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  • Retina Macbook 2015 Teardown

    Would you please measure the logic board? I'd like to know how small it actually is.

  • iPhone 5 Teardown

    Can we give the iPhone 5 a tentative 9 out of 10 just because of the screen? It already looks more repairable than the Retina MBP.

  • iPhone 4 Dock Connector Replacement

    Used all the steps the first time then only took off bottom end to get to dock connector the second and third time. iPhone charges properly but home button doesn't work. I tried reinserting "fragile" ribbon cable three times and I think it's in but home button still fails to work. Is this the only part that affects the home button or is there another connector that might have been reattached improperly? Thanks.

  • 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.

  • Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown

    That's weird. I use a Torx 6 a lot. Maybe not on Mac equipment but other devices.

  • Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown

    Sorry, didn't notice it was a security bit.

  • Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown

    I think Apple was going for the simplest solution with the least amount of connections that could become loose. With the security screws, Apple obviously doesn't want anyone inside even though it appears to be easy to replace the hard drive, power supply, and fan. I see this as a commodity item where you replace instead of repair. I know that doesn't fit the mold of iFixit but at least they didn't glue it shut. If this model becomes the replacement for server farms, I would like to know how many Mac mini's are actually repaired when they fail and how many are simply replaced with new ones and fired back up (old ones either repaired or tossed).

  • iPhone 3G Battery Replacement

    I agree with the others that cable 6 and 7 are very fragile and can be difficult to reattach. I was able to get #7 back on but #6 just wouldn't attach. I put too much pressure on it so now I have a cell phone without WiFi or GPS. I would rate the repairability of this phone lower than it is because of the 50-50 chance of flattening these connectors. My 3GS is now effectively an iPod, but with a new battery.

  • iPhone 5c Teardown

    17 year old fandroid performing the tests.

  • 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.