iFixit tears open Apple's new iPad: What's inside?

 

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Add NoteEditStep 1 — iPad 3 4G Teardown

  • Luke flew to the Telstra store in Melbourne, Australia and was first in line to get the iPad 3 for our deconstructive pleasure.

  • A big thanks to Macfixit Australia for letting us use their facility for the teardown!

  • Tech Specs:

    • Dual-core Apple A5X processor

    • 9.7 inch LCD backlit in-plane switching LED with 2048×1536 pixel Retina display

    • Quad-core graphics processor

    • 16, 32, or 64 GB flash memory

    • 5 MP HD rear-facing camera

 

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  • It's go time! What does an iFixit teardown expert need to dismember the newest iPad at midnight on the other side of the world?

  • Despite our office being in the United States, and the iPad 3 being debuted in Australia, we are fairly confident that it will still work.

  • If you want to follow along on your own iPad, ournative iOS app is a great way to go.

 

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  • We spoke too soon. It appears that 4G LTE on the iPad 3 does not actually work in the land of Oz.

  • Uh-oh, which iPad is this? iPad 2 3G? iPad 3 4G? iPad N (N+1)G?

    • Luckily for everybody, the model number is unique, unlike some of Apple's other products. The model number is A1430.

 

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  • So this is what the rear panel of a new "new iPad" looks like. Do you know what it sort of reminds us of?

  • The 5 MP iSight rear-facing camera boasts autofocus, face detection, 1080p HD video recording, and video stabilization. Definitely a great improvement over last year's weak 0.7 MP rear-facing camera.

  • The 2048×1536 pixel Retina display doesn't do much to amaze us once we turn the iPad off, but we didn't fly halfway across the world just to play Punch a Hipster.

 

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  • A heavy-duty display should only be removed withheavy-duty suction cups.

  • The first legitimately-purchased, legitimately-owned iPad 3 is now also the first legitimately-opened iPad ... in the world.

  • Apparently, the new iPad has a face, and it's not happy. Look familiar?

 

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