Today’s special includes two Amazon teardowns for the price of one. For your first course, we’re dishing up the Echo Dot, followed by your main course, the Amazon Tap. Now gather around the teardown table, Alexa. This teardown is served! So what do the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot have in common? Besides Alexa, not a whole lot. The Dot draws heavily from the original Echo, sans large bottom speaker. The Tap, on the other hand, is more unique.
We take a lot of pictures at iFixit. The place is crawling with camera junkies—including me. I’ve loved taking pictures since I was little, and I’m so grateful it’s part of what I get to do for my job. My skills have definitely improved over the years. But up until recently, one thing had not: my camera. But now that my skills are outpacing my nearly 10-year-old camera—what do I do with something that means so much to me?
We’re going to let you in on a little secret—we have a repair crush on LG. Cracking open the G5 was a snap—no stubborn adhesive, no proprietary screws. Just slide out the battery, remove two Phillips screws, and the entire display assembly and motherboard can be pried up out of the aluminum unibody housing. Double high five, LG.
Last week we tore down the Oculus Rift and got some constructive feedback from Palmer Luckey himself—“Come on, iFixit, you can go further than that!” Welp, challenge accepted! Today we feast our eyes on the Constellation sensor, the Rift’s counterpart IR camera. Now sit back and relax, Palmer, this teardown is for you.
You probably expected a thinner, lighter, and faster iPad Air 3, but Apple had other ideas. Instead of iterating on October 2014’s iPad Air 2, they went back to the drawing board. Actually they probably don’t use a drawing board, they use an iPad Pro—which might be where they got the idea for this. It seems to pack all the features of the first iPad Pro, in a smaller package. Let’s see how they did it—it’s time to tear down the iPad Pro 9.7″.
If you’re one of the millions of people who use a hoverboard daily, you know a thing or two about looking hot. Literally hot. Like, spontaneously bursting into flame—again. We get it—hoverboard fires can be frustrating. That’s why iFixit is proud to introduce the Smother Bag—your on-the-go solution to everyday hoverboard fires.
Chassis of old, hardware that’s new, borrowed 5s parts, keep us from feeling blue! Kudos to Apple for returning to the familiar and proven iPhone 5 form factor. The 5-series infrastructure was a huge investment(monetarily, and environmentally) and it’s rad they didn’t completely throw it away in support of a new model. Of course, we’re all wondering which 5s parts are compatible in the SE, so let’s cut right to the iPhone SE teardown.
After four long years of development and two iFixit teardowns of pre-release versions, the highly anticipated, OMG, real-deal Oculus Rift is finally here! Humans have been pretty sure for a long time now that the Oculus Rift is gonna be dope. Our engineers can now confirm that it totally is. Cue the teardown. (Fair warning: this is going to get a little Hard Sci-Fi—we’re just really excited, okay?)
Schiller wants to shame, or at least pity, those of us still using “outdated” technology from the way-back times of pre-2011. But you know who’s on a five year-old PC? My mom. Do you know why? She works two jobs, was recently laid-off from a third, and a dude in a truck totaled her 10-year-old car a few months ago. But wow, what an embarrassment. Schiller thinks she should dump that PC and drop $600 on a new iPad Pro. Rent be damned! Get with the times, Mom.
This Earth Day we’re partnering with those cool cats at Kuttlefish to challenge you to turn your e-waste into something extraordinary. So grab those old USB cables, busted MP3 players, and dusty printers—then channel your inner MacGyver and upcycle away! You could have a shot at winning an All-new Pro Tech Toolkit, a 64 Bit Driver Kit, iFixit t-shirts, or a gift card from Kuttlefish.
On Monday, Apple held one of its regular keynotes—an event usually dedicated to new products and upgraded specs. But Apple execs led the event with something a little different this time: its new recycling robot, Liam. So, what’s our take on the new disassembly superpower? Our co-founder Kyle Wiens recently published an article with Wired.com—breaking down why Liam is a step forward, and how the recycling robot is likely to fall short.
We brought something extra special to show and tell today: the Asus Chromebook C202. Asus designed this gizmo for your kiddo—touting serviceability and durability as a major selling point. They were so touting, in fact, that they offered us a test unit to independently confirm their claims. Eager to investigate, we grabbed our lucky #2 spudger and crossed our fingers in hopes that this Asus aces our repairability test.