iFixit

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iFixit
TypePrivately held company
Founded2003; 19 years ago (2003)
HeadquartersSan Luis Obispo, California, U.S.
Key people
Kyle Wiens,[1] CEO
Luke Soules, CXO
Websiteifixit.com
IFixit
Users1,200,000[2]
Content license
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA[3]
The Apple iBook G3, which founder Kyle Wiens was searching a repair manual for.

iFixit (/ˈfɪksɪt/ eye-FIX-it[4]) is an American e-commerce and how-to website that sells repair parts and publishes free wiki-like online repair guides for consumer electronics and gadgets. The company also performs product tear-downs of consumer devices. It is a private company in San Luis Obispo, California founded in 2003, spurred by Kyle Wiens[5] not being able to locate an Apple iBook G3 repair manual[6] while the company's founders[7] were attending Cal Poly.

Business model[edit]

An iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit.

iFixit has released product tear-downs of new mobile and laptop devices which provide advertising for the company's parts and equipment sales.[8] These tear-downs have been reviewed by PC World,[9] The Mac Observer,[10] NetworkWorld,[11] and other publications.[12][13]

Co-founder Kyle Wiens[14] has said that he aims to reduce electronic waste by teaching people to repair their own gear,[15] and by offering tools, parts, and a forum to discuss repairs.[16] In 2011, he travelled through Africa with a documentary team to meet a community of electronics technicians who repair and rebuild the world's discarded electronics.[17]

iFixit provides a software as a service platform known as Dozuki to allow others to use iFixit's documentation framework to produce their own documentation. (O'Reilly Media's Make and Craft magazines use Dozuki to feature community guides alongside instructions originally written by the staff for the print magazine.[18])[failed verification][19]

On April 3, 2014 iFixit announced a partnership with Fairphone.[20]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, iFixit and CALPIRG, the California arm of the Public Interest Research Group, worked with hospitals and medical research facilities to gather the largest known database of medical equipment manuals and repair guides to support the healthcare industry during the pandemic.[21]

Reception[edit]

In September 2015, Apple removed the iFixit app from the App Store in reaction to the company's publication of a tear-down of a developer pre-release version of the Apple TV (4th generation) obtained under Apple's Developer Program violating a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement, and accordingly, their developer account was suspended.[11] In response, iFixit says it has worked on improving its mobile site for users to access its services through a mobile browser.[citation needed]

In April 2019, it was revealed that some Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S devices contain a physical Easter egg reading "Hi iFixit! We See You!",[22] demonstrating that device manufacturers are aware of iFixit.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wiens, Kyle. "Kyle Wiens". kylewiens.com.
  2. ^ "Leaderboard". Archived from the original on 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  3. ^ "Content Licensing". Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  4. ^ "IFixit Channel Trailer!". YouTube. March 29, 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Triangulation 373 Kyle Wiens, iFixit | TWiT.TV". TWiT.tv. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  6. ^ "Meet the $21 Million Company That Thinks a New iPhone Is a Total Waste of Money". inc.com. 5 April 2017. Archived from the original on 5 April 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  7. ^ Wiens, Kyle (14 June 2013). "Fix Things, Never Force It: Lessons From Grandpa". theatlantic.com. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  8. ^ "How iFixit Uses Teardowns As Marketing 3.0, by Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac Sep. 18, 2009, retrieved July 2, 2010". Archived from the original on September 24, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "17-inch MacBook Pro Gets Torn to Pieces". PCWorld. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  10. ^ "iFixit Shares MacBook Air Take Apart || The Mac Observer". www.macobserver.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b Brown, Bob (30 September 2015). "Apple gives iFixit app the boot". Network World. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  12. ^ "iFixit in the Press". Archived from the original on 12 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  13. ^ "iFixit in the Press and Media". www.ifixit.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  14. ^ Wiens, Kyle (20 July 2012). "I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why". Harvard Business Review. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  15. ^ Taub, Eric A (20 July 2010). "Cooling Your Laptop, or Your Lap?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  16. ^ Biersdorfer, J. D. (22 September 2010). "Ways to Remove a Broken Plug". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  17. ^ Wiens, Kyle (7 October 2011). "Why Fixers Will Save Our Planet". The Atlantic. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Make: Projects". Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  19. ^ "Home - Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers". Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  20. ^ iFixit and Fairphone – Fixing The Cell Phone Problem, IFixit e-mail of April 3, 2014 (web version)
  21. ^ Goode, Lauren (May 19, 2020). "Right-to-Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers". Wired. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  22. ^ Robertson, Adi (2019-04-12). "Oculus says 'tens of thousands' of its new controllers include secret messages". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-05-02.