So we all love have loved the ‘new iPad’ which Apple recently unveiled. But then we have only had the look at it from the outside and have little idea what it has inside. And as always, the team at iFixit has taken up the tedious task to tear apart the new iPad, all for us.
They plan to start it up with loads of tools and a Red Bull to keep them going through all of it.
First of all, iFixit is using an iPad from Australia and Apple has clarified that the particular iPad is not compatible with the 4G LTE network in Australia.
Some heat from the heat gun to melt down the gum that holds the screen to the body and guitar picks to hold it apart.
Some heavy duty suction cups help us to lift apart the super-delicate top glass panel.
A screw here and another screw there and off is the display. Some 3,145,728 pixels are all included in this tiny bit. Retina display it is!
Here goes the display cord that powers up from the main circuit to give us beautiful colourful images on the screen.
And it is finally out! This display is built by Samsung who is a major competitor for Apple. And it is irony that Apple has to inform Samsung about its entire plan much earlier and can’t have any secrets from it as it is dependent on the Korean giant for display units.
Below the display we can find loads and loads of connectors and screws which hold along the logic board inside the casing.
A little unscrewing and the logic board’s out. This little piece holds on to the following masters:
- Texas Instruments CD3240 driver device
- Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n MAC/baseband/radio with integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS and FM transceiver
- 2 x 4Gb Elpida LP DDR2 = 1 GB DRAM in separate packages in a 64-bit configuration
- Fairchild FDMC 6683
- Broadcom BCM5973 I/O controller
- Broadcom BCM5974 microprocessor
- Apple 338S0987 (Cirrus Logic audio codec)
On the other side of the logic board, we have the brain of the new iPad, the new A5X dual-core processor. It measures 12.82 mm x 12.71 mm which is 36% larger than the A5.
Along with it we have
- Apple 343S0561 – This IC looks like an updated version of the 343S052 that we found in the iPad 2, and is used for power management.
- The NAND, part number THGVX1G7D2GLA08 is a 16 GB 24 nm MLC Flash from Toshiba
- Qualcomm MDM9600 – 3G and 4G wireless modem
Now coming to the most powerful thing in the new iPad, the 42Whr battery which is almost double as that of the iPad 2 and takes up almost all of the new iPad’s back. Below you can find the battery posing for us in full glory.
Next in the line are the headphone jack and one of the many wireless antennas that come out as a single unit.
Say cheese! Pose a little for the 5MP rear camera of the new iPad which is the same as that on the iPhone 4, Omnivision OV5650, 1.75 um pixel pitch, 5 MP back illuminated CMOS Image.
The few buttons which help us in controlling the new iPad from the outside are all here. Nice little creatures!
Last but not the least! All the new iPad parts pose for us for the last time. Say Goodbye.
So now that you have had an in-sight of the new iPad, does it go on to impress you more or you’ll stay another few months for the next iPad? Let us know below.