All told, the 2018 MacBook Pro suffered the same dismal 1/10 repairability score earned by all Touch Bar MacBooks. Here’s what’s left after the 2018 MacBook Pro gave up its secrets, including:
1. A bigger battery that squeezed the speakers into a narrower form factor.
2. A keyboard decked out with a thin silicone barrier, which could be for sound baffling, but matches Apple ingress-proofing patents.
3. And a seemingly unchanged thermal management system, despite the extra power under the hood.
Earlier this month, our friend Eric Lundgren was sentenced to prison for duplicating OEM Dell restore CD’s. After losing his last appeal, Eric now faces 15 months in Federal prison and a hefty $50,000 fine. Eric argues that he was just trying to keep PC’s out of the landfill—and since Dell offers up those restore discs to freely download, he thought he was on the right side of the law.
Welp, he thought wrong.
So what role does Microsoft have in all of this? And why do they care so much about a restore disc? We took a trip to Eric’s recycling facility to hear his side of the story and find out.
Here at iFixit, we’re just a ragtag crew of Repair Rebels (and dogs), fighting against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy of repair. With starship repair stations and maintenance droids, we’re pretty certain that the Rebel Alliance knew how to fix. So in celebration of May the Fourth, we’re exploring our favorite gadgets from a galaxy far, far away.
Warranty Void if Removed stickers are everywhere. Turns out, those stickers are not only unenforceable—they’re illegal! Back in 1975, federal law was put in place to protect the rights of consumers. The law has been largely ignored—until now! Watch out manufacturers, we’ve got a license to tinker.
Today, we’re excited to launch two new driver kits—the Manta Driver Kit and the Mahi Driver Kit. Their aquatic names are a nod to iFixit’s Central Coast roots, and both kits were engineered from the ground up right here in San Luis Obispo, California.
Today, we’re excited to launch Dare to Repair, a 3D Printed Repair Parts contest. Participants will compete to develop, model, and create a 3D-printed spare part for a common consumer product. As part of the process, contestants will document their repair and upload a 3D model using iFixit, the free online repair manual for everything. The 3D Printing team from HP will validate your model—and then you’re entered to win one of our cash prizes.
We have to admit that we’re pretty impressed with the amount of tech Apple squeezed into the HomePod. From the speakers to the power supply, the internals are super dense, elegant and efficiently packed. Everything in it aims to deliver the biggest bang for the smallest area. Time will tell if this hermetically-sealed unit will age well, or become a paperweight.
With the powers of copyright law, the DMCA, and EULA’s combined, manufacturers are doing a bang-up job of killing the non-OEM repair industry. As more companies put digital locks over our gadgets, then—under the DMCA—they’ll be the only ones who can fix that stuff. They can sue anyone who tries to break up a repair monopoly, or anyone who’s shared their diagnostic codes. When you buy something, you should own it. You should have the right to repair it yourself.
With these sweet wallpapers, you can see beyond your iPhone screen—like you have X-ray vision. Turn your phone inside out with our iPhone internal wallpapers. We’ve got wallpapers for iPhone models 4s and later.