Teardown of New iPad Reveals Samsung Retina Display, Qualcomm MDM9600 Wireless Chip

Earlier today, we noted that iFixit was on hand for an early midnight launch of the new iPad at a Telstra retail store in Melbourne, Australia, and the teardown experts are now beginning the process of opening up the device to examine its internals.

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A number of the parts appeared in leaks leading up to the device's introduction, but the teardown offers the first confirmation of details on what is included inside the new iPad and reveals some of the additional parts such as the cameras and battery that had not been seen in leaks.

Among the details revealed in the teardown:

- The display appears to be manufactured by Samsung. Samsung has been claimed to be the sole supplier of displays for the initial batch of new iPads, although LG and Sharp are expected to come on board shortly as they catch up from quality control issues in their production.

- The new iPad packs a Broadcom BCM4430 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip. As with a number of other recent Apple product releases, the new iPad supports low-power Bluetooth 4.0.

- The A5X system-on-a-chip carries a manufacturing date code of the first week in January.

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- The wireless baseband chip is indeed the Qualcomm MDM9600, as had been suggested in restore code for the device.

- The new iPad indeed contains 1 GB of RAM, and unlike in A5-based hardware, the RAM consists of two standalone chips from Elpida rather than being integrated directly into the A5X package.

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- The iPad's flash memory is from Toshiba, while the flash storage seen in the leaked logic board last month was from Hynix. Apple uses a variety of flash memory suppliers, balancing its load based on vendor capacity and pricing.

- The battery cells are roughly 70% larger than on the iPad 2, with the extra thickness of the new iPad providing space to house the larger batteries. Earlier speculation had suggested that Apple may have had a breakthrough in battery technology to allow for greater energy density that would have explained the 70% increase in battery capacity, but this is apparently not the case.

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Top Rated Comments

Steelers7510 Avatar
133 months ago
Wow did they really go all the way to Australia just to be the first ones to tear down the new iPad??? smh
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arn Avatar
133 months ago
Why couldnt MR just post a link to the article? They've got to know that people will find it, so just link to it instead of pissing people off :rolleyes:

The link didn't exist when we first posted the story.

arn
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OneMike Avatar
133 months ago
Are the commentaries by iFixIt really necessary? :rolleyes:

Example: "Connectors and screws, connectors and screws, to secure a logic board, that's what you use!"

How about just sticking to writing the teardown without the extra garbage.

Or you could go to Australia and do your own teardown.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
polaris20 Avatar
133 months ago
Don't we know pretty much everything in there except the RAM?

IIRC, the Geekbench run from a couple days ago already showed that it's 1GB of RAM.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
igazza Avatar
133 months ago
Wow did they really go all the way to Australia just to be the first ones to tear down the new iPad??? smh

No, they went there to play with kangaroos :D
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Peace Avatar
133 months ago
We seem to be overloading the server. What a bunch of nerds.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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