Google is steadily continuing down its path of world domination. And now they’re taking on the smartphone market—all by themselves this time! The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first phones designed entirely by Google from the ground up. Despite trending toward an iPhone aesthetic (like most phones this year), the Pixel family is both reminiscent of and departs from previous Google designs. Check out the full teardown!
The 2016 VR battle rages on. Sony just threw their name into the VR gauntlet, debuting their years-in-the-making PlayStation VR. After dominating the hardware landscape for for-ev-er, we’re betting Sony will be a worthy contender against PC platform heavyweights. The verdict: Sony just won the war.
The decision to axe the iPhone’s built-in headphone port and simply put an adapter in the box has provoked reactions ranging from amusement to near panic. Why did they do it? Was it worth it? Will other manufacturers copy it? Today we’re going to ignore all of these questions. Instead we’re asking, How did they do it? And since we like taking things apart, we’ll answer with some exploratory surgery and some X-rays.
The construction in the new Series 1 exactly matches what we saw in our teardown of the original Apple Watch, right down to that annoying display cable bracket. That’s the exact same 0.78 Wh (206 mAh at 3.8 V) battery, right down to the Apple part number. Just to be sure, we checked compatibility with our original Apple Watch parts stock, and found that Series 0 and Series 1 displays and batteries are completely interchangeable.
We went on a teardown bender and made iFixit history by delivering you three live teardowns in one night. Last up on the teardown table: the iPhone 7. Where the headphone jack used to be, we find a beefier Taptic Engine and an audio baffle. According to Apple, this plastic component is a barometric vent. With the added ingress protection afforded by the watertight seal, the iPhone uses this baffle to equalize the internal and atmospheric pressures in order to have an accurate altimeter.
Last time we had an Apple Watch on our teardown table, we encountered the tiniest tri-point screw we’d ever seen. So tiny, in fact, that we had to file down our tiniest bit to finish our teardown. So when Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 2, we expected things to get even tinier. (Spoiler alert: they didn’t, and our screwdrivers were ready this time.) Check out the teardown at iFIxit.com/teardown.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the waterproofiness of the 7 Plus, so we took a look at what contributes to that stellar IP67 rating. A new set of super-sticky adhesive strips keeps the display tightly adhered to the frame. Tons of rubber seals surround points of ingress, like the mute switch and SIM tray. There are also tight seals and fine mesh decking the dual speaker grilles. Check out this and more in our iPhone 7 Plus teardown.
Samsung just launched their latest flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note7—skipping a generation to align the name with the rest of the Galaxy series. Rumor has it the Note7 is packed with cooler, newer features than its galactic cousins. And from the looks of the hardware, Samsung has been taking some impressive notes on smartphone trends.
VR is hot right now. So hot that we’re finding all kinds of chefs in the VR kitchen—can you smell what Razer and Sensics are cooking? In a not-so-unlikely pairing, Razer, purveyor of PC gaming accessories, and VR heavyweight Sensics teamed up to produce the OSVR HDK 2. Not intended to compete with the likes of Vive or Oculus, the HDK (Hacker Development Kit) 2 exists as a hackable, moddable platform for burgeoning VR developers.
This is the Xbox One Microsoft always wanted to build. The Xbox One we deserve. It fits on your tv table, bosses your receiver and cable box around, and comes in white. But more importantly, it’s built a lot smarter than its big brother. Fewer materials, simpler assembly, and a much cleaner look inside and out, make this the Xbox One of the future, that could have made for a much more successful past.
This week, we got a little treat from HP—a tablet that they actually want you to fix yourself. HP is billing the Elite x2 1012 G1 as a tablet designed for serviceability—complete with online repair documentation and readily available parts. Naturally, our interest was piqued. So, we did a quick teardown in the name of repairability. Spoiler alert: we were impressed.
Google’s Pixel C launch received such a resounding “meh” that we initially skipped a teardown. But the Pixel C returned to headlines once Google dropped the price, offering the Pixel C as an Android N developer machine.The Android/Chrome convergence is coming, so maybe we should take a peek at that hardware after all.