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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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Teardown of New iPad Reveals Samsung Retina Display, Qualcomm MDM9600 Wireless Chip




Earlier today, we noted that iFixit was on hand for an early midnight launch of the new iPad at a Telstra retail store in Melbourne, Australia, and the teardown experts are now beginning the process of opening up the device to examine its internals.




A number of the parts appeared in leaks leading up to the device's introduction, but the teardown offers the first confirmation of details on what is included inside the new iPad and reveals some of the additional parts such as the cameras and battery that had not been seen in leaks.

Among the details revealed in the teardown:

- The display appears to be manufactured by Samsung. Samsung has been claimed to be the sole supplier of displays for the initial batch of new iPads, although LG and Sharp are expected to come on board shortly as they catch up from quality control issues in their production.

- The new iPad packs a Broadcom BCM4430 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip. As with a number of other recent Apple product releases, the new iPad supports low-power Bluetooth 4.0.

- The A5X system-on-a-chip carries a manufacturing date code of the first week in January.




- The wireless baseband chip is indeed the Qualcomm MDM9600, as had been suggested in restore code for the device.

- The new iPad indeed contains 1 GB of RAM, and unlike in A5-based hardware, the RAM consists of two standalone chips from Elpida rather than being integrated directly into the A5X package.




- The iPad's flash memory is from Toshiba, while the flash storage seen in the leaked logic board last month was from Hynix. Apple uses a variety of flash memory suppliers, balancing its load based on vendor capacity and pricing.

- The battery cells are roughly 70% larger than on the iPad 2, with the extra thickness of the new iPad providing space to house the larger batteries. Earlier speculation had suggested that Apple may have had a breakthrough in battery technology to allow for greater energy density that would have explained the 70% increase in battery capacity, but this is apparently not the case.





Article Link: Teardown of New iPad Reveals Samsung Retina Display, Qualcomm MDM9600 Wireless Chip
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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Tear the guts out of it and find out why it weighs more LOL.
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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Wow did they really go all the way to Australia just to be the first ones to tear down the new iPad??? smh
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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Don't we know pretty much everything in there except the RAM?
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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Tear the guts out of it and find out why it weighs more LOL.
You don't know already? The battery has 70% more capacity than the previous.


iFixIt still doesn't have a link up to the teardown yet though.
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:46 AM   #6
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Link to the iFixit article?

Edit: here we go
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad-...eardown/8277/1

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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:46 AM   #7
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Where's the link to the live teardown? Normally they post the photos as they go but I don't see anything in the article or on their site...

(and, before you ask: yes, I am that impatient)
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Looking forward to it
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Link to the iFixit article?
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad-...eardown/8277/1
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:48 AM   #11
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Don't we know pretty much everything in there except the RAM?
We just want to see what the battery looks like, duh!!!
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Wow did they really go all the way to Australia just to be the first ones to tear down the new iPad??? smh
iFixit went out to New Zealand to be the first to open up the iPhone 3g a few years ago. Certainly not out of their realm to do that.
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:49 AM   #13
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Why couldnt MR just post a link to the article? They've got to know that people will find it, so just link to it instead of pissing people off
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 10:50 AM   #14
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Don't we know pretty much everything in there except the RAM?
IIRC, the Geekbench run from a couple days ago already showed that it's 1GB of RAM.
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Don't we know pretty much everything in there except the RAM?
They can confirm which chips are used, for instance. AnandTech speculated they were using the Qualcomm MDM9600 rather than the newer MDM9615 based on output from a screen. There are other things, as well. If they had obtained an LG made screen, for instance, that would also have dispelled the rumor that Samsung is the exclusive supplier.
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Wow did they really go all the way to Australia just to be the first ones to tear down the new iPad??? smh
No, they went there to play with kangaroos
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Awesome, can't wait to see how big this battery is.
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Nice to see that the display is created by Samsung.
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They open it up to find.... (gasp) apple makes none of the components!

So iPad = Samsung galaxy tab xx.x note inspire nexus 2.0?

IMO the key is properly matched components coupled with great design, price and above all software!

There is a reason why apple has 70% market share.
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The codes on the back of the LCD are Data Matrix, not QR Code.
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I can't wait to see how much space the battery occupies.
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Are the commentaries by iFixit really necessary?

Examples: "Connectors and screws, connectors and screws, to secure a logic board, that's what you use!"
"Ha! Sneaky, sneaky, iPad. Let go of your logic board."

How about just sticking to writing the teardown without the extra garbage, half of the damn teardown is the above quotes.
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Are the commentaries by iFixIt really necessary?

Example: "Connectors and screws, connectors and screws, to secure a logic board, that's what you use!"

How about just sticking to writing the teardown without the extra garbage.
Or you could go to Australia and do your own teardown.
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Are the commentaries by iFixit really necessary?

Examples: "Connectors and screws, connectors and screws, to secure a logic board, that's what you use!"
"Ha! Sneaky, sneaky, iPad. Let go of your logic board."

How about just sticking to writing the teardown without the extra garbage, half of the damn teardown is the above quotes.
Hey, it's fun and quirky. That usually gets pulled out for the actual guides that they post later, but people are enjoying reading these, why shouldn't they enjoy writing them?

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