iPad 2: iFixit Teardown

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The extremely limited availability of Apple’s iPad 2 wasn’t enough to stop the iFixit team from getting their hands on one and stripping it down to its frame only hours after they hit store shelves. Inside they found new batteries, new chips, and room for little else.

Opening the iPad 2 is even more difficult than getting inside the original. The front glass is glued down and has to be removed to access the internal components, and there’s a good chance of cracking that glass sheet in the process.

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Inside, the iPad 2 sports what’s labeled as a 3.8V 25 Watt-hour battery. In comparison, the original iPad shipped with a 24.8 Watt-hour battery.

Once the iFixit tean could get to the small circuit board, they found touchscreen controller chips from Broadcom and Texas Instruments, flash memory from Toshiba, Apple’s A5 processor, and a Wi-Fi circuit board.

Considering the limited space inside the new iPad — it’s about a third thinner than the original — there isn’t any room left over. In addition to being thinner, the iPad 2 also include a gyroscope, along with front and rear-facing digital cameras.

The iPad 2 uses standard phillips screws instead of the custom-shaped screws found in the iPhone 4, but that doesn’t make this tablet any easier to open. Considering how easy it is to break the iPad 2’s glass, opening up this tablet is probably best left to the experts.

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mlvezie

They also did a teardown for the smart cover, detailing the magnets in both the iPad 2 and the cover.

mhikl

Stripping down the sacrosanct iPad2, appalling. Such lack of couth is rampant amongst the iFixit team.

I’m sorry. Nothing but negative posts today. It’s just that I missed my Particle Debris this weekend and I’m suffering terrible anxiety from withdrawal. Hoping JM is fine and enjoying a well earned respite or holiday.

Lee Dronick

Stripping down the sacrosanct iPad2, appalling. Such lack of couth is rampant amongst the iFixit team.

Well at least they didn’t throw it in a blender smile

The glass is glued on. Yesterday I did an experiment to see how usable my iPad is in bright sunlight. I found it to readable unless I reflect the sun in my eye. However, it got quite warm and so I hope that the glue is high temp. I think that the “hot pad” was primarily due to it being the black model, I wasn’t doing anything processor intensive, maybe the white model would be cooler to the touch.

mhikl

I don’t think the white variation would be anything but different for difference sake. It would be distractingly always so present.

As a tree hugger, I will add the prob of an overheating iPad to my arsenal for their defence.

Lee Dronick

I don?t think the white variation would be anything but different for difference sake. It would be distractingly always so present.

As a tree hugger, I will add the prob of an overheating iPad to my arsenal for their defence.

Yeah, maybe it is the glass front trapping the sun’s heat, like in an automobile.

As to borders, I could use another 1/2 inch or so on the iPad. My fingers sometimes stray on to the screen and activate something. I will need to learn how to hold it differently.

cb50dc

Well at least they didn?t throw it in a blender

Mmmmmm! That’s good circuitry!

Lee Dronick

Mmmmmm! That?s good circuitry!

Bassomatic ‘76?

Lee Dronick

@cbsofla. I was thinking of the Will it Blend? series of videos

cb50dc

Sir Harry, I’ve never seen that. I’m *literally* LOL (and I *literally* mean “literally.”)

Yeah, I was thinking Bass-o-matic. First I typed, “It’s a laptop AND an iPod Touch!” Then I realized, “Oops, wrong sketch.” Right period, though.

As I watched that, I grew worried that he’d drink it. grin

Lee Dronick

He has blended iPods and iPhones. I wonder how well his blender would hold up with the aluminum body of the iPad 2.

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