New iPad Hardware Revealed by iFixit Teardown
Apple's new iPad might not hit U.S. store shelves until March 16, but repair Website iFixit already has a teardown of the next-generation tablet.Thanks to the difference in time zones, Apple customers in Australia had the chance to snatch up the new iPad more than a day before the next-generation tablet went on sale in the United States. It also gave repair Website iFixit the chance to tear apart an iPad purchased from a store in Melbourne. The firm found no surprises in that slim aluminum frame. However, in a series of images posted on its Website, iFixit did manage to document the A5X processor, Retina Display and other features that Apple hopes will outpace any competition for at least another year.
The new iPad (Apple hasnt given it an official-sounding name along the lines of iPad HD or iPad 3) features a high-resolution Retina Display, an improved camera and processor, and comparable battery life to its predecessors. In a bid to further pressure that competition, the new iPad will keep the same prices as the previous model, starting at $499 for WiFi-only versions, and $629 for those with 4G capability. Prices top out at $699 for the WiFi-only, 64GB model and $829 for the 64GB model with WiFi and 4G. Those in the U.S. will have the option of purchasing the new iPad with 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity on either Verizon or AT&T.