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Apple TV 4K 2021 iFixit teardown reveals an unexpected problem

Apple isn’t exactly known for making its products repair-friendly, at least not by unauthorized third-party service providers. There are, however, times when it does seem to diverge from that path and throw technicians and enthusiasts a bone. The Apple TV has been one of its more repairable devices and it doesn’t seem to have changed this year. Unfortunately, iFixit’s teardown does reveal one wart in that image and it isn’t the Apple TV 4K 2021 at all.

The Apple TV box itself is actually a pleasure to open up and take apart, especially if you’re familiar with how difficult it is to do that with other Apple products. All it takes is some gentle prying to open up the bottom plate and then the usual Torx screwdriver to slowly take out the large fan, logic board, heat sink, and power supply.

There were a few pleasant surprises inside as well as from an IR scan. iFixit discovered that the opaque box is actually transparent to infrared light, which means that you don’t have to be precise when pointing the remote. The Apple TV’s fan was also surprisingly connected only by gold contact points with no cable in sight.

In contrast, the new Siri wasn’t actually that easy to teardown. The screws at the bottom barely did anything and iFixit was forced to remove all caps and the navigation pad before trying to pull out the board which contains the battery. Fortunately, that battery was only glued lightly so it didn’t take much force to pull it out.

While the Apple TV 4K 2021 itself got an 8 out of 10 from iFixit, the remote, which wasn’t graded, would have probably scored a dismal 2. Given how the remote’s small battery is likely to die out before any other component, it’s disappointing but unsurprising that Apple made it very difficult to replace.

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You can now buy PS5’s DualSense controller from an unexpected place

Even though it’s still insanely difficult to find a PlayStation 5 pretty much anywhere, today you have another option when it comes to buying the console’s DualSense controller. As it turns out, Apple is now selling the controller, which at first blush seems to be a strange retailer for something like the DualSense. There, is of course, good reason for Apple to start carrying the DualSense now, as many of the company’s devices support it.

That’s still a relatively new development as well. iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and macOS were all recently updated to support the DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers, so now that an array of Apple devices support it, Apple has decided to offer the DualSense on its website. Since Apple Store pickup is listed as “unavailable” for the DualSense, it seems that these controllers aren’t available in-store yet.

Interestingly enough, it seems that the Xbox Series X controller isn’t available from Apple yet either. In fact, aside from the DualSense, the only controllers that are available on Apple’s website are the SteelSeries Nimbus+ and the Rotor Riot controller. Hopefully the arrival of the DualSense is an indication that the Xbox Series X gamepad isn’t too far off.

In any case, Apple has priced the DualSense controller at $69.95, which is the same amount Sony charges for the controller. There’s no indication of whether or not Apple will wind up selling the two new DualSense controllers that are releasing next month, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it wound up limiting its stock to just the standard white controllers.

It looks like DualSense controllers ordered today from Apple will arrive in the middle of next week. There are, of course, other ways to buy DualSense controllers as they aren’t exactly difficult to come by at the moment, but this launch at Apple gives iOS and Mac users one more place to buy.

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Apple’s foldable iPhone could claim an unexpected casualty in 2023

There are a few companies out there who have been testing the waters when it comes to foldable phones, and it may not be long before we see Apple join them. A new analyst report today is claiming that Apple could launch its own foldable phone in just a couple years’ time. Among other things, this phone is expected to have an 8-inch OLED flexible display.

So says famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a recent note to investors, which was obtained by the folks over at MacRumos. Kuo expects Apple to launch that 8-inch foldable smartphone in 2023, and he also expects Apple to recruit Samsung Display as “the exclusive display supplier” and Samsung Foundry “as the exclusive DDI foundry provider.”

Kuo also made some predictions about the phone itself, saying it will output in FHD+ resolution and use TPK’s silver nanowire touch technology, which could be the better choice for smartphones with multiple folds over Samsung Display’s Y-Octa tech. Based on Apple’s “request capacity plan” Kuo also believes that the company will ship 15-20 million foldable smartphones in 2023 – the same year he expects this phone to launch – so it’s clear that he expects this phone to be a success out of the gate.

Worth noting is that Kuo also envisions a future where “foldable devices will blur the product segmentations between smartphones, tablets, and laptops,” and that Apple will be primed to capitalize on that given its existing ecosystem comprised of multiple products. So, it seems there’s the expectation that foldable devices will move beyond their current niche and become a product that’s more ubiquitous fueling Kuo’s prediction here, meaning we’ll just have to wait and see how things pan out.

One thing to wonder is what will happen to the iPad Mini in the event that Apple does launch an 8-inch folding iPhone. Since its inception, the iPad Mini has sported a 7.9-inch display, meaning that if Apple makes a folding iPhone with the intention of bridging the gap between smartphones and tablets, it’ll essentially be squeezing the iPad Mini out of its niche.

For now, though, the foldable smartphone segment is still very much in its infancy. Kuo’s prediction that we’ll see Apple launching foldable devices by 2023 may indeed be a bold one at the present moment, but if the foldable market continues to grow, it’s easy to imagine Apple trying its hand at it. We’ll see what happens from here, but as always, make sure you take rumors, reports, and predictions with a grain of salt.

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