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$3.50 Lighting Cable Knockoff Teardown: As Shoddy As You’d Expect

Unshielded, shoddily built and as close to dangerous junk as you can get without actually being dangerous. Today, this description happens to apply to these knock-off Lightning adapters from China, but it could equally describe any cheap no-name Chinese electronic accessories.

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iFixit Teardown Of The New Mac mini Reveals Some Pleasant Surprises

iFixit Teardown Of The New Mac mini Reveals Some Pleasant Surprises

The new Mac mini is fairly easy to disassemble with normal tools.

Apple hasn’t been very friendly to the DIY community in recent years. Every year Macs get harder and harder to take apart and repair/upgrade at home. iFixit called the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display the “least repairable” MacBook yet, and the 13-inch Retina MacBook didn’t score so well either.

That’s why it’s refreshing to hear that the 2012 Mac mini Apple announced Tuesday is actually very repairable. “The Mini continues to be one of the most repairable devices that Apple produces,” according to iFixit’s official teardown.

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iFixit Tears Down The New iPod Nano, Gives It 5 Out Of 10 For Repairability

iFixit Tears Down The New iPod Nano, Gives It 5 Out Of 10 For Repairability

Almost every component in the iPod nano is soldered together.

Just days after pulling apart the fifth-generation iPod touch, iFixit have taken their tools to the new, seventh-generation iPod nano. This model marks another major change to the iPod nano lineup; it’s no longer a tiny device you can wear on your rest, but instead it takes a longer form much like the fourth- and fifth-generation devices.

iFixit has given this model a reparability score of 5 out of 10, which means that like the rest of Apple’s new iOS devices, this one isn’t to get into, or easy to repair. Here are some other interesting things the teardown uncovered.

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Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter Torn Down, Designed To Be Unhackable & Uncounterfeitable

Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter Torn Down, Designed To Be Unhackable & Uncounterfeitable

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The new Lightning to 30 Pin adapter has not won over many Apple fans. No one wants to pay $30 to be able to use their old iPhone accessories with the new iPhone 5, but it’s better than buying a new accessory altogether, right?

Double Helix Cables finally got their new dock adapter in the mail and naturally decided to tear it apart and find out what is inside. They found out that just like the new Lightning cables, Apple’s gone to some extra lengths to make the Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter unhackable and uncounterfeitable.

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5th Gen iPod Touch Teardown Reveals Massive Battery, Poor Repairability Score

5th Gen iPod Touch Teardown Reveals Massive Battery, Poor Repairability Score

The new iPod touch goes under the knife.

How do we know the new iPod touch began shipping yesterday? Because iFixit’s gone and torn it apart already. That’s right, the fifth-generation device has received its customary teardown, revealing its whopping new battery, and all of its new components. iFixit have awarded the iPod touch a repairability score of 3 out of 10, meaning it’s not at all easy to fix.

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iPhone 5 Teardown Reveals Easy-To-Swap Screen, Beefed-Up Home Button

iPhone 5 Teardown Reveals Easy-To-Swap Screen, Beefed-Up Home Button

The iPhone 5 screen comes off like Brad Pitt’s shirt: fast.

After boarding a plane to Melbourne, Australia to be one of the first in the whole world to get their hands on an iPhone 5, the folks at iFixit have torn it apart and found that — surprise — the new iPhone seems to actually have been designed with easy repair in mind. Partially, at least.

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The iFixIt iPhone 5 Teardown Is Underway – First Images Are Up

The iFixIt iPhone 5 Teardown Is Underway – First Images Are Up

Ripping into the iPhone 5, mate!

iFixit rips into new technology like a ten-year-old with a stack of birthday presents. Co-founder Luke Soules flew down to Melbourne, Australia to be one of the first people to own the magical device, with the sole purpose of taking it apart at the MacFixit offices in Australia.

The process itself is well underway, as you can see in the gallery of images below.

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iFixit Dissects The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Hopes Apple Is Taking Notes

iFixit Dissects The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Hopes Apple Is Taking Notes

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 made its debut last week and has already found its innards spread across a table for all to see. That’s right, I’m talking about the customary iFixit teardown. That’s when a member of the iFixit team dissects a device to expose its parts and determine its level of repairability. You’ll be happy to know the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 scored an 8 out of 10 for ease of repair, completely shaming Apple’s new iPad, which barely scored a 2.

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iFixit Details Retina MacBook Pro’s Repair Limitations, Estimates Battery Replacement At $500

iFixit Details Retina MacBook Pro’s Repair Limitations, Estimates Battery Replacement At $500

Fixing this baby will cost you an arm and a leg.

Following its Retina MacBook Pro teardown back in June, iFixit declared Apple’s latest portable “the least repairable laptop” it has ever taken apart. While some components aren’t too difficult to upgrade or replace, others — such as the battery and RAM — are near impossible without professional help. In its new repair guide, published today, iFixit details further repair limitations with the notebook, and estimates that a third-party battery replacement could cost around $500.

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Teardown Reveals The Huge Differences Between Apple’s New MacBook Pros

Teardown Reveals The Huge Differences Between Apple’s New MacBook Pros

The older MacBook Pro is significantly easier to repair than its successor.

If you decided not to purchase a new MacBook Pro with Retina display simply because almost nothing inside it can be repaired or upgraded at home, then you’ll be pleased to know that the other new MacBook Pro (the one without a Retina display) is just as repairable as its predecessor, earning a 7/10 repair score from iFixit.

Here’s how it compares to the next-generation model on the inside.

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