Site Launch: User-Submitted Teardowns!

June 4, 2009 Events, Site News — Miro

We are launching a new user-driven teardown platform today. Our new online teardown creation tools allow anyone to easily author and publish teardown guides, complete with disassembly photos and technical details.

iFixit uses a powerful home-grown documentation tool to write our repair manuals. Over the years that software has developed into a fast and efficient way to publish the Mac teardowns that we create. Our hardware teardowns and analysis have become world-renowned for providing a first look inside new hardware.

Tons of people have asked us to publish their teardowns to our audience. This demand helped us realize the importance of releasing this platform for everyone, so we spent the last year polishing our tool and making it robust enough for anyone to create teardowns free of charge.

In the past we’ve focused primarily on Apple devices, but we’ve recently expanded and published a number of non-Apple teardowns. Our recent teardowns of the Nintendo DSi, Amazon Kindle 2, and Dell Adamo were massively popular and have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. The deviation from writing Mac teardowns foreshadowed today’s epic announcement. We hope that people use our flexible teardown platform to create teardowns of devices of all kinds, not just Apple products.

We keep our website running fast. Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about handling large spikes in server traffic. Thanks to cloud computing, RightScale, and Amazon EC2, today we’re able to dynamically scale our capacity to meet demand.

Writing a teardown is simple, and we wrote a step-by-step guide to show people how it’s done.

We are also proud to announce our first user-generated teardowns. Using our tool, has republished their detailed cell phone teardowns and circuit analysis.

We are absolutely thrilled to be launching our new site. This platform has been a labor of love for a long time, and we’re excited to see what tinkerers all over the world create with it. Join us, and show the world what’s inside your gadgets!


  1. Woohoo! This is a great tool and I’m very glad you did it! I know a great many people will submit and more will be helped by the submissions. Thank you guys for taking the time, effort, and money required for a project like this.

    Hope it’s ready to handle all the new traffic. : )

    Comment by Sarabian — June 4, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  2. Excelente pagina, muy buenos herramientas,

    Muchas gracias.

    Comment by James Mendoza — June 8, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

  3. Great to hear its up and running. I’ll make sure you guys get some Guides from us at GreenCitizen.


    Comment by Chiman Lee — June 11, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

  4. Having just finished the Sky TV Remote teardown, I found the interface very user-friendly and the picture upload was easy as pie (not mathematical pi, that’s rubbish, but edible pie.)

    In the near or distant future, we’d like to see user-generated guides and maybe even a Parts Store for users to sell and buy.

    Well, it might happen.

    Comment by QEII Repair — June 16, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

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  6. Cool site, love the info.

    Comment by Bill Bartmann — September 3, 2009 @ 8:46 am

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