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Every two weeks, iFixit staff writers and DIYers Craig Lloyd, Kevin Purdy, and Whitson Gordon discuss the latest in the world of repair. They also talk about the stuff they're fixing and answer your burning repair questions.

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AirPods Pro, Restorations Gone Wrong, and Our Favorite Screw Heads | Episode 17
On this episode of Repair Radio, we discuss our Surface Pro X and AirPods Pro teardowns. We also chat about the stuff we’ve been fixing this week and answer some frequently asked questions.Hosts: Craig Lloyd, Kevin Purdy, and Whitson GordonSpecial Guest: Taylor DixonMusic: Gypsy (@ArchaicsHipHop)News TopicsMicrosoft Surface Pro X TeardownAirPods Pro TeardownThe AirPods Pro Could Be Repairable, But Apple Doesn’t CareListener QuestionsThis week, we’re taking things old school and going back through our Reddit AMA that we recently hosted. We thought it would be a good idea to revisit it and answer some of the frequently-asked questions we get.What is the most common issue you come across besides things like cracked screens and battery replacements?As an independent repair store owner, what can we do to help the right to repair movement?iPhone screen replacements you have on stock, are these original apple displays? or very good quality 3rd party displays?What's your favorite screw head?Have a Question You Want Answered on Repair Radio?You can email your repair questions to repairradio@ifixit.com, or tag us on Twitter and include the hashtag #RepairRadio in your tweet. Your question can be anything repair-related, whether it’s how to fix something, tools you should buy, maintenance advice, or anything in between. We’ll pick some of our favorite questions and answer them on the podcast! And if you have general feedback about the podcast, we’d love to hear that as well!Other Links MentionedKevin’s Twitter Thread about ChromebooksDAKboardWhy Samsung and iPhone X Screens Are Too Expensive to Fix
Our Scariest Repair Moments, Surface Laptop 3 and Pixel 4 Teardowns | Episode 16
On this episode of Repair Radio, we tell our scariest repair stories in celebration of Halloween, and iFixit teardown engineer Taylor Dixon makes another appearance to talk about our Surface Laptop 3 and Pixel 4 XL teardowns.Hosts: Craig Lloyd, Kevin Purdy, and Whitson GordonSpecial Guest: Taylor DixonMusic: Gypsy (@ArchaicsHipHop), Biz Baz StudioNews TopicsThe Battle of Boston: Manufacturers War With Fixers at Repair Bill Hearing: Jacquilyn Gonzalez-Johnson’s family has broken two iPhone XRs in the last three months. But even though her husband runs a professional repair shop, she had to drive two hours, without phone service, to the nearest Apple Store that could fit her in. Gonzalez-Johnson spoke at Monday’s hearing on a Right to Repair bill in Massachusetts. Her story was the one that, if you don’t have 3 hours for all the hearing’s testimony, you should hear.Here’s the Secret Repair Tool Apple Won’t Let You Have: No mere mortal, lacking Apple’s stamp of approval, can completely fix the company’s products. You can do a lot, but in the newest iPhones, you can’t restore Touch ID, install a new battery, or replace a screen without a warning. Trying to replace core Mac parts can trigger a lock-out. No sacrifices or incantations can overcome this.Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Teardown: Surface Laptop teardowns have historically been a painful business—but with the Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft hinted that something is very different. Is it a good idea to try this again? We say put away your tools and let the professionals try this one first. Oh wait, that’s us.Google Pixel 4 XL Teardown: This year’s Pixel phones were leaked into oblivion, so when the keynote finally came, the internet gave a collective shrug. But you know what wasn’t leaked? The insides! And there’s only one way to get to get to those—with a teardown!Listener QuestionsJohn K. on Twitter asks: “Is contact cleaning a thing still? Recommendations?”It is a thing! Dirty contacts aren’t as much of a problem in newer phones, but in general, making sure not to get finger oils on contact surfaces is a good idea. If you need to use a contact cleaner, a bit of isopropyl alcohol goes a long way.“PH000” asks in an email: “What is the chip under the display in the iPhone 11 Pro that you showed in the live teardown?"That is a Samsung display power management integrated circuit. We’ve updated our teardown with that information!Have a Question You Want Answered on Repair Radio?You can email your repair questions to repairradio@ifixit.com, or tag us on Twitter and include the hashtag #RepairRadio in your tweet. Your question can be anything repair-related, whether it’s how to fix something, tools you should buy, maintenance advice, or anything in between. We’ll pick some of our favorite questions and answer them on the podcast! And if you have general feedback about the podcast, we’d love to hear that as well!
Galaxy Fold, Apple’s U1 Chip, and Making Louvers | Episode 15
Hosts: Craig Lloyd, Kevin Purdy, and Whitson GordonSpecial Guest: Taylor DixonMusic: Gypsy (@ArchaicsHipHop)News TopicsMicrosoft Announces a Repairable Surface Laptop, and Boy Are We Excited: Microsoft has announced its most revolutionary laptop yet: a Surface that doesn’t require a service contract to use.Confirmed: Apple Developed Exclusive Tech for the U1 Ultra Wideband Radio: Since the iPhone 11 announcement, theories have abounded that Apple’s new U1 wireless chip is actually a Decawave Ultra Wideband DW1000. But a teardown of both Decawave and Apple’s U1 chip by TechInsights confirms that Apple developed their own technology. But what is the U1 chip, and what capabilities does it give Apple?Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown: After Samsung tried to make our initial teardown disappear from the internet five months ago, we’re back with a teardown of the final, really-for-real this time retail Galaxy Fold. This model incorporates Samsung’s late-breaking hardware revisions for improved durability—but is it enough, or is the design fatally flawed? Join us for Galaxy Fold Teardown, Part Two: The Re-UnfoldeningListener QuestionsSince Taylor joined us to talk about our Galaxy Fold teardown, we decided it would be a good time to answer some questions specifically about the device.Super_mat2019 asked: “How could they make it waterproof?”Koffy_boachie asked: “Would you separate where it folds”?Zaksltan asked: “Can the entire display fold or just the middle?”Keroro_hanabi asked: “After disassembly, do you feel they made the phone for long-term use or short-term use.”Quantum.snow asked: “Does yours still work after the teardown?”Caprianmihai asked: “Is it possible to get dust out of the hinge?”Lucas0485839 asked: “What is inside the notch?”Al_melix asked: “How much would it cost to replace the broken glass?”Have a Question You Want Answered on Repair Radio?You can email your repair questions to repairradio@ifixit.com, or tag us on Twitter and include the hashtag #RepairRadio in your tweet. Your question can be anything repair-related, whether it’s how to fix something, tools you should buy, maintenance advice, or anything in between. We’ll pick some of our favorite questions and answer them on the podcast! And if you have general feedback about the podcast, we’d love to hear that as well!Other Links MentionedPanasonic’s New Toughbook 55Alcantara fabric on Microsoft Surface PCs: Everything you need to know | Windows Central
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Started
Jan 31st, 2019
Latest Episode
Oct 30th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
17
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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