This year, the iFixit team has launched the repair pledge. Thousands across the globe have already taken the pledge. They’ve committed to foster repair education, combat throw away culture, and stand up for our right to repair. Now, if adding another resolution to your list sounds a bit daunting—that’s alright. Diving into a repair can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. So I’m going to help you out: Here’s a list of 5 easy repairs to help you keep your repair resolution.
We firmly believe that it’s always best to use the right tool for the job. But, sometimes, time is really of the essence. When you’ve just dropped your iPhone in a glass of Sprite or your motherboard is on fire, you probably don’t have time to wait for a box of shiny new tools to arrive in the mail. We’ve collected a few tool hacks on our blog that you can use in an emergency.
I’m lucky enough to own an Apple Extended Keyboard II, which belongs to my Macintosh SE. Unfortunately, it wasn’t doing much good connected to my rarely used SE. So, I figured it would find a better home on my desk at work, where I spend the day pounding away on a crummy keyboard anyway. The internet revealed two possible solutions: An expensive and sometimes-hard-to-find adapter by Griffin, or a $16 microcontroller and some DIY elbow grease. Naturally, I chose the latter.
The cracked iPhone screen, with its web of glass shards that turn the digitizer into a kaleidoscope, is now practically as iconic as the iPhone itself. with a few good tools and a bit of repair know-how, you can make a tidy business out of replacing people’s front panels and bent bezels. Jonathan Edwards of Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, has managed to quit his “day job” and is now self-employed, doing phone hardware repair full time.
When a postal truck arrives at the iFixit office with a delivery, we don’t even have to get up. All we have to do is tell our garage door robot, via our internal chat client, to open the roll-up door. With the ability to find resources on the Internet, I was able to augment my limited knowledge of programming and electronics and create something cool.