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How Apple makes products difficult -- and expensive -- to repair | ZDNet

How Apple makes products difficult -- and expensive -- to repair | ZDNet | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Gallery: In recent years, Apple has attracted a lot of criticism for making devices that are difficult to repair, and complicated to recycle. Let's take a look at why.

How Apple makes products difficult -- and expensive -- to repair

Apple has essentially come from nowhere to become one of the world's biggest -- and undoubtedly best known -- consumer electronics companies. But the company has attracted a lot of criticism for making devices that are difficult to repair, and complicated to recycle.

One of Apple's most vocal critics is repair specialists iFixit, who have been taking apart and examining products since 2006. The company has disassembled hundreds of products and knows what It is talking about.

So, what does Apple do that makes Apple products hard to repair? Let's take a look.

Thanks to the kind folks over at iFixit for the use of their images.

http://ifixit.com

 

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VisualDiffer on the Mac App Store $5 OS 10.9

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about VisualDiffer. Download VisualDiffer for Mac OS X 10.9 or later and enjoy it on your Mac.
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Roadie Cable Wrap

Learn the proper technique to wrap all your cables to prevent knots and damage. The Roadie Wrap is the professional way to wrap all your cables. Check ou
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Paragon Hard Disk Manager review: Total control of your Mac’s storage devices

Paragon Hard Disk Manager review: Total control of your Mac’s storage devices | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
For when you need more than what Disk Utility offers.
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Cheap Data Recovery! $300-$500 Flat Fees; No Data, No Charge!

Cheap Data Recovery! $300-$500 Flat Fees; No Data, No Charge! | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Lowest Cost Hard Drive & RAID Data Recovery Services in Los Angeles. Fixed Flat Fees. No Data, No Charge! BBB A+; 400+ 5-star Reviews on Yelp/Facebook/More!
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How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra

How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
This new feature in Apple’s latest Mac operating system promises to free up precious storage space.
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This is what Apple should tell you when you lose your iPhone — Hacker Noon

This is what Apple should tell you when you lose your iPhone — Hacker Noon | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Two weeks ago, I was on holiday in Turin, Italy and made a boo boo. I forgot my phone in our rental car for a two hour visit to a local…
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Tech Tip: Installing Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Tech Tip: Installing Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
With a growing number of companies allowing employees to "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device), more and more people are buying Macs. Some of those same companies
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Tune up your two-step Recovery Key

Tune up your two-step Recovery Key | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
An acquaintance recently lost access permanently to his Apple ID, but you can take action to prevent that.
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How to see every Mac, iPad, and iPhone associated with your Apple ID

How to see every Mac, iPad, and iPhone associated with your Apple ID | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

If you choose Account > View my Account in iTunes, iTunes will tell you how many Computer Authorizations you have.

“iTunes in the Cloud” is a weird phrase, one of the many perplexing phrases you’ll find in the complex back corridors of iCloud.Just click the Manage Devices button and you’ll be presented with a list.

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Help with iCloud Account w/o Password

If you can't receive the password recovery email on the iForgot page, there is also the option to answer security questions. If those don't work for you either, yes, you have to call Apple and answer their questions, but they will unlock the account for you. They normally make you wait a day or two, probably to prevent fraud.
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Password Cracking - Computerphile

'Beast' cracks billions of passwords a second, Dr Mike Pound demonstrates why you should probably change your passwords... Please note,at one point durin
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How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive

How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Instructions for making an external drive that you can use to install macOS Sierra.
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Singlemizer | Minimalist Duplicate Files Finder for OS X. Yet With Features

Singlemizer | Minimalist Duplicate Files Finder for OS X. Yet With Features | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
The idea to organize data as files appeared simultaneously with the first computers. Those “monsters” were so big, they required dedicated rooms. During the decades of evolution computers went through the stages of primitivity and unmanageable complexity, until we've got today's Macs. One thing, nevertheless, remains the same — files. Truth be told, few people succeed in their management. Bring order to file chaos on your Mac today, use Singlemizer to remove unnecessary file duplicates.
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A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 Pluses

