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iFixit got their hands on the iPad Air and did their thing with it; taking it apart to see just how difficult it would be for the user to repair. The iPads have always been difficult to take apart, and the iPad Air is no exception. Check out their video review to hear just how problematic it is to take this thing apart.

source: iFixit

This Week at 148Apps: March 13-20

This week, March 13-20, 148Apps awarded the Editor’s Choice badge (along with 4.5 stars a piece) to two music apps: IK Multimedia’s Amplitube Fender and Apple’s Garageband. Editor Rob LeFebvre, who reviewed the Amplitube Fender application along with its hardware counterpart – the iRig – commented: “it’s so easy to configure and use that I’m planning on using it on stage in the near future.” Rob’s been playing guitar for over twenty years.

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Released: 2011-02-17 :: Category: Music

Garageband was the other application to rock the boat, setting the bar for portable music creation. “Ever since the iPad’s introduction people have wondered why GarageBand (or any of the other iLife software for that matter) wasn’t available,” writes Timothy Smith in his in-depth review, noting the third-party counterparts that have attempted to fill the gap – but not like the way Garageband has finally done. “Apple did a great job making their portable version of GarageBand accessible for beginners, but feature rich enough for real musicians. It isn’t going to replace a real studio set-up, but it’s definitely more than a novelty. Their price point is really competitive too.”

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Released: 2011-03-10 :: Category: Music

In other news, a subtle update found in iOS 4.3 reveals a change in the way Apple handles in-app purchases. Bonnie Eisenman reports: “One complaint that has been consistently leveled against in-app purchases is that it’s easy to accidentally make a purchase in real-world money by accident … In response to such complaints, Apple has changed its handling of in-app purchases in iOS version 4.3. Now, a password will also be required to make an in-app purchase, though for fifteen minutes after entering your password that time you’ll be able to make multiple purchases.” For the most part, this should stop any unexpected in-app purchases by your friends or relatives.

On the hardware front, iFixit stripped the iPad 2, revealing a number of interesting points along the way that may lead you to rethink how careful you are with your new device. “Once the team were able to remove the glass, it was noted that both the LCD and glass thickness were smaller in comparison to iPad 1″ writes Kyle Flanigan. “Whilst this does provide a number of advantages, notably the reduced thickness and weight of the device, it may reduce its overall durability.” On the plus side, the team were able to confirm that the iPad 2 does indeed contain 512MB RAM – double that of its little brother, iPad 1.

Finally, Chanelle Joy Duxbury commented earlier this week on a report that allows for iMovie, which received a universal update, to be installed on the original iPad. I tested the method personally – and it works flawlessly. Now even the first generation iPad adopters can enjoy its big brother’s applications!

And, in case you missed it: Episode 76 of The Portable Podcast, in which Carter does his magic mojo with a developer or gamer or both!

That’s all for this week – check back the same time next for a round-up of all the latest happenings. Don’t be afraid to check out our Price Drop List or our Top 148Apps List, as well – they are CHOCK full of vital info!

iFixit Teardown of the iPad 2

The iPad 2 is thinner (by 0.16”), lighter (by 130g) and smaller (by 0.03m H and 0.04m W) in comparison to its first generation counterpart. Along with that comes an all new, custom-designed Apple A5 dual-core processor churning out 1GHz of power, the inclusion of two cameras and a three-axis gyroscope. Screen and battery life remain identical. So when iFixit took on the challenge of tearing down the iPad 2, what else was there to be found? Let’s find out.

“Prior to starting the teardown, we guessed that the glass front panel was no longer held in place by tabs. We were correct. The new tapered edge on the iPad 2 prevents any kind of tabs from being used; instead, Apple engineers used generous helpings of adhesive to keep the front glass in place” writes Miroslav Djuric, Director of Technical Communication at iFixit. “Consequently,” he warns, “the front panel is very difficult to remove – it’s nearly impossible to open the iPad 2 without shattering the glass.” In terms of screen replacement, the iPad 1’s tab-equipped assembly made it a whole lot easier for a self-repair job. It looks like the same job on an iPad 2 is now a near impossibility.

Once the team were able to remove the glass, it was noted that both the LCD and glass thickness were smaller in comparison to iPad 1. Whilst this does provide a number of advantages, notably the reduced thickness and weight of the device, it may reduce its overall durability. “We’ll see in due time if the percentage of folks with broken iPad 2 front glass is dramatically different than that of the original iPad” writes Miroslav.

What wasn’t mentioned in the keynote address – or in the current technical specifications page of iPad 2 – is that the device contains 512MB of RAM, double the amount of iPad 1. This should do wonders when it comes to more powerful applications like iMovie and Garageband, the latter of which frequently leaves you waiting as it “optimizes performance” on iPad 1.

Overall, iPad 2 is as different underneath as it is on the surface: subtle differences, significant changes. Here’s a teardown video, along with select screenshots, for your enjoyment:

130g lightness refers to iPad 1 3G (80g if referring to iPad 1 Wi-Fi). Dimensions and weight courtesy of Wikipedia.

Fix Your Stuff With iFixit

So you’ve finally got that iPhone 4 that you’ve been wanting since launch day, and like so many iPhones out there, it’s now broken. Sure, you could go to the Apple Store like the rest of the suckers out there and pay a ton of money for a new screen, or you could be a burly man and fix it yourself (note: opening up the iPhone voids the warranty, so future repairs/issues are all on you) (note 2: if the repair backfires, I’ll still think you are awesome). Like most electronic repairs, installing the replacement screen isn’t all that complicated, but without a solid repair manual you might as well be trying to fix the Hubble telescope.

Fortunately for you there is an app for that (which you’d have to use on your unbroken iPad) called iFixit. The app comes with thousands of step by step guides for all sorts of things with parts, from cars to Macbook Pro’s to your poor iPhone screen. The guides all include high resolution photos, color coated bullets, and an easy to follow, step by step instruction list. Best of all, the app is completely free to use and is funded by the iFixit part store which offers the parts needed for all your repair projects.

Again, fixing most electronic equipment completely voids your warranty and leaves you completely open to dirty looks at your local Genius Bar, but it’ll make you feel really really good about yourself. If anything, you could quickly and easily become one of those guys on eBay that buys broken units and fixes them up like new. Discount electronics are awesome electronics, and that is the truth.

Happy fixing y’all! I think I’m going to go find myself a new (broken) computer to fix up with iFixit.

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Released: 2010-12-23 :: Category: Reference

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