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.
Making clothes that look good is easy. Making clothes that are durable, eco-friendly, socially responsible, and still look good … now, that’s hard. But it’s also worth it. Just ask Vaude. The German outdoor apparel outfitter is trying to remake the way we make and repair clothes. And we’re partnering with Vaude to help them do it.
After months of refusing to admit they had a problem, Apple is finally offering customers a fix for Touch Disease. The issue—which affects iPhone 6 and (predominantly) 6 Pluses—often manifests as a gray flickering bar and touch screen responsiveness problems. Eventually, the screen loses functionality all together. Today, Apple announced it is offering owners of iPhone 6 Pluses a $149 option for Touch Disease-affected phones.
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.
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.
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.
Our team of engineers will be doing back-to-back-to-back teardowns of the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 7, and the Apple Watch Series 2 (if we can get our hands on one)—starting on the eve of Thursday, September 15 through the wee hours of the morning on Friday. And we’ll be doing it live. It’s bound to get real silly, so be sure to follow along on iFixit.com/teardown as our teardown team dismantles and analyzes Apple’s newest offerings. You can also keep up with our team on Twitter and Facebook.
Hot (pun intended) on the heels of the iPhone Touch Disease, Apple rival Samsung is experiencing a press blowup of their own. In case you hadn’t heard, at least 35 Samsung Galaxy Note7 batteries have spontaneously combusted. The most likely culprit is a bad batch of batteries that would only affect a small portion of the Note7 population, but Samsung has reacted with a global recall. Samsung’s willingness to recall rather than sweep the issue under the rug is refreshing—especially as counterpoint to Apple’s still unaddressed Touch Disease design flaw.
Apple Insider’s Mike Wuerthele released some compelling research last week examining the prevalence of what we’ve so lovingly labeled Touch Disease. Their analysis covers six days of service data—before and after the Touch Disease headlines—from four highly-trafficked Apple stores. The results? Based on the numbers, Apple’s techs were seeing a significant number of Touch Disease stricken iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses—well before the story broke. In fact, Mike Wuerthele reported that the Touch Disease problem “eclips[ed] all other individual issues dealt with by retail personnel on a day-to-day basis.” After the increased media attention, Apple stores saw an understandable surge of reports—because a minor annoyance was now something endemically wrong with their phones.