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Surface Pro 3 teardown reveals fragile glass, redesigned interior

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a solid step up from the original Pro, but this sleek laptop replacement is still very difficult to repair.

By June 30, 2014


Can an ordinary Joe replace a busted iPhone screen?

The DIY route costs significantly less than hiring a pro. But how hard is it really? And was this intrepid reporter successful?

By May 14, 2014


Most annoying Cracking Open teardowns of 2013

Some gadgets are easy to fix. Others are real repair nightmares. Bill Detwiler counts down his top five most annoying teardowns of 2013.

By December 20, 2013


MacBook Pro Retina 2013 teardown: Tough fix, good parts

The new 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina models have a lot going for them, but repairability isn't one of them.

By October 24, 2013


iPhone 5C teardown reveals upgrades and design changes

Bill Detwiler cracks open the iPhone 5C and shows you the upgrades and design changes that make it more than just an iPhone 5 with a plastic case.

By October 3, 2013


iPhone 5S teardown reveals subtle internal design changes

Bill Detwiler shows you how to crack open the iPhone 5S and gives you a tour of the phone's internal hardware.

By September 25, 2013


MacBook Air 2013 teardown reveals hardware upgrades, no design changes

Bill Detwiler cracks open the 2013 MacBook Air and shows you how Apple improved the machine's performance and nearly doubled the battery life.

By August 8, 2013


Top five Cracking Open teardowns of 2012

TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler counts down his favorite Cracking Open teardowns of 2012. They include the mediocre Lumia 900, a $7,000 PC, and a difficult-to-repair MacBook Pro.

By December 18, 2012


iPhone 5 teardown: Redesigned case and interior simplify repairs

Bill Detwiler cracks open the iPhone 5 and shows you how the redesigned case and interior hardware layout make the device easier to disassemble and repair.

By September 26, 2012


iPhone 5 gets the teardown treatment

The iPhone 5 represents one of the biggest changes to the look and size of the iPhone yet. But what about its innards? A teardown is under way.

By September 20, 2012