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iFixit tears down new MacBook Air

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2011

iFixit has a new MacBook Air. You know what that means.Tearing it open and checking it out. So what did they find. There’s the new Thunderbolt port of course and the fancy new keyboard backlighting. But inside is where all the good stuff is.

There’s an Intel Core i5 processor of course and a Bluetooth 4.0 chip and we also learned that the MacBook Air scores a four out of ten for ease of repair, so it might be best to leave this job to the experts. After all this toy is expensive.

Droid 3 torn apart by iFixit

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

If you are in love with the Droid 3, you may want to cover your eyes. The Droid 3 has now officially gotten it’s own teardown thanks to the folks at iFixit. As you know they love a good gadget autopsy and are not afraid to show you all of the gory details.

Some of the interesting findings include a SIM card and a bunch of hidden screws. You can hit up the link here to check out all of the details.

iFixit CEO strips a Sony Bloggie 3D

Posted in Camcorders by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2011

Sony got iFixit.com CEO Kyle Wiens to do a teardown of the new Bloggie 3D mini camcorder. While this one is a bit on the boring side, you still get an eyeful of all the bits and pieces that make up the pocket 3D video camera.

It is mostly just all the parts laid out and some close-ups of them. It basically amounts to a clever marketing video on Sony’s part with the help of ifixit. Have a look at the link below and you’ll see what I mean.

iFixit tears down the iPad 2

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2011

If a gadget is new, the folks at iFixit will tear it down. It’s as certain as death and taxes. Now it’s time for the iPad 2’s turn. Apple’s latest iOS device was laid out and surgery commenced. The tear down helped them discover that the tablet carries a slightly larger battery than the previous model.

They also learned that the hard to remove front display panel was tricky, but aside from that, the device was pretty easy to take apart. If you need to know how to take yours apart, you can head over to iFixit to find out how. Just make sure you can actually do it first, so you don’t kill the device.

iFixit launches Repair Manual app for iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

iFixit has imported its free repair guides to the iPad with a native app, Repair Manual. The utility will give you access to thousands of guides for MacBooks, iOS devices, game consoles, a wide array of digital cameras, and cell phones. Now that will definitely come in handy.

Users can view step-by-step instructions for disassembly and component replacement, with individual guides focusing on specific problems. The app features high-resolution images with each step, making it easy.

iFixit Boxee Teardown

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

No gadget is safe from a teardown from iFixit. Now they have dismantled the new Boxee. So what did the teardown reveal? Well, a lot of the internal component space is taken up by the huge heatsink needed to cool the Boxee Intel CE4110 processor, the 1GB of RAM, 1GB of flash memory, and a digital-to-analog audio converter.

So in the end, iFixit gave the Boxee a repair score of 7 /10, since the separate power board can be replaced independently from the motherboard, should it ever fail and need to be replaced.

Playstation Move gets iFixit teardown

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

As usual, the folks over at iFixit have wasted no time doing their latest autopsy, this time on the Playstation Move. The teardown yielded two surprises. The motion controller is very easy to dismantled compared with most devices.

They also discovered that the Move includes many components that are typically included in smartphones. It has an accelerometer and a gyroscope, but also a full processor, a vibrating motor, Bluetooth and a compass.


4th-gen iPod touch teardown reveals stealth antenna

Posted in iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2010

The folks at iFixit continued their investigation of the latest round of iPods with a teardown of the fourth-generation iPod touch. They went deeper than the FCC teardown, and confirmed that the Wi-Fi antenna has been moved to the front, eliminating the need for the black plastic window on that earlier models had. It also shows that Apple is using Toshiba flash memory for the main storage on the iPod; other Apple devices usually use Samsung.

The A4 processor model number is the same one as in the iPad and confirms that it’s using 256MB of RAM. The iPhone 4 has a different label to indicate that it has 512MB. The headphone jack is removable for the first time, and there’s a gap around the battery that simplifies removal.