New 9.7-Inch iPad Teardown Confirms It's Basically an Original iPad Air

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iFixit has shared a brief teardown of Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad unveiled last week, and unsurprisingly, the tablet looks just as much like an original iPad Air on the inside as it does on the outside.


    In the side-by-side photo above, iFixit noted the original iPad Air on the left has a slightly larger Wi-Fi module compared to the new 9.7-inch iPad on the right, but otherwise the tablets look virtually identical.

    iFixit said the new 9.7-inch iPad remains difficult to repair due to the front panel being glued to the device and strong adhesive holding everything in place. One plus is that the battery is not soldered to the logic board.

    The new 9.7-inch iPad is all about price. It's the cheapest new tablet that Apple has ever sold, starting at $329, yet with a brighter display and a faster A9 processor compared to the now-discontinued iPad Air 2.

    The fifth-generation iPad, as it is officially known, is also somewhat thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 since it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep costs down.


    The tablet's tech specs are otherwise identical to the iPad Air 2, including a display resolution of 2,048-by-1,536 at 264 PPI, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel front FaceTime camera, two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, and Bluetooth 4.2.

    The new 9.7-inch iPad can be ordered now on Apple's website in the United States and dozens of other countries.

    Apple said the new 9.7-inch iPad is also available to purchase at select Apple Stores, authorized resellers, and carrier stores starting this week in more than 20 countries, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.

    Article Link: New 9.7-Inch iPad Teardown Confirms It's Basically an Original iPad Air
  2. AyeGear macrumors newbie


    Feb 13, 2016
    Glasgow, Scotland
  3. keithtae macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2015
    To be perfectly honest, even when i try out the "new" iPhones, they are basically the same as the old iphones.

    Apple is just all about coming up with new color products now.
  4. iDento macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2011
    iCloud Servers
    Hence the price, no complains.

    it is really weird tho as this is the most un-Apple thing Apple did.
  5. iCloudStrife macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2015
    Didn’t Steve say that Apple was in the business of making the best possible products, not in the business of racing to the bottom?
  6. YvesM007-1993 macrumors newbie


    Sep 29, 2015
    True, but it has to be seen in the context that Apple, like no other, could -and still can- deliver high-end products for a (relatively) low price.
    EDIT: Although I have to admit that some of their Macs don't follow neither strategy.
  7. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    In other words, after 2 years they've been able to make 1 laptop and re-release their iPhone and iPad.
    Yeah, big plans.. can't wait for that TV and Car they're working on..
    --- Post Merged, Mar 30, 2017 ---
    Yep, it's turned into a fashion company now. Pro users? WHAT? .. no cli for you! who needs a file system.. get out!
  8. d4rkc4sm macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2011
  9. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    All praise be due to the profit margin king Tim Cook

    Really happy he's getting use out of that unused stock of iPad's
  10. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    I know this is a joke about Apple's lack of tons of new features or whatever, but I think after the 5S major everyday performance improvements started to die down. I think technology just hit the point that, so long as botchy software isn't messing with things, an A7 is more than the average person needs anymore. Or at least I can hardly tell a difference between my 5S and iP7+ anyway performance-wise
  11. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    No complaints here. Upgraded CPU and lower price make this a perfect replacement for my dad's iPad 3.
  12. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    NXP 67V04 NFC Controller as seen in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

    So does this iPad have NFC or is this part of the motion co-processor?
  13. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Well, at least the battery size is also the same as the original Air, so paired with the less power hungry A9 it should outlast the Air 2 which already has brilliant battery life.
  14. skillwill, Mar 30, 2017
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    skillwill macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2008
    The iPad's naming structure has been such a mess. iPad, iPad 2, the new iPad, iPad with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad

    It looks so stupid but I like that they have finally sorted it out. Makes sense to have an iPad Mini line, an iPad line, and an iPad Pro line.
  15. phillytim, Mar 30, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2017

    phillytim macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Well at least I could upgrade my original-Air to this iPad, for all the modern enhancements at a modest price. And most likely still use my leather Apple iPad cover.

    Wow, how times have changed at Apple; at least this particular one is a positive for we thrifty folk.

    EDIT: Also, this obviously has environmental recycling benefits, as Apple can re-use the old iPad Air aluminum cases, right?
  16. Porco, Mar 30, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2017

    Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    The reaction to this device is, like the devices themselves, very similar to the reactions to the iPhone SE over the 5/5S/6S which that was a hybrid of. Positive from people who value the low price option, negative from people who don't get that and seemingly only ever want ever-more powerful and expensive devices than anything released before.

    I think it's great that Apple are bringing back proven hardware in a new combination at a lower price.

    I would love a Mac Pro SE that took this approach - up to date specs in the old 5,1 form factor for a budget price... yes please.

    And not to get into political stuff, but given the UK (where I am)'s political/economic situation, it's especially important if Apple wants to retain its level of sales here, because the price rises on existing products threatens to seriously damage Apple in the UK IMHO. Of course so does having ancient computers at those inflated prices too, but that's a whole other issue by itself.
  17. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Prices of components come down over time it would be interesting to see what the increase in profit is between this Ipad and if they had just lowered the price of the AIR2. I bet it isn't much
  18. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    I guess the new iPhones are the same as the old ones in the same way windows 10 is the same at windows XP.
  19. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Apple: Crap, we forgot to make two of this design. *releases updated version*
  20. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    Mate, if you need command line for iPad, have you tried Prompt by Panic? No, you can't use it for local work, but if it's a remote terminal you need, it's very nice.
  21. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    Can't innovate my ass!

    Seriously the iPad isn't a priority for Apple and the lack of innovation shows it.
  22. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
  23. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    they are masters at getting rid of old stockpiled parts/equipment....but Apple magically calls it innovation ;)

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