possible memory upgrade?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by applemike, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. applemike macrumors 6502

    applemike

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    Just wondering if it is possible to get a 16GB iPad,

    Swap out the flash storage chip with a new one (larger capacity) and throw it back together.

    If so where can you get such flash chips?

    and are there any online guides?

    (i've looked, not found anything, just wondering if anyone has any ideas)

    My basic plan

    Buy 16GB 3g+wifi iPad

    Swap out storage for 64Gb, and i'm happy.

    Possible?
     
  2. poot1234 macrumors member

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    Not unless you're amazing at soldering ;)
     
  3. applemike thread starter macrumors 6502

    applemike

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    Being the son of an electrical engineer and having some nifty equipment does help ;) so yeah
     
  4. poot1234 macrumors member

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    But the real answer: No
     
  5. applemike thread starter macrumors 6502

    applemike

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    Im not that bad. But my father could probably do it.
     
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

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    Then talk to your dad. It for sure is beyond the capability of the average person on the street.
     
  7. doodude macrumors regular

    doodude

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    I would think there are several things to consider;
    1. Your are willing to put your Dad on the spot for something he 'might' be able to do.
    2. You are willing to go without a warranty.
    3. You are willing to 'Brick' your iPad.
    4. You are unwilling or unable to find a way to earn the money to just buy the model you want.

    Im all for you getting right in there & doing it if thats what you want to do but it just sounds like more trouble than it would be worth once you add in the cost of parts & your time & effort.

    If you do it I wish you luck & hope you'll report back here with the outcome. Id sure like to hear how it went & hope you'll take pictures of your progress...:D
     
  8. jasg49 macrumors member

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    No.

    The memory is not a separate chip. It is actually packaged into a single unit with the CPU to save on space and power needs.
     
  9. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    unless he has a hot air reflowing machine then he is not going to be able to it.
     
  10. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

    likemyorbs

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    don't attempt it. 99% chance it wont work. you're gonna trash your ipad. it will cost you more to buy a new one than the extra money you would have spent to just buy the model you want in the first place. im all for DIY, but there are limitations, this is one of them.
     
  11. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    wrong....it is a separate chip.
     
  12. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    While it is a separate chip(s) it's gonna require an exceptionally high level of skill and precision to remove and/or replace (if you can do it at all). Pretty much guarantees you'll fu$k it up.
     
  13. Freedomepalin macrumors newbie

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    Yup it is a separate chip and is possible. I did it yesterday.

    Why go for just 64GBs? I thew a 512GB ssd in mine it works perfectly.
     
  14. jasg49 macrumors member

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  15. Hydrocity macrumors 6502a

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    lol
     
  16. kernkraft macrumors 68020

    kernkraft

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    If you want more storage, there are a few services specifically for this. For example, if you get 16GB and want 64GB, you have to do this:

    1.) Sell your on Ebay/Craiglist, whatever.

    2.) Buy one with more storage.

    OR

    1.) An average iPad grows 1GB additional storage in every quarter. If you wait three years, your iPad's storage will reach 64GB, provided that you give it all the water, food and nourishment that it requires. Humidity also has to be controlled.

    2.) Sell your iPad as previously outlined. After all, it is an old iPad with water damage, so why keep it?!

    3.) Put a bit more money into the pot and buy a new one with enough storage.
     
  17. jasg49 macrumors member

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    You left one out.

    4.) Find a friend with larger iPad and cross-breed it with yours. Two thirds of the offspring will have more memory than yours.

    I've had problems determining both the gestation period and average litter size.... Also, until they mature, you'll be stuck with iPod Touches ;)
     

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