Things That Go Bump in the Copyright

Things That Go Bump in the Copyright

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law—addressing what’s at stake and what we need to do to make sure that Copyright Law promotes creativity and innovation. My first DIY iPhone repair was replacing the battery in my 6s. If I’m being honest, it was kinda terrifying. My hands got so sweaty that the driver kept slipping out of my fingertips. But I had to do it—a simple battery replacement is like a rite of passage around here. Despite my fear, the repair went off without a hitch. The whole thing took about 45 minutes (although, half that time was spent compulsively studying the repair guide, trying to muster up the courage to get started). But I did it. I’m still using that same 6s—its been a reliable companion for two years. But when I updated my iOS to 10.2.1, it seemed like Pokemon Go was loading at Slowpoke pace. A week later, Apple fessed up to Batterygate and confirmed my suspicions. Turns out mine is one of the millions of iPhones that could use a battery replacement. No big deal for me: I know how to replace a battery. And I live in the smallest city in the world that has an Apple Store. No joke—if I had any aim—I could throw a rock out my apartment window and hit an Apple Genius upside the head. There’s that many of them. Look Ma, no hands! First DIY iPhone battery replacement on the...
Replacing your iPhone battery? Here’s what you need to know.

Replacing your iPhone battery? Here’s what you need to know.

Does replacing my own battery void my iPhone’s warranty? If you need a battery replacement, your warranty probably bit the big one already. Apple’s standard iPhone warranty lasts one year, and a typical battery works quite a bit longer (500 charge cycles, or roughly 18-24 months by our math teacher’s reckoning). By the way, US law states that third-party modifications or service (like battery replacements) cannot void the warranty, unless the manufacturer can demonstrate that it damaged the device. Look into Magnuson–Moss if you want to know your rights here. Why is there a shipping charge? Can’t you just do it for free? Shipping smartphone batteries used to be like shipping socks, until a certain Note started catching fire and causing panic aboard airplanes. Nowadays, there are a lot of goofy restrictions when shipping li-ion batteries, with some deliveries taking as long as two months depending on the shipping carrier. In response to these issues, if your order contains a battery, we ship it via UPS Ground by default—more expensive, but much faster and more reliable in comparison. That being said, if you prefer our $5 USPS First-Class Mail shipping option and you don’t mind risking a long delay for your battery: Go to your Order History and click “Request Change” on the order within 30 minutes of the order being placed. Call or send us an email (support@ifixit.com) letting us know you want to change the shipping method to USPS First-Class Mail. We will modify the order and refund you the shipping cost difference. If you want all the gritty details, or are just having trouble falling asleep,...
See Beyond Your iPhone Screen with These Wallpapers

See Beyond Your iPhone Screen with These Wallpapers

Your iPhone probably knows everything about your life, but what do you know about it? We’ve been taking apart iPhones for a decade—and we love giving everyone the chance to see beyond the screen. How cool would it be to see inside your iPhone every time you looked at it? Really cool, we know! That’s why we made these internal iPhone wallpapers that show off exactly what your iPhone’s made of. We have wallpapers for the following iPhone models: iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 7 and 7 Plus iPhone 6s and 6s Plus iPhone 6 and 6 Plus iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c iPhone 5 iPhone 4s Here’s how to get them: Click one of the links above on your phone that matches up with your iPhone model. Find the image you want as your wallpaper and click on the photo for the full resolution. Then, save the image on to your phone. You can set the wallpaper from “Wallpapers” in your phone’s Settings—“Choose a New Wallpaper” lists your recent photos, including downloads. Both “Still” and “Perspective” work, but we like “Still” a little bit more. Don’t worry—there’s instructions on every post, too. Enjoy! All content here is licensed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. Read more here:: See Beyond Your iPhone Screen with These Wallpapers...
We Just Took Apart Apple’s New iMac Pro

