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A teardown of the latest version of MacBook reveals Apple has made relatively few changes to how the notebook is put together, with some refreshed hardware being the main differentiator between this and the previous version. Just as with the last attempt at a MacBook teardown by iFixit, it is shown Apple is continuing to make it very difficult for its users to make repairs to the device, giving it an extremely low "repairability" score.
A new teardown of the latest iPad -- the 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro -- has found only minor variances with the iPad Air 2 in most respects, after inheriting most of the components of the larger iPad Pro model, with only the battery (which is slightly smaller, but with no noticeable degradation of performance, to the one in the iPad Air 2) and some minor board changes made to squeeze nearly all of the features of the larger iPad Pro into the 9.7-inch shell. However, large amounts of adhesive means that the latest iPad is even less "repairable" than the previous models.
A second teardown of Apple's newest smartphone has uncovered more components previously used in other devices, with the iPhone SE using an identical display and Touch ID sensor to the iPhone 5s. Following after yesterday's teardown, which concentrated on the main circuitboard used in the mobile device, iFixit's teardown examines the rest of the smartphone, showing more repurposing of parts Apple has included in other products.
Following a successful campaign to legalize cellphone unlocking -- winning key exemptions from the Copyright Office for repair, and strong support for repair-friendly state legislation -- repair information repository iFixit has assisted in launching The Repair Association. The new group has been created to represent the other three million professional device servicers and consumer-level repairers as well.
Apple's latest product launch has received the now customary teardown treatment by repair outfit iFixit, and it has been declared a highly unrepairable device. The Smart Battery Case has been dissected into bits and has scored a mere two out of a possible ten on the company's repairability scale, with the only possible repair found to be a difficult to achieve process due to the use of a strong adhesive to keep the battery in place.
On the heels of teardowns of both the iPad Pro and its Apple Pencil accessory, iFixit has done a teardown of the Apple Smart Keyboard intended to go with the iPad Pro as well. The keyboard cover uses conductive fabric to cover the keys, and Retina MacBook-style dome switches under the keys. Among the minor discoveries was that the company uses the fabric for both power and data, and that the unit cannot be opened with breaking it.
The Apple Pencil is an impressive technical marvel, details revealed during an iFixit teardown of the accessory have suggested. While it includes the smallest logic board the technical outfit has ever seen, among other interesting aspects, the compact nature of the internals makes the Pencil an extremely unrepairable device, scoring one out of ten on iFixit's repairability, worse than the three out of ten scored by the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro is a difficult-to-repair tablet, according to a teardown of the device by repair outfit iFixit. The ritual dismantling of Apple's latest tablet has also revealed a few notable items about its construction, with the biggest discoveries being a change in the way the large 12.9-inch display is mounted to the rest of the casing compared to other iPads, and Apple's extensive use of foam to help boost the self-balancing speaker drivers.
Teardown and repair site iFixit, best known for their examinations of Apple hardware and repair guides, has seen its developer account closed and its app pulled from the App Store because it tore down a developer-only pre-release Apple TV, in direct violation of the terms and conditions of the developer agreement. The site took responsibility for the error, and apologized to app users for "any inconvenience."
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus use smaller batteries than their predecessors, teardowns of the smartphones have revealed. A customary part of major device launches, the teardown by iFixit has discovered the battery inside the iPhone 6s is a 1,715mAh unit, slightly smaller than the 1,810mAh version used in the iPhone 6, with the addition of the new Taptic engine to the device likely to have forced Apple to reduce the physical size of the battery itself.