UPDATE: April Fools.
FORTUNE --The gadget-repair company iFixit, a persistent critic of Apple (AAPL) products for their low "repairability," announced Tuesday that it has been purchased by Apple for an undisclosed price.
iFixit is best known for its "teardown" photos of disassembled iPhones and iPads, posted shortly after they go on sale and later used to illustrate free online repair guides (parts and tools for sale).
iFixit founder Kyle Wiens has often complained that Apple's devices, because they are so thin and tightly packed, are particularly hard to repair and reuse.
According to the notice that replaced iFixit's website overnight Tuesday, Apple has promised to do something about that.
"As part of the deal," it reads, "Apple made a commitment to produce the most replaceable electronic devices and personal computers on the market. This is a clear win for the whole iFixit community.
"Apple is working hard to make devices last long enough to be upgraded or irrelevant, making repairability an antiquated notion. iFixit will become a key player in the future of Apple device development, starting with the new Smartphone Replaceability Index."
[The "index" is rigged to give Apple devices top scores in all categories.]
For more on the iFixit community, see iFixit.org, "Ditch the throwaway economy," it urges. "Join the repair revolution."
LINK: Why fixers will repair the planet, Wiens' 2011 article in The Atlantic.
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iFixit has taken a screwdriver to Apple's newest phone. This is what they found.
The folks at iFixit reported Wednesday that they "had a blast" taking apart Apple's (AAPL) newest iPhone -- which they got their hands on two days early thanks to FedEx and a friendly Silicon Valley engineer.
Their findings, in their own words:Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 23, 2010 5:14 AM ET
The folks at iFixIt didn't waste any time.
The Atascadero, Calif.-based Mac and iPod parts shop flew a technician to Auckland, New Zealand, to buy one of the first Apple (AAPL) iPhone 3Gs when they went on sale July 11 at 12:01 a.m. local time.
No sooner had he unpacked it than he immediately set to work taking it apart.
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