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  • Amazon Fire TV Teardown

    Your conclusion doesn't match your email: "A stylish — yet hard to disassemble — black box full of fairly ordinary components. It was a doozy to take apart, and quite repair-unfriendly given that a single board holds all the vital components." You still give it a 6 yet your email makes it sound more like a 2. There's nothing to repair in the box, all you can do is replace the entire board.

    As for the possible RFID sticker, I'd look into that a bit more. I see no reason to include something like this in manufacturing but Amazon could have ulterior motives with this device and even though it isn't attached to anything, it doesn't have to be. It could activate with a wireless signal and send data back over WiFi to Amazon.

  • HP Z820 Teardown

    Does the HP come with a hand truck? Yes, everything is included in one giant box, whether you need it or not and everything pulls out without any screws but does this really make a good computer? I worked on cheap PCs that didn't use screws and wish they did because after they were moved a couple times, everything came loose. As for the power supply in this monster (either an 850W or 1125W available, that comes out to 7-9.3A), it would almost require a dedicated circuit to operate properly. I'd hate to see how hot this box runs as well. The late 2013 Mac Pro's max power usage is 270W and 921BTU/h. Part of iFixit's charter was supposed to be reduced use of energy isn't it? This monster is anything but power efficient so I'd put an asterisk by your repairability score and mention its high power usage, high cooling requirements, and heavy weight (most businesses have a two-person rule for lifting something this heavy).

  • Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown

    Apple answered my question today with a posting on their website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6099?viewl....

    It can be put on its side.

    As for the MacStadium, I'd rather see the MPs installed within a ring enclosure (like a wine rack) allowing the maximum amount of airflow around them.

  • Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown

    Everybody wants to know if the new Mac Pro can be run on its side or at least tilted (for some kind of rack mounting). If you put the MP back together, can you see if the fan works properly? You mentioned the probability of it being balanced. What happens if it's tilted 45 degrees?

  • iPhone 5c Teardown

    I wonder if the case is made out of plastic because it can be manufactured easier than the aluminum case. The video showing the injection molding, CNC detailing and drilling (aluminum can handle a much smaller hold than plastic since it doesn't melt at a low temperature), and robots "gluing" and placing the (probably stamped) steel antenna frames should be less expensive and faster to do than milling an aluminum block and finishing it. This process can be done in any country. I'd like to see how the individual components are added. It would be really fantastic if Apple were able to construct a robot and parts that could be totally put together my machine instead of requiring tiny hands to place tiny components and insert even tinier screws.

  • iPhone 5c Teardown

    I'd much rather have the insides of my phone secured to the point where they don't fall apart in normal use. I believe that is why Apple is using glue. They don't want people coming in with phones with tiny connectors that fell apart when a little bit of glue would have kept them in place forever. I know iFixit stresses repairability but I'd rather have a device that doesn't require repairs every five minutes.

  • iPhone 5c Teardown

    Why use the word childish? The iPhone 5 was the first non-plastic shell iPhone wasn't it? Was the iPhone 4 considered childish? Are all the plastic Android-based phones childish? Well, forget the last comment because everyone knows the answer.

  • iPhone 5c Teardown

    17 year old fandroid performing the tests.

  • iPhone 5s Teardown

    It is my understanding that people are worried about the Touch ID covering (sapphire) scratching to the point where there's too much interference between the finger and the sensor. The finger never touches the sensor, like on other devices, but it does touch the crystal. I don't believe the crystal will scratch and since I clean my screen regularly (just like my watch), I won't leave my finger print(s) for someone to "steal." Until someone runs a 10000-touch test on the home button, we won't know how well the sensor holds up. Since it needs a live thumb/finger, I'm not volunteering to test it. The test should also be done with a wipe between uses and well as no wipe between uses to see how long it takes for the crystal to become so dirty it's unusable. I bet dirty fingers and never cleaning the crystal will render Touch ID unusable before the sensor gives out or the crystal scratches.

  • iPhone 5s Teardown

    I bought a Swiss Army watch in 2001 in Switzerland while on vacation. it had a titanium band and sapphire crystal. It has never scratched and I wore it daily to work (not a desk job) for several years. If the sapphire Apple is using is anywhere near as good as the one on my watch, it will last a long time without scratches. Of course, someone will scratch it with a diamond and Apple will be blamed for it.