaper to fix (good for consumers). Which should earn it some extra credit with enterprise buyers, like—you know—schools full of kids who have a tendency to break things.
March is Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day—so we thought we’d take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the great women who work at iFixit and its sister company, Dozuki. When you go to a website like iFixit and scroll through the guides, it’s easy to forget that real people keep all those bits and bytes running smoothly. We’re an incredibly diverse team, split between two continents—but we’re united by a love of tinkering and repair.
The flathead is unapologetically utilitarian. Which makes sense, because of all the drivers, it’s apparently the oldest—dating back to the Middle Ages. It’s gone by many names over the years: the standard, the common blade, the flat-blade, the slot-head, the straight, the flat-tip, and, of course, the “flat-head.” Learn more about the history of bits on our blog!
The dominos keep tumbling. Last week, two more states—Illinois and Tennessee—introduced Right to Repair legislation, bringing the total number of states considering pro-repair laws this year to eight (up from three last year). But don’t break out the victory dance; it’s gonna be a bumpy ride from bill to law. According to Motherboard, Apple is gearing up to oppose the legislation in at least one state.
2017 could be a very good year for repair. More US states than ever are proposing Right to Repair legislation this year. So far, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming have all introduced versions of the pro-repair bill in their legislatures—and more states could follow suit. If passed, the laws would make it easier for consumers and independently-owned repair shops to fix far more products.
On a crisp Ohio morning in late November, Michael Oberdick climbed into his car and settled in for a long ride. A very long ride. Over the next 12 days, Michael would cross 13 states and drive 2,000-plus miles through the American Midwest. But this wasn’t your typical road trip. Instead of stopping to see the sights, Michael stopped to see repair shops. His goal: meet as many people in the electronics repair community as possible.
Every year, we disassemble a lot of new phones at iFixit. In 2016, we took apart everything from the iPhone 7 to the (now recalled) Note7. After every teardown, we assign the phones a repairability score based on ease-of-disassembly. Check out how a few of this year’s more notable phones did on our teardown table.
It was just after midnight when the fire alarms at San Luis Obispo High School started going off. The school’s computer lab was engulfed in flames. Firefighters smothered the flames, but everything in the lab was destroyed. Amid the wreckage of melted computers and scorched chairs, a half dozen robots lie cremated. The robotics team had been working on them for months. All of it—up in smoke.