iFixit recently completed its teardown of the Mac Pro, giving it a repairability score of 9 out of 10.
The Mac is back and more Pro than ever, throwing away the cylindrical “trash can” design in favor of something that resembles a computer. Its appearance may harken to the original Mac Pro from 2006, but can it compare in the repairability department? We dropped six thousand dollars and one block of hard cheddar to find out. Let’s tear it down.
They listed two negative things: The SSD cards are modular and custom-made by Apple. This could make replacing them a bit complicated. And it could be expensive to replace a part that isn’t on Apple’s already-limited list of approved repairs.
The holidays are here! That means hot cocoa, candy canes, cookies, and presents. The Mac Observer presents to you our 2019 holiday gift guide.
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple listening to customer feedback and gearing up for gift-giving season.
Sometimes your computer keeps doing something you don’t want it to do. Sometimes it stops doing something it’s supposed to be doing. Persistence is a finicky friend sometimes, and your two favorite geeks are here to help you with some of the specifics. Listen as John and Dave dig into Safari tabs, Apps on Apple Watch, displaying Time Zones in a world without Dashboard Widgets, and more. Press Play and enjoy learning at least five new things!
iFixit has completed its 2019 MacBook Pro teardown, revealing tweaks to the butterfly keyboard. Ultimately it received a low score.
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.