Tools Featured in this Teardown


Once upon a midnight dreary, while we pondered, weak and weary, over many quaint and curious volumes of service manual lore—while we pondered, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of some one gently rapping, rapping at our teardown door.

“’Tis some pumpkin,” we did mutter, “rapping at our teardown door—

Only this and nothing more.”

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Pumpkin, use our service manual.

  1. Pumpkin: this fall's must-have device. Despite a yearly release cycle, our Late 2016 Pumpkin doesn't  sport any major upgrades from last year's model.
    • Pumpkin: this fall's must-have device. Despite a yearly release cycle, our Late 2016 Pumpkin doesn't sport any major upgrades from last year's model.

    • It's scratchgate all over again! Our brand-new Pumpkin came with a few dents and dings. This could haunt Pumpkin's durability over time.

    • Here're some specs on Pumpkin:

      • Pumpkin comes in several stunning finishes: Really Orange, Space Orange, and Annoying Orange. Jet Orange is currently sold out.

      • This model is marketed primarily as decorative, lacking the necessary features (e.g. heat sensitive material) for models used in pie-making.

      • No operating system is required

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  2. Time to disconnect the battery.
    • Time to disconnect the battery.

    • No matter what device you're cracking open, it's important to disconnect the battery first. We're not making pumpkin pie, so we don't want to cook this device in the course of a teardown.

    • We've said it before, we'll say it again: integrated, difficult-to-replace batteries are spooky. We're pleased this Pumpkin-maker made the battery easy to access.

    • This long-lived battery will have enough pumpkin juice to make it all night—or at least until the Great Pumpkin comes.

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    • Pumpkin's spherical unibody design is something of a novelty—the last time we saw anything like this was Google's Nexus Q.

    • Getting in will prove challenging, as the seams on the outside appear to be purely decorative. And there's not a screw in sight. This thing is locked up tighter than Dracula's castle.

    • Before we resort to invasive tactics, we heat up our iOpener to soften up any hidden adhesive that might be lurking under the handle. But Pumpkin keeps mum.

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    • We were hoping to avoid smashing pumpkins, but it looks like we're going to have to bust our way in. A top-down approach seems most intuitive.

    • We start by carefully plotting out a path of entry. We don't want to damage any internal components that may be hiding under the handle.

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    • Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater couldn't breach this orange shell. Instead we tried our Jimmy—and it worked out very well.

    • Usually, we use the Jimmy for prying. But we're going full Michael Myers and using the Jimmy to stab Pumpkin open.

    • Even with a convenient handle, the lid is difficult to remove. A mystery adhesive underneath is too strong for our suction cup. And that just sucks.

    • So we break out our spudger. Jamming it under the lid seems to do the trick(-or-treat).

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    • Grasp Pumpkin firmly by the handle.

    • After a decent tug, the lid comes free from the device, trailing an adhesive residue after it. We haven't seen this much adhesive gunk since we took apart the Surface Pro.

      • Ripping the head lid off proves to be a bit of a nightmare.

    • We raise this Pumpkin-top like the dead, anxious for a little grave robbing pie making investigation of its fleshy, vascular strands.

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    • Now comes the delicate process of removing the internal components. We reach our tweezers into the unexplored depths of Pumpkin and pull out an ...

    • iPhone headphone jack assembly! So that's where Apple put them all.

    • With that out of the way, we start removing the other components ... one by one. This is gonna take awhile.

      • The seeds appear to be nearly identical. We wonder if they are interchangeable. If so, that would certainly improve Pumpkin's repairability score.

    The seeds may not improve repairability. But they increase replaceability.

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    • Here's what we like about Pumpkin—there's no walled garden (unless you literally grow Pumpkin in a walled garden). When it comes to hardware—this sucker is fully moddable!

    • Modding the case will require us to use destructive techniques, so we want to be careful. One false move with our tools—and we could turn Pumpkin into a ghost.

    • We start by affixing a stencil to Pumpkin's outer case, and to "stay in the lines," so to speak, we do a little tracing too.

    • With this many pins in it, Pumpkin is shaping up to be a real Hellraiser.

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    • We didn't find our favorite screw-type in Pumpkin, so we're going to put it on Pumpkin.

    • A tech knife is all it takes to excise the cross-head.

    • Scoring Pumpkin requires a more specialized tool. The scorer allows us to scrape away the hard, outer-layer of orange, revealing a softer, lighter material underneath.

      • A more accessible alternative for the DIY Pumpkin modder might be a small melon baller, or a Dremel if you have one.

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    • Doing some custom lettering on Pumpkin requires us to break out the big guns.

