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A Fixer Makes It Work

A Fixer Makes It Work

Anyone who’s picked up a tool with the intent of fixing something can tell you: Repairs don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes, there isn’t exactly a plan to begin with. Sometimes, the path forward isn’t clear. And sometimes, when things don’t seem to be working out, it’s smartest to put down your tools and step away for awhile—returning later with a bit more perspective and a renewed sense of purpose.

The same can be said for tackling life goals, like graduating from college. Just ask Ryan Butler. Today, he’s getting his diploma from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Ryan’s the first to admit that his path to a diploma wasn’t exactly traditional. There were some detours along the way. But—like any determined fixer—he returned again and again until he made it work. Now, with degree in hand, he’s got indelible proof of his persistence.

Ryan was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida—just a stone’s throw away from Tampa. He graduated high school in 2002 and tried college twice, but it didn’t quite fit. Instead, Ryan threw himself into work and eventually volunteered to serve in the US Army.

“One of my big reasons for enlisting was free college,” Ryan told me, “but after joining … I realized that I enjoyed being a part of something bigger.”

While in the Army, he served in the Military Police Corps. Ryan was on active duty for five years, including a tour to Iraq. His military experience, especially protecting others and serving the country, are a point of pride for Ryan. He signs off every email with “US Army Veteran.”

After his honorable discharge, Ryan took some time to think things over: “I returned back to Lakeland to find my next path.” That was in 2013, and the time finally seemed right. Ryan once again set his sights on a college degree. With the help of the GI Bill, he enrolled at the University of South Florida.

That’s where he first encountered iFixit.

Ryan took a technical writing course with Professor Brittany Cagle. USF is one of nearly 60 universities that have partnered with iFixit to provide students hands-on practice creating repair documentation for a global audience. While participating in iFixit’s Technical Writing Project, Ryan gained experience as a project manager, keeping his team on track as they wrote repair guides for the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1. Nearly two years later, his team’s impact continues to extend far beyond the walls of their classroom. Their battery replacement guide alone has been used almost 7,000 times—and it’s even been translated into Japanese.

iFixit at USF

It turns out that Ryan got bit hard by the fixing bug in Professor Cagle’s class. He organized a club on campus, volunteering with students across disciplines to fix stuff and document their repairs to help others do the same. The club is called “iFixit@USF” and all of us here in the San Luis Obispo office were tickled when we caught wind of what they were up to.

What’s the motivation behind the club? According to Ryan, helping the environment is a big part of it. Club members are interested in “slowing down the waste of items that are thrown away because there are no repair guides out there.” Helping each other hone technical writing skills outside of a formal class setting is another big part of it.

Also, it’s just plain fun. “I enjoyed taking something apart for the first time in my college career,” explains Ryan, “and wanted to continue doing so.” For him, it’s not so much about the thing itself; it’s about the feeling that comes along with a successful fix. “It’s kind of a high to look back and say, ‘I got that to work!’”

When it comes to his toolbox, Ryan eschews the flashy in favor of the basics. His favorite tools are “a multi-tool, that has a knife and pliers on them, and a multi-purpose screwdriver” with interchangeable bits.

As for his proudest repair? That’s easy. It’s the one that set him down the fixer path: “The first one I did for iFixit. The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1.”

Ryan Butler is a proud veteran. He’s an inveterate fixer. And now he’s a bona fide college graduate. From all of us at iFixit, we congratulate him on attaining his degree, and we wish him all the best on whatever path he chooses to take next.

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We’ve Got Your iPhone 8 Teardown Wallpapers

We’ve Got Your iPhone 8 Teardown Wallpapers

iPhone 8 owners, don’t despair! The iPhone X may have stolen the limelight, but your phones are still really cool—inside and out. (Check out the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus teardowns to see for yourself.) Now I know what you’re thinking: “I want to see that lovely hardware all day, but I also want to use my phone.”

Worry no more—we’ve solved your dilemma with internals wallpaper!

We have two levels of X-ray vision for you today: a skin-deep view of the internals—as if the screen were see-through—and an honest-to-goodness X-ray vision edition of the whole phone seen via X-rays (thanks, Creative Electron). We’ve got sets for both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. And at no extra cost—we’re doubling your order! We’re serving both cropped and uncropped wallpapers for your personal Perspective-sizing Preferences. You don’t even have to call within some arbitrary time period! Because it’s all free.

