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Also, I didn't have enough space to write how absolutely blown away I am at the quality of this teardown. Beyond just the physical work, the extra research put into explaining it is brilliant. The confusing bits of tech are easy to understand and including the links tobsources and part data right with the test instead of just a pile of footnotes at the bottom helps let me decide just how deep down the tech rabbit hole I want to go!
I've read and loved many of these from ifixit, but you guys/girls/robots have reset the bar (again) with this one. Well done!
Every bit of the teardown proves my thought that ML was in full “use whatever it takes to get something awesome and tangible into the light of day and hands of tech journalists”.
The idea of ML’s defining headlines being stuff that had words like “failure, $500M+, defunct, etc” was something they were going to break everything to avoid.
This iteration of the tech is a proof of concept device purely for the sake of quieting naysayers and settling the growing number of very worried investors and future buyers.
If this operates at even 75% “WOW Factor” it may earn them the time they need to finish designing their actual consumer level device. I have a feeling their mass production model will barely resemble this. The battery placement and total absense of maintenance/repair/replace indicators kinda proves that.
I am skeptical that the mass-produced model will ever be a reality, but I have a bit more hope than normal now that I've seen the Nissan GTR level of obsessive care in the build quality of this device.