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.
Apple’s “Spring Forward” event on Monday brought tantalizing teasers of tomorrow: A revolutionary new MacBook, details on their world-changing wearable, amazing new touchpad technology, and a couple of laptops from 2013. Today we bring you our findings on the last of these. Which is not to say the least of these.
If you think about it, the newest of the new Nintendo 3DS XL is basically a small laptop — one outfitted with a 3D screen, a touch screen, three cameras, a “floppy drive,” and the trifecta of CPU/RAM/Flash that seemingly makes up every electronic gadget nowadays. Well, we wanted to see exactly what makes this little laptop-ito tick. And the innards did not disappoint.
In terms of slim, manufacturers are having a tough time beating Apple’s MacBook Air. Dell’s new Air competitor, the XPS 13, may have missed the mark by a whole millimeter—but we weren’t too put off. Especially since the XPS is considerably smaller otherwise, and still manages to include a 13.3 inch high definition display that looks like it’s floating in midair. The insides definitely aren’t as polished or streamlined as in a MacBook Air, but you could convince us the XPS was an Air prototype.
A couple days ago, my boss, Kyle, handed me a plain brown box and asked if I knew Bunnie. You know, the guy who (literally) wrote the book on hacking the Xbox. Apparently, Bunnie Huang started a Crowd Supply-funded project to make an entirely open source computer—and iFixit backed the campaign. “And here’s the computer,” my boss said to me, “so go do something cool with it.” All right, then: Challenge accepted.
It lives in your home. It’s always listening. It’s the Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled smart speaker, and it’s the closest device yet to the computer in Star Trek. The Echo’s auditory assistant, called Alexa, seems more responsive than Siri—and it’s about on par with recent Apple fare on the repair front, too. But the Echo’s tricky construction makes disassembly a tad difficult without a manual, so the Amazon Echo earned itself a reasonable 7 out of 10 for repair.
The phablet war rages on. Close on the heels of Apple’s 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus, Google brings us the 5.96″ Nexus 6. With the similar shape and size, we’re calling it the 6 Plus’ brother from an Android mother. The Nexus 6 is a solidly built phone, with high-end specs but not a lot of flashy new tech. It looks like repair was a consideration in the design, but not the top priority. As a result, the Nexus 6 matched the iPhone 6 Plus’ respectable 7-out-of-10 repairability score.