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iFixit: AirPort Extreme Ranks High on List of Most Repairable Apple Tech

by Adriana Lee | June 14, 2013June 14, 2013 11:00 am PDT


Giving your old router the evil eye, and thinking about a new AirPort Extreme? Who could blame you? Not only is it a rather handsome device — which can be important for an appliance that tends to be out and on all the time — but it boasts that deliciously speedy 802.11ac goodness, to boot.

Of course, when it comes to pricey routers, components and repairability can be key. And if that matters to you, then you’ll be thrilled to know that iFixit has done it again — it broke down Apple’s latest Wi-Fi product and fell in love. (Okay, maybe it’s just intense “like.”) The teardown revealed that the new AirPort Extreme is incredibly easy to disassemble, thanks to modular parts, with the team giving it an 8 out of 10 on its repairability scale.

“This little tower of power pops right open with a couple twists of the metal spudger, and we didn’t encounter more than just a dab of glue inside the device,” iFixit posted. So extremely simple was it to get inside this puppy, that the site ranked it among the most repairable Apple products in recent history, alongside the Apple TV and the Mac Mini.

Apple intended the AirPort Extreme to be a companion product to the 802.11ac-equipped new MacBook Air, but when it comes to repairability, the router far outshined the laptop, which got a score of 4. No surprise there. Cupertino has a penchant for sealing the heck out of its computing devices.

For more details on the teardown, be sure to hit up the source link.


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...