Friday, November 1, 2013

iPad Air Teardown

As with every new Apple product, iFixit Australia is the first to get their grubby hands on one.  Instead of powering up the device, they choose to tear it down to the individual parts instead...nerds.  The iPad Air was quite difficult to crack open, here is the summary from iFixit.


Eerie dimensional changes are afoot: the Air is 20% thinner, 28% lighter, and 24% reduced in volume from the 4th-gen iPad. And there are more good scares lurking under its otherworldly skin:

9.7-inch, in-plane-switching LCD with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 264 pip

Dual-core A7 CPU with 64-bit architecture

M7 motion-tracking coprocessor

5-megapixel rear iSight camera capable of recording 1080p video; 1.2-megapixel 720p front-facing camera

802.11n dual-antenna MIMO Wi-Fi

Support for 14 LTE bands, DC-HSPA+, UMTS, GSM/EDGE, CDMA, and EVDO

16, 32, 64, or 128 GB storage


iPad Air Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

The LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is taken off the iPad.

The battery is not soldered to the logic board. We'll give it that.

Just like in previous iPads, the front panel is glued to the rest of the device, greatly increasing the chances of cracking the glass during a repair.

Gobs, gobs, and goblins of adhesive hold everything in place. This is the most difficult battery removal procedure we've seen in an iPad.

The LCD has foam sticky tape adhering it to the front panel, increasing chances of it being shattered during disassembly.

You can't access the front panel's connector until you remove the LCD.

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