It doesn't matter if you've been living under a rock or have taken refuge in a cave far removed from civilization, chances are you probably still knew today is the day Apple's new iPad goes on sale. Love or hate all things Apple, the Cupertino company is a master at marketing and creating frenzied product launches. But we're not here to stroke Apple's marketing genius, we want to give you a heads up that iFixIt has torn into the new iPad, laying bare all of the internal components.
The electronic surgeons at iFixIt point out that they don't break gadgets, they tear them apart. We love when they do, because then we can spy the innards of expensive tech gear laid bare without ruining our own equipment, allowing us to live vicariously through their teardowns. This week iFixIt took apart Sony's new PlayStation Vita handheld console, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to service.
Verizon released the keyboard-sporting Droid 4 late last week, so you know what the intrepid crew over at iFixit spent their weekend doing: tearing the bad boy apart to see what makes it tick. As it turns out, the battery -- which isn't supposed to be removable by users -- can definitely be removed, but it's a major pain in the butt. The keyboard and LCD screen held a few design surprises, too.
We'd love it if you spent the bulk of your online time right here on MaximumPC.com, and we're constantly working hard to deliver awesome online content to keep you coming back. But hey, the Web is big -- really big -- and there are some worthwhile destinations out there. One of our favorites is iFixIt.com, a site dedicated to DIY electronics repair enthusiasts, and these guys aren't afraid to crack open the latest gear to see what makes 'em tick. We dig that kind of mindset. So when our friends at iFixIt told us they were launching a new website, they had our full attention.
You didn't really think we'd let a new gadget emerge without a shout out to the crazy tech surgeons at iFixIt, did you? Having already taken apart Amazon's Kindle Fire and laid out the device in pieces, iFixIt has turned its attention to Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet, the $249 competitor to Amazon's $199 slate. It's a good thing they did, too, because tearing into a Nook Tablet isn't for the faint of heart and you're likely to kill your device if you try this on your own.
The Kindle Fire is likely to be a hot item this holiday season, but you don’t want to take yours apart just to see how it works. Luckily, iFixit has a Kindle Fire that was destined for such a fate. They report that the Fire is quite easy to take apart, not unlike the very similar BlackBerry PlayBook.
Next to the awesome Will It Blend? series by Blendtec, we're big fans of what iFixIt does to hardware. Whereas Blendtec tosses electronics into an industrial blender and records the carnage, iFixIt tears into expensive gadgets, giving the average user who doesn't have the stomach for tech surgery more than just a peek inside. The newest patient to land on iFixIt's operating table is Motorola's Droid RAZR.
It took a long time for Motorola's much anticipated Droid Bionic smartphone to hit the market, and now that it's finally here, what's left to do but strip it naked and ogle all of its sexy parts? That's exactly what the folks over at iFixIt did, who learned a little bit more about the Droid Bionic in the process.
The cool thing about watching someone else tear apart a piece of electronics equipment is that you get to see the guts without compromising your own gear. There's always the risk that when you put everything back together, it won't fire up, or you'll be left with a fist-full of extra parts that probably needed to go somewhere. In this case, Google's Chromebook won't ship to the general public until June 15, 2011, but do-it-yourself repair site iFixIt managed to get a Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook well ahead of its launch and did what any responsible site would do in this situation -- it gutted the Chromebook for a techtastic autopsy.
Whenever there's a new piece of mobile hardware, be it a tablet or a smartphone, it's a safe bet the surgical bunch from iFixIt will tear into it and expose the guts. The most recent device on iFixIt's operating table is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G smartphone, which started off looking awfully sexy, but ended up in a pile of parts, a piece of which was set on fire. So what did we learn?