iFixit is back, this time doing a teardown of the AirPods 2. They remain “disappointingly disposable” and get a 0/10 for repairability.
That said, the construction isn’t entirely unimproved—this set might survive an extra trip through the washing machine. It’s just, we know Apple can do better.
Not really a surprise here.
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iFixit teardown of the new iPad mini, & Marie Kondo influencing design.
iFixit recently did an AirPods 2 teardown to see what’s different and how repairable they were. The verdict?
Let’s get the second of those points out of the way right away: they are not serviceable at all. iFixit had to go to almost comical lengths to open the AirPods up, and despite their expertise and tools, the iFixit team was unable to do so without permanently damaging the product. They described the product as “disappointingly disposable,” which is to say there is no practical way to service or repair them even at a professional shop.
Writing for iFixit, Kay Kay Clapp advocates for the right to repair devices and says we are all geniuses.
If all this feels a bit dystopian, take heart! Thanks to repair advocates and brave netizens around the world, the tide is starting to change. This year, Right to Repair legislation has been successfully introduced in 18 states. The movement continues to spread—and for the first time, European repair allies have introduced their own version of repair legislation.
I think it’s nice that people can repair their devices, but it can also be a security risk. If it’s easy for you to repair, it’s easy for bad guys to “repair” and put hardware implants into your device.
iFixit has started selling a RAM upgrade kit for the 2018 Mac Mini. It includes 16GB or 32GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 RAM.
The new iPad Pro 11-inch contains eight speakers, a lot of silicon and a downgraded battery, according to a teardown conducted by the team at iFixit.
iFixit tore apart Apple’s new iPhone XR, and what’s inside shows it really is the best value for your money.
iFixit’s Apple Watch Series 4 teardown is out and inside they found a bigger battery along with a bigger Taptic Engine, and more.
iFixit stripped down the iPhone XS and XS Max and found an L-shaped battery with improved thermal expansion protection, Apple designed chips, and more.
iFixit finished tearing down the mid-2018 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro and along with the redesigned keyboard they found a higher capacity battery, a T2 chip, and no chance for user upgrades.
Apple’s new Touch Bar MacBook Pro, released last week, has a new keyboard that appears to be redesigned to fix the failure issue plaguing the 2016 and 2017 models.
iFixit gutted a HomePod to see what Apple packed inside. They needed a hacksaw to get the smart speaker open, which means you shouldn’t count on trying to do any repairs yourself.
iFixit’s detailed teardown of Apple’s new iMac Pro is out, and it’s interesting to see which components can be upgraded, and which can’t.
iFixit has dropped the price of its do-it-yourself iPhone battery replacement kits to $29—or less—matching or beating the apology price for in-store replacement Apple announced Thursday. The price changes include kits for iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c, too, all of which are not included in Apple’s price drop. iFixit made a point of noting that its DIY kits are available today, too, while Apple’s discount program won’t begin until some time in January. iFixit has been in a running war with Apple, criticizing the company for the low repairability of its devices, especially iPhones. Apple has chosen to emphasize slim form factors and tight tolerances over easy-to-repair designs.
Apple TV 4K wasn’t spared from iFixit’s dissection ritual, and inside they found a big fan to help keep its electronic guts cool.
Turns out a lot of what’s inside an Apple Watch Series 3 is pretty much the same as what’s in an Apple Watch Series 2.
iPhone 8 deliveries are just starting today, yet iFixit has already gotten ahold of one and stripped it down to its frame.
Replacing a worn out battery in your Retina MacBook Pro has been pretty much a non-starter until now because iFixit just came to the rescue.
iFixit got ahold of Apple’s brand new 9.7-inch iPad and did what they do best: strip it down to the frame so we can see what’s inside. Turns out it’s pretty much just the first generation iPad Air with a Touch ID Home button.
Apple’s AirPods have been available for only a day, and with very limited availability, but iFixit managed to get ahold of a pair and subject them to their usual new product dissection. What they found inside were components that can’t be repaired, and a charging case that may be behind the extended delay in getting to store shelves.