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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thirsty Bag for Water Emergencies and Your Portable Device

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"The iFixit Thirsty Bag can be a life-saver when it comes to salvaging water-damaged iPhones and iPads... if you happen to have one around when an accident happens."

I think that is the key, you have to have it around when you need it. At $6.95 USD a pop they aren't too bad so you could get a couple and keep around the house or wherever else you think you might need one stored. If the worst happens and you wash your iPhone, wipe it down and get it in the bag. Overnight it will suck up all the moisture it can, hopefully saving your device. No idea if it really works, but I'm not going to be a test case, that's for sure! Check out the video here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thunderbolt Display Dissected

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"It's been more than two months since Apple unveiled its Thunderbolt Display, and the gadget sadists over at iFixit are just getting around to picking the thing apart -- quite literally."

I always like to see how much they pack into the slim designs. Interesting they are using the same LCD as the 2009 iMac, I would have thought they might use something newer. Perhaps this was the best option? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A See-Through iPhone 4 from iFixit

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

"Apple engineers went to great lengths to conceal the innards of the iPhone 4 with an elegant glass case that looks like a cool black monolith, but now teardown wizards over at iFixit have tweaked that design in order to expose the guts of the handset to the world."

I suppose if the back of my iPhone 4 were damaged, this might be a nice option, and cheaper than a regular repair since the glass panel sells for $29.95 USD. A caveat though, this will only work on the GSM iPhones due to the layout change with the CDMA version, sorry Verizon customers! You can find out more at the iFixit site.

Monday, March 14, 2011

iFixit Tears Down the iPad 2

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:30 AM

"Remember when logicboards were one of the biggest components of a computer? Not any more."

It seems it's almost obligatory that whenever Apple releases a product, iFixIt releases photos of the product in various stages of teardown. I do find it interesting how they can pack so much stuff into such a tiny form factor though, quality engineering! You can see the entire set of photos at the iFixIt site.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

iFixIt Does it Again, This Time to the iPhone 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"iFixIt's latest illustrated hardware teardown dissects the new Verizon variant of the iPhone 4, and company CEO Kyle Wiens says the internals of this CDMA iPhone 4 are more interesting than he had expected. He says everyone knew the external appearance of the CDMA iPhone 4 was changed slightly, but he had no idea how many differences were to be uncovered inside, amounting to a substantial redesign, with differences more significant than, for example, those between the iPhone 3G and the 3GS."

One of those changes that surprised him was the type of chip used, the same Qualcomm MDM6600 chip that supports GSM and DCMA technology. Could this be what is going to be in the iPhone 5? Is Apple preparing a "world phone" for the masses? Baby steps I suppose and putting this in a Verizon only phone was a good test for the configuration I'm sure. I don't doubt that this is the where the iPhone is heading, I guess the only question is how long is it going to take to get there? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fixit Yourself

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 04:00 AM

"Concerned with the growing problem with eWaste? Want the ability to upgrade and repair your own electronics? Believe that the throw-away mentality needs to change for the sake of sustainability?"

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, or you just want to save yourself a few bucks, then you might want to check out the online repair manuals offered by iFixit. I'm all for saving a few bucks, but some stuff I want to leave to the professionals, or at least someone that has the right tools for the job.

Tags: hardware, repair, , ifixit

Friday, October 22, 2010

iFixit Tears Down the MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:00 AM

"If you were wondering about the components inside the new, second-generation MacBook Air - iFixIt has you covered. They took apart the 11.6-inch MacBook Air and documented their findings in copious detail."

You knew this was coming, and they aren't kidding when they say copious detail. The write up is three pages filled with photographs, beginning with what is in the box and then at each step of the tear down. It always amazes me how they are able to cram so much technology into such a small package. Interesting article if you have been wondering, like me, just how Apple was able to do it.

Friday, September 10, 2010

iFixit Tears Down the Touch, Nano and Shuffle

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"There's a pretty immediate response these days--every time a shiny new gadget is announced, I wonder what the thing would look like unscrewed and pried apart. It makes me feel a bit like a gadget serial killer, to be perfectly honest--and I blame iFixIt."

iFixit had the trifecta, dismantling the iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. I always find these articles interesting, and especially this time with the Touch since they were able to make the device so thin. Amazing engineering.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

So Just What is Inside That iPhone 4?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:30 AM

"Being the resourceful tinkerers that we are, we scoured the depths of this great nation, and we have emerged victorious."

Seems like such a shame to do this to a device, but I have to admit I'm always curious.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Let's Look Inside Shall We?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:00 AM

"We're taking apart Apple's all-new product, the iPad! We got a sneak peak inside the iPad yesterday, when we were able to un-redact the FCC's test photos. Be warned, however: what you see there is with a pre-production unit, while the photos here are from a unit purchased at retail."

This didn't take them long at all, but I guess these types of stories never do take long to show up.

Friday, December 18, 2009

iFixIt's Christmas Present to You, and Me

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 AM

"The website "iFixIt" has been a goldmine of information and how-to instructions for repairing various models of Macintosh that have been released over the years, starting with the "Pismo" PowerBook G3 in 2004. Their take-apart manuals have been filled with detailed photographs and illustrations that clearly show the steps for replacing parts, and accessing components for servicing. On December 15th, they licensed all of their repair manuals to the public for free."

Quite possibly "the largest free release of repair documentation ever," iFixIt announced the gift yesterday on their blog. They do have a ton of information, with manuals for 91 Mac models, 34 iPods and several iPhones. Nice resource and now under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA License you can access it for free.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So There is Room for a Camera

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:30 PM

"The iPod touch may be nearly the same on the outside, but inside, it still got a few updates from Apple. The 32GB iPod touch now sports hardware to support 802.11n and even leaves room for a possible camera."

So there is some room in that device after all for a camera. But wait, that's not all! They also appear to have put in a newer chipset that supports 802.11n, although the software isn't out yet to support it. You can see the sequence of photos on the tear-down at the iFixit site.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Nano Breakdown

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPods" @ 09:00 AM

"The pioneers at iFixit are at it again, this time exploring the Loop's newest, coolest gadget - the iPod nano."

Once you read all about the Nano and what David Pogue has to say, you might as well get into the inner workings of it and take it apart right? I like these take apart articles, to see just what is inside and what parts they decided on using to get the functionality, and I'm really glad someone else is doing it on their dime.

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