iPad3 to iPhone 4s swapping memory

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SL4VE, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. SL4VE macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    I have a 32gb 4s and a 16GB iPad3 and need more storage on the iPad and less on the iPhone and was thinking of opening up the devices and swapping over the memory cards. Apart from a bit of possible soldering. Is there anything I joule be alarmed about and also is this actually possible?
  2. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    Wouldn't you be better off selling both and buying them used? I would think you could even break even in the end.
  3. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    "Apart from a bit of possible soldering". This isn't a 1970's Heathkit radio. I doubt even Apple could just swap out memory; I'm sure they just replace boards when they refurbish iPads. You would likely destroy the board before you managed to remove the NAND chip.
  4. mrat93 macrumors 65816


    Dec 30, 2006
  5. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
  6. SL4VE thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
  7. Redneck-Randy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2012
    Can't be done at home cause it's surface mount technology. Takes special equipment.
  8. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    im interested in switching my new ipad's 1gb memory to put it into my 4s.

    if it's possible, i would gladly switch it!;)
  9. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    The chips are pretty much part of the board after assembly. Removing them would almost certainly destroy the chip and the board.

    To get a picture of what the chip/board assembly looks like, head over to iFixIt and check out the teardown.


    Step 19 shows the flash memory (yellow box on photo).
  10. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    These things are not "your father's pc".

    Way, way too little and not made for swapping out. If they were, Apple would be selling memory upgrades. Pretty sure you can not find anyone selling upgrades - cause it is too difficult if not close to impossible to do.
  11. SL4VE thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    Ok thanks guys. I get the picture now. Was fun dreaming anyways

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