With 4K and HDR streaming capabilities, the new Apple TV 4K brings the heat. Heat wreaks some serious havoc on electronics—from cracked solder to fried chips—so Apple popped a fan assembly onto the heatsink of yore, and punched some ventilation into the case.
The iPhone 8 Plus has roughly the same architecture we found in our iPhone 8 teardown, with just a little more room to stretch your thumbs. For an authentic repair experience, we tried prying out a broken rear panel. Nobody will be removing an intact panel. Our results were… not good.
Aside from the glass, the iPhone 8 felt a lot more familiar than we expected for a phone that’s supposed to be a generation all in its own. Maybe Apple’s saving their best tricks for the iPhone X?
iFixit teardown shows that an 10.5″ iPad Pro is essentially a scaled-down version of its 12.9″ predecessor. One move we’re particularly happy with is the retention of the 12.9″ Pro’s danger-free display cable placement. No improvement on the battery front, though: it’s pinned under the logic board, firmly adhered in place, and doesn’t inherit the 12.9″ iPad Pro’s handy removal tabs.
It’s Christmas in June! Our teardown confirms that the new 21.5″ iMac with 4K Display has both removable RAM and a modular CPU. Of course, Apple would say neither is user-replaceable. Accessing and replacing these components isn’t exactly easy, but we’re saying it’s possible.
The iPad 5 bucks the Air 2’s slimming trend and brings back the thicker, more repairable screen of the original iPad Air. That makes the new iPad cheaper to make (good for Apple) and cheaper to fix (good for consumers). Which should earn it some extra credit with enterprise buyers, like—you know—schools full of kids who have a tendency to break things.
This week marks a decade since Steve Jobs walked onto a MacWorld stage and announced Apple’s newest product: the iPhone. What a presentation it was—the iPhone was a game changer. While Apple can’t take sole credit for the invention of the smartphone, modern phones owe a ton to that first little device.
Apple AirPods are finally here. Eager to see what’s inside, we ripped them open like expectant children on Christmas morning. The inside is a series of little boards and interconnected by origami-folded ribbon cables, soldered together into one hot mess. And the charging case isn’t any better. All in all, accessing any component—including the batteries in the case and in the ‘Pods—is impossible without total destruction.