I am always transfixed by these tear-downs. Excellent post Miroslav. It seems to me companies providing mobile devices, i.e. cell phones, tablets, pads, etc. are striving for more and more complexity within one given space. With that in mind, I have no idea as to where we will be in ten (10) years. I would love to visit the manufacturing facilities responsible for the assembly and production of this device.
I had the great pleasure of working on the Titan II missile, which is the platform that shot the Gemini astronauts. There is more computing power in a typical cell phone, and certainly the Google Tango, than we had in the entire Gemini system. The speed of technology and especially communication technology is truly amazing.
Elizabeth- Perhaps you could practice taking apart another defunct phone you might have lying around. Even though it might not be of the iPhone variety, it will give you an insight on the amount of force that's needed to separate various parts and other things.
These "Inside" blog posts are much more relevant to me after my experience of this weekend of my own (the second of two) failed attempt at repairing my shattered iPhone 4 screen. I have to send out props to all the people who find taking apart devices and putting them back together again easy! I have an iFixit kit to replace the front screen of my phone and dutifully watched a very clever YouTube video about how to do it, but twice now I have gotten partially the way through the process and panicked and put my phone back together. This second time I was nearly there but couldn't go through with it, and now my iPhone is missing a few screws but thankfully still works! Any advice from people especially adept at this at the best way to proceed with success with this fix for someone not nearly as comfortable with taking apart gadgets??
It's pretty awesome. Amazon is also working on a similar approach. Let's see what they come up with when they release their smartphone later this year. Anyhow, i can't wait to get my hands on this to experience the actual performance.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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