Sometime in the near future you’ll venture into your dusty attic or musty garage and pull out a miserably tangled set of Christmas lights. Millions will throw out their broken Christmas lights and buy new ones, but you will not. You are a strong, independent person. You will save Christmas (lights) this year.
“Tools are your good friends. Why? Because they make it possible for you to do hundreds of jobs that you couldn’t with your own hands. They are extra hands—and eyes—which give you countless new skills. If you treat the tools you use as friends, they’ll always be ready to help you when you need them most.”
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.
The best things come in threes, and we saved Apple’s best for last. Arguably the most “Pro” of the lineup, the 15″ MacBook Pro (Touch Bar) comes with more pixels, more trackpad, and more negative money in your wallet than its tiny twin. But isn’t it what’s inside that counts? Join us for the stunning conclusion of our teardown trifecta to see for yourself!
After months of refusing to admit they had a problem, Apple is finally offering customers a fix for Touch Disease. The issue—which affects iPhone 6 and (predominantly) 6 Pluses—often manifests as a gray flickering bar and touch screen responsiveness problems. Eventually, the screen loses functionality all together. Today, Apple announced it is offering owners of iPhone 6 Pluses a $149 option for Touch Disease-affected phones.
Let’s start off with what Apple’s Touch Bar-equipped 13″ MacBook Pro isn’t: it definitely isn’t a “touched up” version of the function key’d 13″ MBP we tore down last time. Nuh-uh. It’s an entirely different computer, with a totally different design; it probably has more in common with its 15″ big bro. That teardown is still to come.
I woke up early Sunday morning to the usual buzz of Slack notifications from iFixit. Someone had set up a Slack reminder for the Snapchat website that announces the location of their Spectacles-dispensing “Bot.” If my phone’s insistent buzzing was to be believed, the Bot was on the move. And now, so was I. Thirteen minutes later, I was on the road, chasing Snapchat’s elusive Bot into the California mountains.
LG made another phone that knocks repair out of the park. Earlier this year, the Korean electronics company impressed us with the LG G5—a unibody phone that has a user-replaceable battery and a modular design. Now, LG released another repairable phone: the V20, which could be your very accessible, non-exploding alternative to Samsung’s (discontinued) Galaxy Note7.
The PS4 Pro is bigger and heavier than the original, and after a thorough teardown we attribute a lot of that heft to power requirements. Unlike the PlayStation 4 of 2013, which topped out at 165 watts, the Pro’s giant internal power supply dishes out an impressive 289 watts of power—and has a cooling system to match. Basically, they crammed an oven and a fridge into one body.
Hey there internet, we’re back with more Pixel fun. After we tore down the Pixel XL last month we got a few requests to take a peek inside the regular-sized Pixel as well. So we dove in for a quick repairability analysis, and found that things are … largely the same.
Google Home is up against some stiff competition. There’s no denying that Amazon built a technological marvel: They made a fancy smooth volume dial and put in seven microphones to listen to your commands (Seriously? Seven?). How can Google defeat the home assistant heavyweight that is the Echo? Find out in iFixit’s teardown.