A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 Pluses | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Jessa can fix practically anything. But these days, she spends most of her time fixing just one thing. Because every single month, more and more iPhone 6 and (especially) 6 Plus devices show up at her shop, iPad Rehab, with the same problem: a gray, flickering bar at the top of the display and an unresponsive touchscreen.
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PCVARK plays dirty

PCVARK plays dirty | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
We very quickly found ourselves in a deep rabbit-hole of Mac crapware when researching a major developer of Mac PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), PCVARK.
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HD -> SSD migration procedures (and FileVault)

HD -> SSD migration procedures (and FileVault) | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
There are many different replies to this simple question. Here is what I would do, along with justifications:

Procedure:
1. Get your system ready to be cloned. Deauthorize / Deactivate software. Put everything in a known good state. If you have email that downloads to your local disk (and deletes from the server), disable access to the Internet - unplug the ethernet and turn off WiFi, or just power down your router.
2. Install OS X on your external SSD. Do a minimum installation, but make sure that the OS X version matches the version on your internal hard disk drive. (e.g., Mavericks -> Mavericks)
3. Disable the "Create an archive of Apple's recovery HD Volume" preference in Carbon Copy Cloner, then use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the internal HDD to the external SSD.
4. Boot from the external SSD and check a few files to verify that they are intact.
5. Exchange the HDD and SSD between internal to external mounting.
6. Boot the external HDD and check a few files to confirm that your original data (which is now the backup) is accessible and intact. Shut down the Mac.
7. Unplug the external (now the backup!) drive from the Mac.
8. Boot the internal SSD drive and set it to be the startup drive.
9. Enable FileVault on the internal SSD drive. This may take some time, but you can use the Mac while FileVault runs.
10. Authorize, activate your software. Reconnect the internet. Enjoy your newfound disk speed!
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12 maximum security tricks to keep your Mac safe

12 maximum security tricks to keep your Mac safe | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Mac security is important, but often overlooked. It's time to start taking the safety and security of your Mac seriously, with our tricks to lock down just about everything. Here are 12 maximum security tips for Mac
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How to See Your iPhone’s Precise Signal Strength

How to See Your iPhone’s Precise Signal Strength | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Frustrated by the imprecise signal strength dots on your iPhone? Josh Centers stumbled upon a secret code that will reveal your exact signal strength.
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The mysterious methods to uninstalling Mac apps

The mysterious methods to uninstalling Mac apps | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When you want to get rid of an app, it's harder than it should be to make sure everything the app installed is gone.
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How to avoid credit-card fraud, from someone thrice burned

How to avoid credit-card fraud, from someone thrice burned | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
I, for one, welcome our Apple Pay and chipped overlords.
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How to configure a software RAID in macOS Sierra’s Disk Utility

How to configure a software RAID in macOS Sierra’s Disk Utility | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
The ability to set up a software RAID has returned to Apple's utility.
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Mac Overheating | Slowdown when it's hot

What I'm curious about is: when this happens and the battery doesn't charge, the computer slows to a crawl, just like a hard drive with a bad blocks failure, including frequent SPODs. Checking logs, SMART, and Activity Monitor doesn't reveal any problem. Searching the system log for "temp", "hot", and "heat" yields nothing. Booting to an external diagnostic drive is only slightly better. But shut down and allowed to cool off for a while, it's back to normal, which is why I think this is temperature-related.

What exactly is going on to make it slow down? When I'm not careful to keep my iPhone out of the sun, it will tell me it's too hot to function. Will a computer ever do the same, or will it just valiantly soldier on to the best of its ability?
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iOS Device Ransom Attacks Continue to Target Users in U.S. and Europe

iOS Device Ransom Attacks Continue to Target Users in U.S. and Europe | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
A few years ago, a number of users in Australia were victimized by attackers remotely locking iPhones, iPads, and Macs using Find My iPhon
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How to Control Another Mac on a Network with Screen Sharing

How to Control Another Mac on a Network with Screen Sharing | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
One of the more useful things you can do as a Mac expert is to help others in your company or home who need assistance. There are a lot of third-party apps and
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