Do you hear that? The phone repair gods are singing LG’s praises. Why? Because the LG G4 just visited our teardown table. We couldn’t believe we were able to open this baby up with just our bare hands. We were delighted to see that the G4 is rocking a user-replaceable battery. As a special treat, because we love you, we also shot the G4 with X-rays. But also ‘cause the folks at Creative Electron lent us one of their science machines (and one of their scientists). Thanks guys!
Once upon a time, before the world was wild about wearables, there was just the Pebble. We cracked it open and birthed a new category of devices on iFixit. Fast forward two years and this savvy smartwatchmaker has just sent its third generation smartwatch—the Pebble Time—into the war of the wearables.
There were a lot of unsolved mysteries after we tore down the Apple Watch, and that made us sad. So naturally, we made friends with the folks at Creative Electron to get a Superman-esque look at what’s tickin’ in Apple’s timepiece. After spending the day playing with their magic science machines, we’re pleased to present to you an intensively investigated teardown of the Apple Watch, X-ray style.
Like clockwork, we’ve been tearing apart the world’s most-wanted wearables. Hot on the heels of Apple Watch armageddon, we cracked open the latest Android Wear offering—the LG Urbane. A peek at what what makes this timepiece tick shows the same hardware as its predecessor, the G Watch R, but in a slightly more sophisticated package.
This Star Wars Day, we have something truly special for you. Some might think this is a Jedi mind trick—or, worse, it’s a trap. Lay aside your cynicism, fixers, this is no April Fools’ Day prank. We procured a lightsaber through Endor’s eBay affiliate—it has travelled more than twelve parsecs to get here—and now, it’s time to tear it down.
The eight-month wait is over! We got the Apple Watch on our teardown table and did what we do best. With a razor blade in one hand and a filed-down tri-wing screwdriver in the other, our nimble teardown engineers (down under) got the first look under the hood of Apple’s wearable.
With an all-new design, an updated trackpad, and a super sleek chassis, the Retina MacBook 2015 is being touted as “the future of the notebook.” Sure, it looks awesome on the outside—but what does “the future” look like under all that shiny aluminum? Well, if we’re honest, it looks a bit slapdash.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 abandoned the display-first entry of the S5 and instead features a stubbornly-glued back panel in the place of an easily-accessed battery. And you still run the risk of shearing soft button cables during a display replacement. Gone, it seems, are the heady days of Samsung’s über-repairable phones. *Cue trumpet playing taps softly, gently*
The latest installment in Samsung’s Galaxy series, the S6 Edge, flaunts a curvy figure and slim body that’s sure to bring all the boys to the yard. But beauty is more than just skin-deep. Due to the stubbornly-glued battery sandwiched under the midframe, gratuitous glue, and the high probability of destroying the display during glass replacement, the Samsung S6 Edge earns a repairability score of 3 out of 10. That’s one small step for Samsung. One giant leap backwards for the Galaxy.
Hey guys, it’s time. Everyone said it was impossible, but we managed to get our hands on an Apple Watch. We didn’t waste a second before tearing it down. We chose the least expensive Watch variation and were pleasantly surprised by what we found inside. The hype does not disappoint. The watch is a masterwork of utilitarianism and high fashion, keeping with Marc Newson’s legacy of timepiece craftsmanship. Truly, Apple’s crowning achievement.
Our teardown engineer, the auspicious Andrew Goldberg, sits down with Gwendolyn Gay, host of iFixit’s YouTube channel, to explain the mysterious inner workings of the Force Touch trackpad. Check out the full video on our blog.
After Apple’s announcement of the new 12″ MacBook, with its shiny renders and pressure sensitive, haptic-feedback-equipped trackpad, we were expecting to find an identical trackpad implementation in the new MacBook Pro 13″ Retina. And we were surprised. While the MacBook-to-be looks like it’s going to feature a weight-saving “I” shape, with the four springy force sensors jutting out from a central beam, our teardown revealed that the new 13″ Pro’s implementation is quite different.