We got up this morning to news that the new iMacs were out, so we knew what we had to do: start sharpening our suction cups!
Our suction cup gamble paid off. We found very soon that this model iMac opens in the same way as previous generations. All you have to do is pull off the magnetically-held display glass with two medium-size suction cups, and then remove the screws holding the LCD in place.
But what lies inside? We knew of only one way to find out…
Electronic circuit boards can be a work of art, and the complexity of their design is something we marvel at. We hold that sentiment for the iPhone 4, which has a cool battery/logic board layout that’s unfortunately hidden by its opaque rear panel. So we came up with a solution: our new transparent iPhone 4 rear panel!
Apple is watching your every move. If you have already liberated your phone, reconsider. If your iPhone came with Phillips screws, you’re not out of the woods either. Fact of the matter is, if your iPhone has Phillips screws on the bottom, YOU MIGHT BE IN DANGER.
Apple offers the iPad 2 in a number of flavors that would make Baskin Robbins proud: two colors, three drive capacity sizes, and three connectivity choices (Wi-Fi only, GSM on AT&T, and CDMA on Verizon) – a total of 18 flavors! Since our original iPad 2 teardown only had Wi-Fi, we felt it worthwhile to document the differences between it and the other two connectivity options. Enter the iPad 2 GSM & CDMA teardown!
There’s been some talk on the intertubes about Apple’s inclusion of a new type of headphone jack in the iPad 2. Given that we already took apart an iPad 2 in the name of science, we felt it was our civic duty to also investigate the headphone jack.
We never took apart a case before, but the Smart Cover piqued our interest as soon as Steve Jobs announced it alongside the iPad 2. We knew it worked with magnets, but exactly how? What did it attach to? How can something so simple be so multi-functional? A Smart Cover went under the knife (literally) to provide the answers to these questions.
Prior to starting the teardown, we guessed that the glass front panel was no longer held in place by tabs. We were correct. The new tapered edge on the iPad 2 prevents any kind of tabs from being used; instead, Apple engineers used generous helpings of adhesive to keep the front glass in place.