In a Reno warehouse, Patagonia team members sort through boxes of garments. Weather-beaten windbreakers, jackets with melted zippers, and ripped pants are placed in tidy piles: a kaleidoscope of crumpled colors and textures.
Since 2012, Patagonia’s repair department has mended 65,000 of these wounded warriors. Some of the repairs are simple—a missing button or a busted seam. Others are not. Every once in awhile, a customer sends in a pile of ripped fabric that used to be a jacket, says Delia Martinez, head of Patagonia’s repair department. It’s up the repair team to put the pieces back together again.
By the time a garment makes its way to Patagonia’s repair center, it has usually been on an amazing journey. The gear is, after all, designed to endure rugged environments—climbing up El Capitan, hiking into the Grand Canyon, rafting the Tatshenshini River. Your jacket becomes part of your memory, Delia explains, and people tend to want the exact same jacket back. It’s too precious to just throw away. Read the rest of this article »
It’s no secret that iFixit’s mission—to teach everyone to fix every thing—is a bit … ambitious. We envision a better world, one where everyone everywhere knows how to fix their stuff. Well, staying put in California has been limiting our ability to do that.
So naturally, we called up our buddies in Germany and (in true iFixit-fashion) we solved the problem.
We are proud to announce iFixit Europe!
iFixit European headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany, a stronghold of tinkerers and inventors. From its central location right in the heart of Europe, we are shipping tools and parts to 28 European countries.
To be honest, we’re a bit jealous over here in the States. ‘Cause word has it that our German friends are giving out gummy bears with every shipment.
Help us Make Repair Global
A group of community volunteers has helped us translate iFixit’s interface into French, German, and Spanish. We’re working on Dutch, Italian, and Polish next—and we need your help.
Internal-exposing wallpapers galore! Now that we’ve cooled down and recovered from four teardowns in a week, here’s one of the awesome results: sweet internals wallpapers that let you peer right through the LCD on your new iPhone 5s or 5c, or iMac 21.5″ or 27″.
Cropped to double the native resolution of the 5s and 5c for all of the extra pixels you could need, these wallpapers are perfectly sized to give you a real-size look at the internals of your iPhone, gently sliding around thanks to iOS 7′s new parallax wallpaper effect. Just navigate to this page on your iPhone and click on the image you want to download the full-res version.
(For those of you rocking the iPhone 5, this previous post is the droid you’re looking for.)
Whenever we release a teardown of a new smartphone, people always ask us how their personal devices stack up in the ranking. We list our repairability assessment for a device at the end of every teardown, but we decided to make it easier for intrepid consumers to investigate all the most popular smartphones on the same page.
This morning, we released our Smartphone Repairability List. The list contains repair details on nearly 30 different smartphone models, as well as their various repairability scores. We hope this list will give repair-minded folks the information they need when making purchasing decisions.
One the same note, if you want to see just how repairable your tablet is, check out our Tablet Repairability List.
Last week, while we were disassembling the iPhone 5s into pieces, Chipworks was able to confirm that the manufacturer of Apple’s A7 processor was indeed Samsung. Not being content with their discovery, they delved into the A7 some more — this time by bringing out the big guns, in the form of an electron microscope. Below are a couple of images they shot:
Even we have issues figuring out what the heck we’re looking at in the image above, so we feel a bit of explanation is in order— and the M7, iSight camera, and other components came along for the ride. We present to you the Apple A7 Teardown.
Some fun tidbits regarding the A7′s cross-section:
- Every little hump (through which you see that yellow line) is a transistor. By measuring the total distance between ten of these transistors, we can estimate a chip’s manufacturing process — essentially how tightly the manufacturer can pack in all that processing power.
- Turns out that the A7′s “gate pitch” — the distance between each transistor — is 114 nm, compared to the A6′s 123 nm. Big whoop, you say?
- Those 9 nm are a big deal. It turns out that the A7 is made with the same 28 nm process as the eight-core Samsung Exynos 5410, the current flagship CPU for Samsung’s own Galaxy line.
- So what does that translate to? Applying some mathematrickery, this seemingly small change equates to having the same computing power, but in 77% of the original area. And given that the A7 processor is even larger in area than the A6, that means even more processing power to lead a healthy, smartphone-laden lifestyle.
We have tons more analysis of the A7, the M7, and supporting players in our teardown.
There was mighty speculation among the internet as to the manufacturer of Apple’s new A7 processor. We uncovered it last night during the iPhone 5s teardown, but now Chipworks has taken it one step further. Through the magic of decapping an IC, their internal shots revealed the A7 to be made by Samsung.
From Chipworks: “We have confirmed through early analysis that the device is fabricated at Samsung’s Foundry and we will confirm process type and node later today as analysis continues. That being said, we suspect we will see Samsungs 28 nm Hi K metal Gate (HKMG) being used. We have observed this same process in the Samsung Exynos Application processor used in the Galaxy S IV. Our engineers will be deprocessing the Apple A7 as soon as they can to confirm this or to provide different information.”