A titan of tech and industrial innovation has been laid low by a mere speck of dust. Last week, Apple quietly announced that they were extending the warranty on their flagship laptop’s keyboard by four years. As it turns out, the initial run of these keyboards, described by Jony Ive as thin, precise, and “sturdy,” has been magnificently prone to failure.
In our eyes, the new design was a repairability flop. We downgraded Apple from a seven-out-of-ten to a two. The subsequent 2013 update sent the MacBook line into a freefall, earning a mere 1/10—the lowest a notebook had ever earned at that point. They haven’t recovered since.
A slow computer doesn’t mean you need a new one. We’ve done all the compatibility research to set you up with the right parts, tools, and information necessary to breathe new life into Macs up to twelve years old. So go ahead, open all the tabs, say goodbye to the dreaded beach ball, and run those beefy programs with ease. Save your Mac. Upgrade your RAM.
Warning: Father’s Day is June 17. That’s coming up fast, folks. And this year, we’re honoring the dads, grandpas, uncles, friends, and mentors who taught us how to fix. In addition to providing much-needed support and guidance during our formative years, these relationships often serve as our first introduction to repair and tinkering.
Here at iFixit, we’ve got a whole pack of new dads and parents. So we rounded them all up to ask them about their favorite iFixit toolkits, and if they’ve recently repaired anything with (or for) their kids. Turns out, the fixer gene has not been spared with iFixit’s youngest generation. We were impressed by the sheer variety of things that dads have fixed for their kids—as well as the repair savvy their little ones possess in their own right.
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.
As Microsoft faces tough questions about how it handled the case of Eric Lundgren, facing 15 months in prison for duplicated restore discs, U.S. PIRG and iFixit noted the tough environment for repair and Microsoft’s role in other repair disputes, and called for Microsoft to come to the table to move repair forward.
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.