Here’s how to redeem your offer:

Go to this blog post on your phone. Find the image you want as your wallpaper, click on the photo for the full resolution, and save the image to your phone. The easiest way to equip it is to go to Settings>Wallpaper>Choose New Wallpaper—the newly saved internals wallpaper should top out your list. Select it and set it.

You can use either the Still or Perspective modes, whatever suits you—both the cropped and uncropped images will work for either.

Click a photo below for the full resolution image.

iPhone 8 wallpaper:

iPhone 8 internals wallpaper. Click photo for full resolution image.

iPhone 8 wallpaper (uncropped):

iPhone 8 wallpaper (uncropped)

Uncropped iPhone 8 internals wallpaper. Click photo for full resolution image.

iPhone 8 X-ray wallpaper:

iPhone 8 X-ray wallpaper

iPhone 8 X-ray wallpaper. Click photo for full resolution image.

iPhone 8 X-ray wallpaper (uncropped):

Uncropped iPhone 8 X-ray wallpaper

Uncropped iPhone 8 X-ray wallpaper. Click photo for full resolution image.

iPhone 8 Plus wallpaper:

iPhone 8 Plus internals wallpaper

iPhone 8 Plus internals wallpaper. Click photo for full resolution image.

iPhone 8 Plus wallpaper (uncropped):

Uncropped iPhone 8 Plus internals wallpaper

Uncropped iPhone 8 Plus internals wallpaper. Click photo for full resolution image.

iPhone 8 Plus X-ray wallpaper:

iPhone 8 Plus X-ray wallpaper

iPhone 8 Plus X-ray wallpaper. Click photo for full resolution image.

iPhone 8 Plus X-ray wallpaper (uncropped):

iPhone 8 Plus X-ray wallpaper

Uncropped iPhone 8 Plus X-ray wallpaper. Click photo for full resolution image.

Once again, credit due to Creative Electron for those electrifying X-ray shots.

Other wallpapers

For the rest of you iPhone users, we’ve got iPhone X, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the 5s/5c and iPhone 5 available for wallpapering. Or just browse our entire collection of internals wallpapers.

And while you set up your sweet new wallpapers, why not check out a full tour of those very same internals by watching our iPhone 8 teardown videos

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Feast Your Eyes on the Xbox One X Teardown

Feast Your Eyes on the Xbox One X Teardown

Microsoft is calling their new Xbox One X “the world’s most powerful console,” promising smoother gameplay, bigger worlds, and more details than ever before. And with an understated all-black case, the One X sets a strikingly different tone from the Xbox One S we tore down back in August of 2016. But, as you know, for us—it’s what’s inside the box that counts. So we performed a video teardown of the Xbox One X.

They may be different on the outside, but the Xbox One X clearly shows a family resemblance to the One S when it comes to construction. Like the S, the One X is extremely easy to disassemble. In fact, it only uses two types of screws throughout, has labeled, modular components, and (once you get past a few clips) the external case slides right off. Easy-peasy.

Once inside, we spied the One X’s 1TB Seagate Drive, the upgraded 245-watt power supply, the Scorpio Engine SoC, and the Vapor Chamber Heat Sink—among other things. We also spotted a familiar face helmet: Master Chief! It appears Microsoft continued the tradition of including Master Chief inside the console as a little Easter Egg for hardware explorers like us. In the Xbox One S, we found him striding across an optical disc drive bracket. Here, Master Chief is galloping across the circuit board astride a scorpion.

We forgot to include Master Chief in the video teardown, so here’s a quick shot of him.

The Verge explains: “The image is [a] nice homage both to the character that helped propel the Xbox to success and to the One X’s code name, Project Scorpio. It’s also a nice play on words, since the tanks that Master Chief occasionally rides in Halo are known as Scorpions.”

But don’t take Master Chief’s presence inside the One X as an invitation to disassemble your new console. We had to pull a tamper-resistant sticker off one of the screws on the rear case. If you venture inside your console, Microsoft might use that as a reason to void your warranty. More sad news: XBox One X hard drive replacements still require some tricky formatting. Otherwise, the Xbox One X remains mostly modular and accessible—so it earns an 8/10 on our repairability scale.

