iFixit at their very best. The company recently ripped apart the new Apple iPad which went on sale on March 16th. The teardown has revealed that the new retina display on the iPad is produced by Samsung and that getting inside the iPad is really tricky. The folks simply took each part of the gorgeous new device for us to see. Below are the key points noted.
* Dual-core Apple A5X processor with integrated quad-core graphics
* 9.7 inch LED backlit in-plane switching LCD with 2048×1536 pixel “Retina Display.” Our unit is made by Samsung; we hear that Sharp and LG may be supplying panels at a later date.
* 16, 32 or 64 GB Toshiba NAND flash memory
* 5 MP HD rear-facing camera
* 1 GB DRAM comprised of two 4Gb Elpida LP DDR2 parts
* Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS
* Qualcomm MDM9600 3G and 4G wireless modem (not the expected 2nd generation MDM9615)
* Qualcomm RTR8600 multi-band/mode RF transceiver for LTE bands
Getting inside the iPad is as tricky as we expected, knowing how tough it was to get into the iPad 2. The front panel is glued to the frame. We carefully used a heat gun to loosen the adhesive, worked to budge the panel with some guitar picks and plastic opening tools, and finally gently lifted it off with some heavy duty suction cups.