Posted by: Chris Barylick
Date: Friday, March 31st, 2017, 05:01
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors, Take Apart, Touch ID
The new 9.7-inch iPad is built on a pretty familiar framework.
Last week, Apple unveiled its 9.7-inch iPad. According to the teardown performed by the coolest of felines at iFixit, the new iPad is essentially a spruced-up version of the original iPad Air released in 2013. They share the same battery and the same display. There are some minor tweaks, too, including the integration of the third-generation A9 chip and Touch ID capabilities.
The new model is a minor upgrade, but arrives at a nice price point wherein the 32GB model is $329, compared to the previous entry-level iPad Air 2 that went for $399.
Posted by: Tom Hesser
Date: Friday, January 3rd, 2014, 09:54
Category: Apple, Hardware, Mac Pro, Take Apart, Thunderbolt
Gadget teardown specialists, iFixit, have completed their full disassembly of the new Mac Pro and have given it an 8 out of 10 on the repairability scale. So what else did they find out? Best to head on over there for the full details (24 steps for the full take-apart), but here are a few of the juicy details (cherry-picked from the iFixit run-down);
- it has taken some design pointers from the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule bodies: a thin, vertical design with individual boards on separate sides.
- simply sliding the lock switch allows us to remove the outer casing of the Mac Pro. No stubborn pentalobe screws here!
- The RAM in the Mac Pro Late 2013 is easily accessible and replaceable.
- it is vented by a single fan, which pulls air from under the case, through the core, and out the top of the case.
- it utilizes a giant triangular heat sink (“Thermal Core”), shared by the dual graphics cards and CPU.
- the new graphics cards may be the key to Apple finally undercutting homebrew systems on a pure power basis.
- a CPU upgrade appears entirely possible.
- The power supply has no dedicated cooling, and relies on the main system fan to keep cool—allowing the Mac Pro to idle at a whisper-quiet 12 dBA.
- Non-proprietary Torx screws are used throughout, and several components can be replaced independently.
In spite of the lack of internal, user-upgradeable disk space, the new Mac Pro is a far cry from the iMac which has gotten more and more difficult to do at-home repairs or upgrades upon. Here’s hoping that Apple plans to offer some internal component upgrade paths.
Posted by: Tom Hesser
Date: Monday, December 30th, 2013, 09:57
Category: Features, Intel, Mac Pro, Processors, Take Apart, Thunderbolt
Now that people have started to get their hands on the new Mac Pro, naturally the first thing they do is to tear it apart to see what makes it tick. Since the announcement of the Mac Pros specs and hardware, potential buyers have been lamenting the lack of user-upgradeable components in the sleek, black cylinder. It may be one of the reasons Apple was able to make it so small, but that is little consolation to pro users who are used to having more flexibility with their hardware. So far it was believed that the only internal part that could be upgraded was the memory. Apple expects all other expansion to be done through the Mac Pro’s six, high-speed Thunderbolt 2 ports.
Posted by: Jason O'Grady
Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 10:44
Category: Take Apart
French Web site Pomme Grenette has posted a tutorial (in English) which describes how to install a Bluetooth module in a PowerMac G5, with some pictures for each different step.
Posted by: PowerPage Contributor
Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2005, 00:51
Category: Take Apart
Not too long after Apple releases a product, someone figures out how to open it up so that we can see the guts. I think that it’s in our DNA or something. Well, the honor for first iPod Shuffle dissection goes to AppleMatters.com. But it’s not for the faint of heart.
“Preparing the cadaver”
The challenge is trying to figure out the first step in disassembling the object. As is expected with Apple, every detail of this design has been thought through and there are no visible cues as to how the casing comes apart.