I don’t think I ever realized how amazing mechanical watches are until I saw one dissected in front of me—its labyrinth of gears, screws, and wheels untangled and laid out on a worktable. Sure, mobile devices that send information from space to your pocket are pretty amazing too. But old-school watches are mechanical marvels: one-inch-wide, self-propelled machines—exact enough to track something as precise as time, engineered to last for generations.
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.
It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.” It’s John Deere’s tractor, folks. You’re just driving it.
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 federal government just dropped EPEAT from its green electronics standards. The policy change—made without warning—was part of an updated executive order issued last month, which simply omitted EPEAT from the government’s previous language. When it comes to evaluating a device’s effect on the environment, EPEAT is the gold standard. The tool ranks products as either Gold, Silver, or Bronze—depending on adherence to a set of green criteria. No word if another standard will take its place.
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.
At iFixit, it’s our mission to bring repair documentation into the 21st century: well written, beautifully photographed, always up-to-date, and usable by the modern worker in a variety of applications. Today, we’re proud to introduce iFaxit. It’s bleeding-edge technology: the world’s first on-demand repair guide delivery service using the most modern facsimile technology.
I love my Hubsan X4 107L—a 30-gram micro-quadcopter that is supposedly built to take all the abuse you can throw at it. But a series of bad crashes left my poor little drone in shambles. I was determined that my X4 would fly again. So, I did what any determined tinkerer would do: I pulled my tiny drone apart and broke out the soldering iron. Things did not go as planned …
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.