      • It's possible this thick case material serves as some sort of heat shield for the heating accesory often used in tandem with Pumpkin.

    • Of course, this kind of mod will likely compromise the device's waterproofing.

      • But the final result is just too good to pass on. We'll just avoid using Pumpkin anywhere near a toilet.

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    • Some models of Pumpkin come with a heating element preinstalled—but our base model didn't include one. Guess we'll just have to upgrade.

    • Good thing we've still got this handy fuel source! Once it spontaneously combusts, that 13.48 Wh battery will be just the thing to light Pumpkin up like the Fourth of July.

    • Please, do not handle, use, touch, approach, or even look at the Note7 (Unless you're actively putting it in a triple-layer box and shipping it back to Samsung).

    BAHAHAHAAHA! Best warning disclaimer!

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    Shade definitely thrown.

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    • Don't mind that smell, it's operating as designed. The flavor has proven to be very popular with modern consumers.

    • Added bonus: Our case modifications should prevent Pumpkin from overheating, but safety first! Keep an eye on your Pumpkin, once lit.

    • Uh-oh. This Pumpkin completely lost its head! Thanks to our friends at Creative Electron for popping Pumpkin into their spooktacular X-ray machine and sharing the results with us.

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    • Like an overripe zombie, our Pumpkin has completely spilled it guts. The witching hour is now over.

    • For more Pumpkin tips and best practices, head to our Answers forum!

    • Happy Halloween to all you repair ghouls out there!

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Taylor Whitney

Member since: 11/06/2015

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Great work guys :)

Senad - Reply

How do I reassemble?

Jay Calvert - Reply

Facile : il suffit de planter une graine...

paddy -

There is no reassembly. But you can replicate by planting one of the excavated seeds.

anneeasterling -

Where is the Kanooter Valve?

ds40014 - Reply

Great fun but are you sure this does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?

pedzsan - Reply

iFixit is working for a DMCA exemption for Pumpkin, as well.

Julia -

Any ideas about dealing with the RAM*? *Really Awful Mess

clockmaker1999 - Reply

Cleanup itself might be a sticky situation, sewing seeds of doubt wherever you go.

Nathanael Bunge -

What is the repairability score?

Abdullah - Reply

I have an old skyhook from my apprenticeship days at the bottom of my toolbox, you can have it to really fix it where it'll be seen best.

Alister Liddell - Reply

That pumpkin had alot of guts to it...... You should have given us the number of seeds to count for later reassembly.....

John Jenkins - Reply

I'd like to buy pumpkin internals (part only) as I already have the tools! whats the cost.

PS: are the seeds backward compatible with other varieties of pumpkins?

DAXimus - Reply

Best Halloween Gag of the year!

Great fun, thanks for making me laugh on a Monday!


biowizard - Reply

One thing missing: Put it under X-ray XD

Franky - Reply

Added. See step 12. (;

Taylor Whitney -

Reassembly please. If I leave that on the table when I go out I'll have nowhere to go home to!

JohnRobert Clark III - Reply

Very nice! This was an awesome Halloween-theme teardown.

tollesonuniversity - Reply

This baby won't last a week, it's bound to give up the ghost soon (pun intended). And looking at the mess you've made, I'm pretty sure you've voided the warranty!

Rob - Reply

Please, be sure to recycle the pumpkin seeds by washing them, drying them out, and then toasting them in the oven. The stringy part can also be cooked with sugar and used in a Mallorcan pastry called ensaimada carbello.

Barb - Reply

I feel a Monty Python attack coming on! Oh no, we'e about to get squaAAAASH---(ed).

burkphoto - Reply

Cinderella won't be happy, you screwed up her coach


Stil waiting for the X-Ray teardown :)

Markus - Reply

Check step 12! We added a little something.

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Duane Cook - Reply

Absolutely brilliant. I really enjoyed it.

Patrick Canady - Reply

I tried booting it after tearing mine down, but my toe went right through the outer casing.

Scott Bayes - Reply

degree of difficulty?

fanxiangyu2014 - Reply

How does it score in terms of repairability?

Eliapple Techkid - Reply

I'd say 8/10 based on the aftermath

Peter kokkinos - Reply

Mine has turned into a DRM after step 9……(Despicable Runny Mess)…… or was the ‘putting it in the microwave..’ instruction, just a suggestion?

Maybe we can get the iTunes guys to spell it out for us?

Do you think Apple will refund?


If it moves iFixit

Greg Richards - Reply

I loved this - hilarious :)

Congratulations guys for something that made me laugh from as soon as i opened the page - i thought i was gonna get rickrolled or something like that

Chris Hammond - Reply

My unit went into kernel panic

Carl Manuelian - Reply

I love you guys.

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