Most annoying Cracking Open teardowns of 2013

Cracking Open: Most annoying teardowns of 2013

From smartphones and tablets to our first wearable item, we’ve cracked open a lot of tech this year. And as we do at the end of each year, it’s time to take a look back — this time with a twist. During this special episode of Cracking Open, I’m counting down my top five most annoying teardowns of 2013.

5. Apple MacBook Air The No. 5 spot on our list goes to Apple’s 2013 MacBook Air. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great laptop. I use one on a daily basis.

Removing the bottom cover of the 11-inch 2013 MacBook Air

(Credit: Bill Detwiler/TechRepublic)

But its special pentalobe screws make the case difficult to open, and even once you’re inside there’s really not much you can do. Most of the components are soldered to the motherboard.

View the full 2013 MacBook Air teardown video.

4. Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C At No. 4 is another Apple creation — actually two of them. The iPhone 5S and 5C[Read more]

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