Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in an HTC Vive—join us as we escape into virtual reality. Excuse us for being a little rhapsodic, we just really like VR technology. Which means it’s our lucky day: Hot on the heels of the Oculus Rift launch, HTC answers back with their first-gen VR headset, the Vive. We see your Vive, HTC—and we raise you a teardown!
Here’s the sitch: Apple just offered up their first update to the 12” Retina MacBook—and it’s pretty much identical to their 2015 model. Except for the pretty pink color, because Apple’s new mantra seems to be go rose gold or go home! With an identical form factor, we’re crossing our fingers that parts will be interchangeable across the line like we saw in the iPhone SE and 5S. Let’s get right to the teardown and find out, shall we? Check it out on iFixit.
If you want to start mastering the basics, look no further than our ongoing YouTube series on repair skills. In our most recent installment, iFixit’s resident tinkerer—Gwendolyn Gay—teaches you how to use a multimeter, which has a million uses for testing electronics and circuits (seriously, keep one in your work bag at all times). Here’s Gwendolyn’s multimeter 101 lesson—which goes over testing continuity, voltage, and resistance.
iFixit’s pretty fond of this big blue marble that we call home. We’re also pretty fond of electronics. So, in honor of Earth Day, here’s four really easy things you can do to save the earth—and save your electronics from the landfill too. What’s the big deal about electronics, you might ask? By weight, electronics require far more resources than any other product. So it makes sense to keep electronics around for as long as possible.
People lost their collective minds over Apple’s recycling program this week—hailing the tech giant as a corporate Captain Planet. CNN Money declared that “Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones last year.” The Verge praised Apple for recovering “nearly 90 million pounds of materials from Apple devices.” (Clearly, that new Liam iPhone recycling machine is working overtime.) The only problem: None of that is really true.
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.