Show Off the Inside of Your iPhone X with These Wallpapers

Show Off the Inside of Your iPhone X with These Wallpapers

We’ve just finished up with our iPhone X teardown (and what a teardown it was)—which means there’s only one item left on our teardown check-list: iPhone X wallpapers.

Every year, we cap off our teardown extravaganza by releasing wallpapers that show off the sweet internals of your iPhone. Apple spent too much effort on the iPhone X’s hardware to cover it up with glass that you can’t even see through. If you’re not interested in peeling up the OLED screen with a Suction Handle, like we do, then a wallpaper of your iPhone X internals is the next-best, less-destructive thing.

With these sweet wallpapers, you can basically pretend you’re looking straight through the screen and into the heart of your phone—like you have X-ray vision. And speaking of X-rays—this year, we’ve two internals options for you: a gorgeous, high-resolution image and an X-ray image of your iPhone X insides. By the way, the edge-to-edge display makes this set of wallpapers especially slick.

Here’s how you get yours:

For best results, navigate to this blog post on your phone. Find the image you want as your wallpaper and click on the photo for the full resolution. Then, save the image onto 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” both work, but I like “Still” a little more.

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iPhone X wallpaper:

Click photo for full resolution image: (1125 x 2432)

iPhone X … X-ray wallpaper:

iPhone X X-ray wallpaper

Click photo for full resolution image: (1125 x 2432)

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Teardown: Inside the iPhone X

Teardown: Inside the iPhone X

This is the iPhone that Steve Jobs imagined. He ran out of time to build it, but he built the team that eventually did. We beat the lines in the United States and traveled to Australia to take apart an iPhone X in the future and find out how his vision was finally brought to life.

The iPhone X opens from the side just like the 7 and 8—but inside, it’s a whole new ball game. When it comes to hardware, this is the most densely-packed gadget we’ve ever taken apart. Thanks to drastically shrinking the bezels, the iPhone X sports the largest display of any iPhone—in a smaller form factor than the “Plus” devices. That super-sized display needs a super-sized battery, and there wasn’t room with the iPhone’s traditional layout. The solution? An unprecedented degree of miniaturization of the main board. Apple effectively folded the logic board in half—and soldered the layers together—to free up valuable real estate for the Plus-sized battery. In its compact and stacked form, the iPhone X logic board takes up about 70% of the area of the iPhone 8 Plus board. Separated and spread out, the X’s board is actually 35% bigger than the one in the 8 Plus—which leaves plenty of room for new goodies, like hardware to power FaceID.

The closest thing we’ve seen to the iPhone X’s stacked logic board is the one we found tearing down the original iPhone. Of course, the new phone’s case—with its metal frame and subtle curves—also pays homage to the original. Ten years of iPhone, one design team. Even after a decade of iteration and innovation, Apple has built a device that evokes the spirit of its greatest visionary.

iPhone X Teardown Highlights:

  • For the first time in iPhone history, Apple packed in a 2-cell battery that allowed them to get creative with the shapes and placement in a space-constrained phone. It weighs in at 10.35 Wh, which is on par with the iPhone 8 Plus battery, but shy of the Galaxy Note8’s 12.71 Wh behemoth. Pretty impressive for a phone smaller than any of the aforementioned.
  • Just like we saw on the iPhone 8, Apple banished all regulatory markings from the back of the iPhone X—including the e-waste symbol. We did a little sleuthing, and that featureless backplane is possible due to the E-LABEL Act, which allows manufacturers to display those labels on the screen instead.
  • The dual rear camera has a beefy bracket that looks like it might also offer some Bendgate-proofing support. The cameras are additionally secured to the rear case with foam adhesive to keep things from jostling out of place. (These cameras really need to stay put for Portrait Mode and similar features to work their magic.)
  • With Apple’s embrace of the OLED display, repair costs for this luxury phone are likely to start high and stay there for a while. So don’t drop this thing.
  • Despite its name, the iPhone X earns a 6 out of 10 on the repairability scale. Like the 8 series, it makes battery and display replacements a priority—but it loses points for its lack of modularity and back glass replacement procedure.

Check out the full iPhone X teardown on iFixit.com for even more analysis.