Samsung’s first flagship since the flaming disaster of the Note7 sports an essentially unchanged design. Aside from adding an iPhone-killer buttonless and bezel-free display, not much has changed for the Galaxy flagship family. And that includes the infamous battery. After losing billions on the Note7 recall, we thought that Samsung might opt for a dramatically different design. They didn’t.
The iPad 5 bucks the Air 2’s slimming trend and brings back the thicker, more repairable screen of the original iPad Air. That makes the new iPad cheaper to make (good for Apple) and cheaper to fix (good for consumers). Which should earn it some extra credit with enterprise buyers, like—you know—schools full of kids who have a tendency to break things.
When you’re designing a portable console, you need a huge battery, you need to keep it cool, and you need to be ready for the inevitable tumble. If you carry something around, you’re gonna drop it. The Nintendo Switch seems to hit all these points and more. The lion’s share of space is given to the batteries and the heat dissipation system. The fan is vibration-dampened to let it quietly run as much as needed.
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.
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.
Apple AirPods are finally here. Eager to see what’s inside, we ripped them open like expectant children on Christmas morning. The inside is a series of little boards and interconnected by origami-folded ribbon cables, soldered together into one hot mess. And the charging case isn’t any better. All in all, accessing any component—including the batteries in the case and in the ‘Pods—is impossible without total destruction.
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.
When the Oculus Rift shipped way back in March, it was missing something the competition already had: VR controllers. Well, they’re missing no more—the Oculus Touch controllers are finally here, and we got our grubby paws all over them. Be sure to check out the teardown!
Apple forgot to update iMacs this year, so Microsoft did it instead: enter the Surface Studio. If we’re honest, the Studio is actually closer to a giant Surface Pro mounted on top of a Mac Mini, but with an iMac’s sense of style and some sweet hinges. In the base, the Surface Studio sports non-upgradeable RAM and CPU soldered to the motherboard, which kinda rains on the otherwise super modular part parade.