Many people prefer to fix things on their own, however when it comes to hardware that is not always possible. Some Mac, iPhone and iPod owners simply do not have access to the information they need to do something at home. iFixit was designed to help users repair things on their own. The application includes free repair manuals that include troubleshooting tips and step by step instructions. iFixit also offers tear downs that show users the inside of the most recently released gadgets. The site is also designed to encourage recycling through repair. A repaired device is one that doesn’t wind up in a land fill. Users with experience and knowledge of repair are encouraged to share their expertise with the iFixit community. iFixit also sells service parts and tools so the user can find the items they need to complete the repair on their own. Popular and recent topics are also featured on the iFixit homepage so users can see new additions and get started finding the information they need.
iFixit was started in 2003 by Luke Soules and Kyle Wiens in a dorm room at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Many manufacturers offer troubleshooting information on websites. Other websites provide helpful how to information, but few are as extensive as iFixit. The website is dedicated entirely to providing users with a valuable resource that enables them to complete a home repair on many popular electronic devices. Users can also share their expertise to help others in the iFixit community.
The iFixit website uses a blue and orange color scheme accented by the stylish iFixit logo. Four unique icon outlines help users find various tools on the site. The homepage features an image of someone hard at work making a repair. A search tool is positioned along the left hand side of the header bar so users can quickly find a specific repair manual. The online manuals include a great deal of information accompanied by large color images to help explain the step by step repair process.
iFixit does not require a registration to access the repair manuals found on the site. Anyone can browse or search without signing in. Those who wish to create an account can click the white “Join Us” link at the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. This directs the user to the short registration form, which asks for an email address, name and password. The user must also check the small box at the bottom of the form that verifies that they agree to permit iFixit to release their contributions through the site’s open license.
iFixit is operated by a non profit organization, so naturally the site is available to everyone for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges. Users can also contribute, however they agree to give iFixit the right to share their contributions.
iFixit is a great tool for anyone who wants to perform home repairs on their electronic devices. The site can help teach users through step by step guides as well as tear down explanations that give users a glimpse into the inner workings of popular devices without actually destroying one.