How iFixit Became the World’s Best iPhone Teardown Team



The most important thing that happens when a new iPhone comes out is not the release of the phone, but the disassembly of it. The iPhone teardown, undertaken by third-party teams around the world, provides a roadmap for the life of the iPhone X: Is it repairable? Who made the components inside it? The answers to these questions shift stock markets, electronics design, and consumer experience.

Every year there’s a race to become the first to tear down the phone, with teams from around the world flying to Australia—where it’s first released—to compete to be the first to look inside the world’s most coveted new phone. Motherboard embedded with iFixit, a California-based company whose primary mission is to make it easier for the average person to disassemble and repair their electronics, for its iPhone X teardown.

We went inside iFixit’s office, the “headquarters of the global repair movement, which features a tool laboratory and a parts library with thousands of electronics parts and disassembly tools. Then we went to Sydney, Australia, as iFixit tried to become the first team to tear down the iPhone X.

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34 Replies to “How iFixit Became the World’s Best iPhone Teardown Team”

  1. Electro Fan

    Dude I have been fixing since I was 10. My father use to own Sarge's Repair in Niceville, Florida. It's not that complicated to fix and repair phones. My first phone was a Slider phone. Mu first smart phone was android and my first iPhone I did was the Iphone 4.

  2. sachin kumar

    Thanks to ifixit for fixing my macbook pro because of ifixit i am able to fix my laptop keep it up geniealy you guys are working good work and thanks for saving 1000 dollars grand for my laptop repair

  3. Ronald C Krause Jr

    Too bad they could not show the process in getting one of those first devices off of the retail line.

    I used to make a living off of doing just that, If I wasn't first in line, I would pay someone else to be a stand in for me, or even buy my way to the front. Once purchasing the device, I would then sell it and make over one thousand per device. Easy five hundred dollars in profit for one day, just per device.

    Other electronic manufacturers allow one individual to buy more than one item at a time; sometimes limiting it to five, sometimes no limit. I've cleared just a fraction of under eight thousand in one single day.

    Part time hours; and a very comfortable full time income.

  4. Paul Denton

    "most thought out and carefully designed product in the history of the world" 11:08 Quite a statement for something that will be next to useless in 1 to 2 years. iPhones are phones and Apple is a business that only cares about your wallet. I think a lot of people forget that. But nice job on the teardown

  5. GL HF

    If that excludes a very popular(almost meme-famous) teardown and analysis channel in China, then probably yes. They both do a fantastic job, tho.

  6. Art Kas

    As a smartphone repair shop owner myself, I respect iFixit and the entire team tremendously! This video was amazing. Thank you Motherboard for giving us the in-depth effort of what iFixit goes through to provide the public with the information that Apple and other billion dollar companies are trying to prevent the public to see.

  7. Corn Chowder

    So I can't understand the logic of a overpriced tech company that makes their product specifically EASY TO BREAK, HARD TO REPAIR, DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED to BREAK (EASILY) and makes customer's life extremely difficult where third party REPAIR COMPANY shows up to repair these outdated and useless phones since iphone 4-5 where steve died? can someone help me make some sense here

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