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HTC One (M8) teardown shows repair difficulty

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds

HTC One M8 teardown

HTC announced the new HTC One M8 last week, and we've got one in that we're putting through it's paces (stay tuned for our full HTC One (M8) review!) iFixit was also able to get one of the new smartphones, and it performed the now-expected teardown, revealing the build quality and all the innards. The result? The HTC One (M8) build quality is solid, but repairability is very difficult. The battery is buried beneath the motherboard and is adhered to the enclosure, and the display can't be removed without taking apart the entire phone. This is likely why HTC includes free cracked screen repair for the first six months of HTC One (M8) ownership, where the company will take care of the issue absolutely free, regardless of the reason for the damage. Head on over to iFixit to see the full teardown.

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iPod touch (5th generation) teardown

iPod touch take apart iFixit

When a major Apple product hits stores, you can count on iFixIt to take it apart, and that's just what it did with the new fifth-generation iPod touch. The new iPod touch features the same 4-inch display found in the iPhone 5, and began shipping to customers earlier this week. Here's what's inside:

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The first iPhone 5 teardown is up!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Design, Handhelds

iPhone 5 hardware teardown

The folks over at iPhone Garage got ahold of an iPhone 5 smartphone a little early, and they've given it the teardown treatment. It's nowhere near as the iFixIt iPhone 5 teardown that we're sure we'll see tomorrow, but it's still a glimpse inside the new, slim architecture that Apple has spent years perfecting. Hit the source link for more images. The iPhone 5 officially launches tomorrow.

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MacBook Pro with Retina display torn apart by iFixIt

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Design, PC / Laptop

MacBook Pro Retina Display teardown

The new MacBook Pro with Retina display is certainly a sight to behold as it is, but the gang over at iFixIt has torn one apart, revealing its beautiful innards to the world. During the process, they were able to confirm that both the RAM and the flash SSD drive aren't user-upgradeable, so make sure you choose wisely. Also, there's a lot of battery in there. 95 Wh to be exact. Head on over to iFixIt to walk through the Retina MacBook Pro teardown in its entirety.

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Video shows iPad 3 Retina display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Displays, Handhelds, Rumors, Videos

The other day we filled you in on details about the iPad 3, which will feature a 2048x1536 display, as confirmed by our friends at MacRumors. Now, the folks over at iFixIt are chiming in, explaining the process of figuring out that the purported iPad 3 panel will feature a Retina Display. Check out the video above for the details. Of course, Apple has yet to officially announce anything having to do with the next iPad, and won't be saying anything until March 7, so this is all just a hypothesis. Nevertheless, this is  what's gonna happen. Expect it!


iPhone 4S teardown

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone 4S teardown

As is customary, the folks at iFixIt have gotten ahold of the iPhone 4S a day early, and they've posted a teardown gallery that shows off all the innards of the Apple smartphone. Click on over and take a look at the craftmanship.


Nintendo 3DS costs just $100 to make teardown reveals

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Video Games

Nintendo 3DS teardown

Nintendo 3DS teardowns from two research firms show that the Japanese gaming giant spent roughly $100 on raw materials and basic manufacturing for its 3D hand held gaming system; consumers must spend $250.

UBM TechInsights took apart the 3DS and estimated $101 worth of materials and manufacturing labor inside. The single biggest change was in the type of memory Nintendo used, it said.

According to Allan Yogasingam, technical marketing manager at UBM TechInsights, Nintendo embedded a proprietary Fujitsu memory chip called FC (Fast Cycle) RAM with 120MB worth of storage. That's an upgrade from previous DS devices in many ways, but as the recent earthquake shows, it bears its own supply chain risks.

FC RAM boasts DDR 3-like speeds, but consumes less power. It is also cheaper, easier to manufacture, and has a smaller footprint resembling lower-powered DDR. But despite performance improvements, the recent earthquake shows that opting for one supplier could be a "potentially dangerous move," Yogasingam said. An unexpected incident at the plant could delay production, for starters. Most consumer electronic makers will source a single component from a pool of suppliers.

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Nintendo 3DS gets torn apart

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hardware, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS teardown

The peeps over at iFixIt decided to import a Nintendo 3DS from Japan in order to give us a look at what it looks like on the inside, well in advance of the March 27th US launch date. Head on over to get a look inside of Nintendo's most ambitious handheld device to date.

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New MacBook Pro teardown gives us a look at Thunderbolt

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Design, PC / Laptop

THunderbolt port

The teardown crew at iFixit got its hands on Apple's new MacBook Pro, providing a sneak peek at a new connection technology known as "Thunderbolt."

The new MacBooks are the first Apple portable to include a quad-core processor, Intel's Core i7. The devices also include more RAM, iFixit discovered. Thunderbolt, meanwhile, combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into a single connector.

On the new machines, you can chain up to six Thunderbolt devices. For comparison, FireWire supports 63 devices and USB supports up to 127 devices. But as iFixit noted, this might not be an issue since "we're not even aware of six products that support Thunderbolt yet." But if the connection becomes more popular, it might become a problem.

The RAM in the MacBooks is PC3-10600. That's the same RAM found in the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs released last year, but different from earlier Apple laptops, iFixit said. PC3-10600 can be used in older MacBook Pro machines, but the RAM found in those older machines - PC3-8500 - will not work in the new MacBook Pros.

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Video: Verizon iPhone 4 gets disassembled, changes revealed

The peeps over at iFixit got their hands on the new Verizon iPhone 4, and immediately disassembled it to give us the goods on what's changed on the inside. While the Verizon and AT&T models do look very similar on the outside, there are quite a few things under the hood that've changed. Things ike the back cover, the silent vibrator, and the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip (which supports both CDMA and GSM networks) are things you wouldn't find on the AT&T model. Take a look at the video above, which provides a great explaination.

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