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.
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.
If you too love repair, we’d like to celebrate it with you this Valentine’s Day. We’re gonna give you a chance to snag up to $100 in iFixit Store credit so you can treat yourself to something you love and maybe even fix something for your valentine! Enter for a chance to win by snapping a photo of your repair and then tagging your posts with the hashtag #iFixitLovesRepair between now and February 28th.
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.