Mobile and Wireless: New iPad iFixit Teardown Reveals A5X Processor, Possible Samsung LCD

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2012-03-15 Print this article Print
New iPad Front

New iPad Front

The latest iPad features a high-resolution Retina Display (2048 by 1536 pixels). Overall, though, the front of the device greatly resembles that of previous versions.
Repair Website iFixit flew all the way to Melbourne, Australia, to find the new iPad, a day before Apple's latest tablet hits the U.S. market. While the firm's teardown artists didn't find anything unexpected as they took the tablet apart, they nonetheless managed to snap some in situ images of the A5X processor, LCD screen and logic board. These are just a few of the hardware elements Apple hopes will allow it to power past the tablet competition for yet another year. The new iPad (Apple hasn't 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 move that maintains pressure on its competitors, 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 United States will have the option of purchasing the new iPad with 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity on either Verizon Wireless or AT&T. Analysts are predicting the new iPad will prove an instant bestseller, with Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expecting Apple to sell some 1 million units March 16.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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