We Just Took Apart Apple’s New iMac Pro

We can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than starting it off with a good ol’ fashioned teardown, so we spent all of our Christmas money to take apart the new iMac Pro. First, some good news: the RAM, CPU, and SSDs are modular. In fact, we saved some dough and successfully “maxxed” out our base model’s 32 GB of RAM to 128 GB with our handy Memory Maxxer kit. More good news: the space gray is pretty cool looking. But now, the bad news: most of the key components require a full disassembly to replace. No RAM door, and a soldered GPU. These supposed “Pro” units aren’t cheap—and it sure would be nice to upgrade your $5000 workstation instead of replacing it with the new Mac Pro that’s around the corner… Turns out this iMac Pro isn’t just a reskinned iMac after all—the Pro’s internal organs are newly configured to give priority to the cooling system, which is totally different from any other iMac we’ve seen. They increased the Pro’s cooling capacity by 80% through the addition of a dual-fan cooler, a ginormous heat sink, and a beefier rear vent. Said expanded cooling system likely benefited from the nixed RAM door and the switch from platter drive to SSD. Now we’ll all have to wait and see if the next iMac follows this design, and what the Mac Pro Apple wanted to make will look like. Cross your fingers for user-upgradeability. iMac Pro Teardown Highlights: The successor to the T1 chip introduced in 2016’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the T2 is tasked...
Apple apologizes, but continues to fight against Right to Repair

Apple apologizes, but continues to fight against Right to Repair

Kudos to Apple for doing the right thing today. They’ve apologized for concealing the performance hit for older batteries, and they’re admitting that batteries are consumable. For a limited time, they’re offering some battery replacements for $29. Good on them. If you’re new to the story, independent benchmarks released last week found that Apple was degrading the performance of phones with older batteries. Our research confirmed this. There are hundreds of millions of iPhones that need new batteries, but Apple’s only got 499 retail stores. Keeping all those iPhones operational is going to take a village — DIYers, independent pro repair shops, and of course Apple’s service centers. We can handle that. In the last week, we’ve seen an incredible 3x increase in people using iFixit to replace their batteries. Installing a new battery has a big impact, and makes your phone feel good as new. Millions of people — most with no prior electronics experience — have learned how to to repair their iPhone. Just this month, 171,221 people have used our iPhone 6 battery install guide. Across all iPhone models, 509,867 people have learned how to replace their battery this month. Don’t want to wait for Apple? We’ve got batteries now. In fact, $29 sounds like a pretty good price. Effective immediately, we’re cutting the prices on all of our DIY battery install kits to $29 or less as well. The kits include all the tools you need to open up and swap your own battery. We also have options for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c — which are excluded from Apple’s new program. When...
It’s Not You, It’s Your Battery—Apple Confirms iOS Update Slows Performance

It’s Not You, It’s Your Battery—Apple Confirms iOS Update Slows Performance

Have you noticed that your iPhone has gotten a little slower lately? Well, you’re not the only one. Recently, a whole lot of iPhone 6 and 7 owners have noticed performance hits after updating the operating system. Apple (along with lots of other phone makers) has long been accused of slowing older phones down via iOS updates as a sly way to get you to upgrade to their newer, faster phone. But those rumors have remained, well, mostly unsubstantiated rumors and accusations. Here’s what makes this latest case a little different. iPhone owners on Reddit noticed that their performance woes seemed to disappear when they replaced the battery. These findings were supported by a Geekbench analysis indicating that an Apple update—designed to prevent phones from random shutdowns—throttled the CPU in iPhone 6, 6s and 7 units, probably as a way to support aging batteries. We wanted to do our own benchmarks to confirm the findings. It didn’t take us long to round up some 2-3 year old iPhones equipped with factory original batteries and iOS 11 for an informal test. We were expecting to see some difference, but the results frankly blew us away. We took five iPhones that consistently benchmarked as low as 40% of Primate Labs’ published performance averages, gave them a battery transplant, and re-ran the benchmarks. And ran them again. And then ran them some more. The result? They not only got that missing 60% back, but they beat the Geekbench aggregate scores in every single test we ran. Some phones saw a consistent performance improvement of over 100%—not just in benchmarks of course, but...