iFixit regularly dissections the latest Apple gadgets, but this time the repair site pitted its tools against other tools by taking apart Apple’s new iPhone self-service repair kit (via I more† The process of taking apart Apple’s repair tools has been documented and posted on iFixit’s YouTube channel. inside look at the display press, battery press, and heated display removal devices.
The video starts by disassembling the display press, which has a really smooth-acting handle that the iFixit host loved the most, describing it as a “swan that flies up every time it slides.” The handle is smooth because it uses ball bearings that move like a conveyor belt on a revolving track as the press moves up and down. It also includes an easily removable AA-size lithium battery held in a C-size shell, which powers a small control panel that activates the countdown timer display.
The display press has a mosaic-pattern rubber frame that presses on the phone to seal a new waterproof adhesive. Each part of the frame has different resilience, but the strongest force is reserved for the corners.
The video teardown of the tools was performed on the one iFixit purchased and cost about $587.35 for the three tools based on the prices listed on Apple’s Self Service site. You don’t need to purchase all of these tools as Apple will send them to you as a rental kit for $49, but there is a catch.
The edgeSean Hollister tested the kit herself and discovered how difficult Apple makes it for people who want to do a simple repair themselves. In addition to the $49 and $69 rental fee for the new battery (the same amount you’d pay at an Apple Store), Apple also demanded a $1,200 down payment to ensure that the £79 worth of repair tools in Pelican cases that it carries. will be returned to the company unharmed.
The setup seems astonishingly over-engineered but also very well designed – although the other press for the battery was less impressive and “boring”, according to the iFixit host. They described the battery press as a “polished lawsuit prevention system,” referring to its primary function of reducing the chances of the user puncturing a battery and causing a battery fire. But all it does is press a silicone roller onto the battery with a precise amount of force, just enough to adhere to the new battery.
The third tool is the Heated Display Removal Fixture, the most complex of the three tools in the video. The iFixit host describes it as “janky” based on its appearance and because it comes with an unmatched white power cord — the same angled one that came with 2012 and newer Intel iMacs. This tool comes with a “hot pocket” which is basically a metal frame specially adapted to the iPhone you are about to open. When you press the hot bag into the heated screen removal tool, it activates a switch that allows it to start heating, but only if it detects that it actually has a phone installed. The host also felt that the LCD on the front is technically a touchscreen, but not used that way at all.