Straight from the chilly streets of Ottawa, Canada to you! We teamed up with our pals at Chipworks to get our hands on (and in) the all-new Sony PlayStation 4. We’ve grown accustomed to Apple’s accelerated release schedule, so when a device refresh is seven years in the making, we tend to get excited.
And the PS4 did not disappoint. This modern gaming machine has its feet firmly rooted in hardware land, and its head off in the cloud. While the console is not backwards compatible, cloud gaming could resurrect the games you stand to lose. Your newest zombie-slaying game additions, on the other hand, will find a secure home on the PS4’s user-replaceable hard drive.
With fewer screws and absolutely no adhesive, the console is more repairable than ever. Even in spite of security screws, warranty voiding seals, and a couple of sharp edges, the PS4 is both easy-to-open and repair-friendly—earning itself an 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale.
The iPad Mini Retina Display is a worthy successor to both the iPad Air and last year’s iPad Mini. The Mini is no longer the runt of the litter, having gained the snappy A7 processor, M7 coprocessor, and a 2048 x 1536 pixel display at an impressive 326 ppi. Unfortunately, the newest member still carries the familial low repairability.
Last week, Amazon’s 8.9” Fire HDX tablet wowed us with its easy, adhesive-free opening procedure. Only 0.3 mm thicker than the iPad Air, the Fire HDX seemed to handily disprove the argument that repairability and thin design are mutually exclusive. Coincidentally, the iPad Mini is 0.3 mm thicker than it was last year, but the new Retina Mini uses its extra girth to support a flashy new Retina Display, leaving repairability woefully unchanged.
In fact, the updated specs mean little as far as internal architecture is concerned. With very similar construction and inhibitors to repair, this Mini earns the legacy 2 out of 10 repairability score. Read the rest of this article »
About a year ago, an iFixit team member found a 3-week-old stray kitten on the side of the road. The little guy was an 11-ounce ball of gray fur with a cocky gibe and an enthusiastic purr.
You may remember him—he’s the MacBook Pro 13” Retina Display Late 2012 Teardown Kitten. Hearty title, for such a tiny thing.
Well, he’s not so tiny now. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to him, well, I have the (repair) story for you. Read the rest of this article »
Third time’s the charm, as they say. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9” completes Amazon’s new e-book refresh trinity, and debunks the ubiquitous claim that thin devices come only at the cost of repairability.
At only 0.3 millimeters thicker than the ultra-thin iPad Air, the HDX manages to pack all of its features into an easy-open body. We had ours open in just a few minutes—a walk in the park compared to the +30-minute iPad Air opening procedure.
Externally, the HDX 8.9″ is a scaled-up version of the HDX 7″, so we were expecting another labyrinthian disaster of glues, screws, and boo-hoos. However, after opening the HDX 8.9”, we felt like we’d stumbled into the 2013 Kindle Fire HD. Dare we hope for another 8/10 repairability score? At first blush, it was looking good: Only a few plastic clips stand between fixers and their repair dreams. Plus, the tablet isn’t peppered with screws, brackets or midframes. Instead, just pop the top and all the (mostly modular) components are within easy reach. It’s enough to make a grown fixer cry. Read the rest of this article »
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…the 5th of November.
Well, the Fifth of November isn’t just for the rebels anymore. This British holiday has been adopted by activists, hacktivists, and ordinary joes who want to remind the government that it serves the people—not itself. It’s a rallying cry for the underdog. A reminder that if we stand together, there is no force in the world powerful enough to push us back down.
This 5th of November, iFixit is teaming up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to empower technology users (AKA everyone) to take their digital stuff back from government interlopers and corporate money mongers.
What are we reclaiming? Common sense and fair use. iFixit is fighting for your right to repair your stuff. And the EFF is fighting to protect your right to use that stuff without the NSA—or anyone else—peeking over your shoulder.
If you’re not familiar with the EFF, they’re the do-gooders who protect your online free speech, digital privacy, and fair use. They even give report cards for internet companies, so you know who has your back.
“EFF’s mission is to protect your digital freedom, including your right to repair and tinker. But the freedom to tinker doesn’t mean much if you can’t exercise it, and that’s where iFixit comes in. iFixit knows that if you can’t fix it, you don’t own it. We are proud to work together as guardians of fair use and common sense,” said Corynne McSherry, IP Director, EFF.
This 5th of November, we’re holding a fundraiser for the EFF. Support the EFF to keep the internet free and open, and get the tools to keep your hardware working. Now through Friday, purchase a Pro Tech Toolkit for $59.95 and $10 of your purchase will go directly to the EFF. They’re even throwing in some stickers.