This week marks a decade since Steve Jobs walked onto a MacWorld stage and announced Apple’s newest product: the iPhone. What a presentation it was—the iPhone was a game changer. While Apple can’t take sole credit for the invention of the smartphone, modern phones owe a ton to that first little device.
This year, iFixit did teardowns of a lot of virtual reality headsets (and accessories). So, how’d the Oculus Rift CV1, the PSVR, and the HTC Vive stack up against each other? Check out our VR year-end review—and decide for yourself who made the best VR headset of 2016.
Sometime in the near future you’ll venture into your dusty attic or musty garage and pull out a miserably tangled set of Christmas lights. Millions will throw out their broken Christmas lights and buy new ones, but you will not. You are a strong, independent person. You will save Christmas (lights) this year.
“Tools are your good friends. Why? Because they make it possible for you to do hundreds of jobs that you couldn’t with your own hands. They are extra hands—and eyes—which give you countless new skills. If you treat the tools you use as friends, they’ll always be ready to help you when you need them most.”
I woke up early Sunday morning to the usual buzz of Slack notifications from iFixit. Someone had set up a Slack reminder for the Snapchat website that announces the location of their Spectacles-dispensing “Bot.” If my phone’s insistent buzzing was to be believed, the Bot was on the move. And now, so was I. Thirteen minutes later, I was on the road, chasing Snapchat’s elusive Bot into the California mountains.
Meizu drew a lot of design inspiration from Apple for the outside of the MX6 (right down to the two Pentalobe screws at the bottom), but is it the same story on the inside? Surprisingly, no. The MX6 sports several features and components that set it apart from any phone designed in Cupertino. Check out all the details on our blog.
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.
I found Dina on Instagram, where she makes teardown videos as part of an ongoing project she calls “Tinker Fridays.” At iFixit, we approach teardowns with a sort of surgical precision. Components are sorted and meticulously re-composed on a table, like a scientist pinning specimens to a board. For Dina, objects are like puzzle boxes—mysteries await just beneath the cover. In her hands, objects dance apart and reveal themselves, like a wonderful secret only you’ve been told.
We take a lot of pictures at iFixit. The place is crawling with camera junkies—including me. I’ve loved taking pictures since I was little, and I’m so grateful it’s part of what I get to do for my job. My skills have definitely improved over the years. But up until recently, one thing had not: my camera. But now that my skills are outpacing my nearly 10-year-old camera—what do I do with something that means so much to me?
Before we go crashing into January (and the future!), we decided to take some time to look back at all iFixit and our amazing community got up to in 2015. It was a great year full of tools, fun, and the occasional repair. Thank you so much for being a part of it! We wouldn’t be anything without all the people that have made iFixit possible. Stay tuned for 2016!