BRUTE wrote:brute actually seems to get allergic reactions when watching any Apple presentations lately.
BRUTE watches Apple presentations? wth?
IlliniDave wrote:BRUTE wrote:at this point, not even an EE major could repair modern phones/laptops. too embedded.
I mostly side with BRUTE. The category of repairs you can make on a phone/laptop is more limited than that of a PC. Smartphones are not like PCs, where you can really have a go at making mods and soldering things or trying new softwares, due to 1) so much of the HW being integrated into the SoC and 2) many unique hardware/firmwares/software combinations for a single device that do not translate easily to another device. For instance, savvy users may be able to do some kludging to repair a smartphone or to get it running newer system software, but it will usually be at the expense of something else breaking (performance tunings, power management, sw security like authenticated modules, or DRM related things like video playback come to mind immediately). Note, even makers of smartphones with many EEs on staff can't get it right (power management of a device is complex and not many devices are close to optimal, especially after system software updates).