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The new iPad Teardown
Teardowns provide a look inside ipad 3 device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.
|Step 1 — Rear Panel
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
Luckily for everybody, the model number is unique, unlike some of Apple's other products. The model number is A1430.
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.
Some heat, guitar picks, and a plastic opening tool make quick arduous work of removing budging the front panel.
Just like its predecessor, the new iPad is very difficult to disassemble. Adhesive secures the glass to the case, making common repairs and battery replacement difficult.
Apple is estimated to ship 1 million units on launch day, and the environmental impact of this unfortunate design choice will be significant.
We don't just make awesome teardowns—we sell parts. And tools! Lots and lots of tools.
Well, this display is screwed...to the case. Luckily, we have a BS degree in removing screws, so this poses no challenge.
Rather than enjoy the 264 pixels per inch on this brand new device, we opt to remove the acclaimed display. Why? Because we're iFixit, and that's how we roll.
As we lift the LCD, we hear the cries of 3,145,728 pixels being dislodged from their homes inside the iPad 3.
It's time to cut spudge the umbilical cord on the display and touchscreen.
As we mentioned in our sneak-peek video, the display connectors in the iPad 2 and iPad 3 are different, meaning the two displays are incompatible...for now.
The model numbers on the back of the 9.7 inch LCD lead us to believe this is a Samsung LCD.
Beside the numbers we find three mysterious matrix barcodes. They allure the teardown expert, a dubious distraction indeed. What do they do? Our best guess: crash your iPhone or turn it into an iPad...scan at your own risk.
Connectors and screws, connectors and screws, to secure a logic board, that's what you use!
We might not be very good at writing poetry, but with spudger and screwdriver in hand, we are masters of our craft.
Come now, iPad. Let go of your logic board, please.
The logic board is out!
Using some leftover pixie dust from our iPhone 4S teardown, we will remove the EMI Shields to fly off so we can take a peek at the logic board.
Chips, Chips, Chips. Here's some of the salsa on the non-A5X side of the logic board:
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)
...and here's some more salsa on the other end of the non-A5X side:
Qualcomm PM8028 Power Management IC
Qualcomm RTR8600 multi-band/mode RF transceiver for 3G and 4GLTE bands
Toshiba Y0A0000 Memory MCP
Triquint TQM7M5013 quad-band linear power amplifier module
Skyworks SKY77468-17 front-end module
Some crafty spudgering reveals the A5X processor in all its glory.
Like the A5, the A5X system features a 1 GHz dual-core CPU. The upgrade that earns it an 'X' is the new GPU, which Apple claims outperforms even Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor.
This particular chip was manufactured in the first week of 2012. Maybe our iPad marks the start of the end of the world.
Not prepared? There’s an app or two for that...
An entirely-new side of the logic board:
Apple A5X processor
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
A big and hearty thanks to Chipworks for helping us ID these chips!
So here's a bonus for all of you: the A5X cover removed.
As is the case with most tablets, the iPad 3 is really just a giant battery.
Each separate cell lists its rating of 3.78 volts and 14.60 watt-hour. They're graced with some more matrix barcode tags and wonderful inscriptions that read 741-0065-A P11GG9-01-F01TS. Swoon.
As we progress through the teardown, what remains is just the carcass of a once mighty iPad.
Get out of the way, ribbon cable! Let us get a look at that micro-SIM card slot.
The headphone jack and one of the many wireless antennas come out as a single unit. Bummer.
Pulling out other fine parts, such as the front-facing camera and antenna.
What an array of buttons and switches! This truly is a sight to see. Buttons of all kinds. Switches of all types. So many!
iPad 3 Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
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