10.2-Inch iPad Teardown Confirms 3GB of RAM and Same-Size Battery

iFixit has completed its teardown of the new 10.2-inch iPad and uncovered the same 8,227 mAh/32.9 Wh battery as the sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, while RAM has been increased from 2GB to 3GB.

The 10.2-inch iPad is similar to the sixth-generation 9.7-inch ‌iPad‌, with the same A10 Fusion chip and Apple Pencil support, but it has a larger display and a Smart Connector that enables support for Apple's full-sized Smart Keyboard. Pricing continues to start at $329 in the United States.

Given the minor refresh, the 10.2-inch ‌iPad‌ has few hardware changes over the 9.7-inch ‌iPad‌ beyond the larger display, addition of a ‌Smart Connector‌, and an extra GB of RAM. Repairability remains low due to strong adhesives and a soldered Lightning connector, although display repairs remain feasible.

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14 months ago
They should merge iPad and iPad Air lines to simplify the lineup.
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14 months ago
It’s pretty sad they did not upgrade the A10 fusion inside. They usually do that yearly with this iPad.
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14 months ago
Still no laminated display or antiglare coating. On a tablet... Wtf. :rolleyes:
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14 months ago
Seems fine. This is the budget model. The one schools and businesses buy.
The “real” iPad lineup is the mini, the Air and the Pro. This model doesn’t need the latest stuff, just needs to be decent for the price and it is.
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14 months ago


They should merge iPad and iPad Air lines to simplify the lineup.

No, education needs a $299 iPad. There’s plenty of space between $299 and $799 for the Air.

People aren’t so stupid that they can’t choose between three models. Price pretty much makes the decision for you, anyway. iPad if it’s for kids, education or if cost is the biggest concern. iPad Air I’d recommend for most, as long as you can spare an extra $200. If $799 is not a problem, buy the Pro.
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14 months ago
Minimal effort to maximize benefits of existing parts. Same SoC, same battery, same case (iPad Pro 10,5 and 3rd gen Air)...
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