New iPad iFixit Teardown Reveals A5X Processor, Possible Samsung LCD

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2012-03-15
 
 
 

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.

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.

New iPad Front

Teardown

In order to access the interior of the new iPad, iFixit needed heavy-duty suction cups to remove the display. The initial attempt, with guitar picks and a plastic opening tool, merely budged that front panel.

Teardown

Display

The new iPad's LCD panel is lifted away, revealing the internal components.

Display

Connectors

During the teardown, iFixit found that the display connectors for the new iPad were different from the ones used in the iPad 2, meaning the displays are incompatible.

Connectors

Samsung LCD

Based on the model numbers on the back of the LCD, iFixit believes "this is a Samsung LCD."

Samsung LCD

Unscrewing the Logic Board

Next, iFixit removed the screws securing the logic board.

Unscrewing the Logic Board

Logic Board

The logic board, freed from the rest of the device. 

Logic Board

Elements

The logic board includes a Texas Instruments CD3240 driver device, Epcos B4064 SAW (surface acoustic wave) filters and a Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n MAC/Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS and FM transceiver. 

Elements

A5X

A glimpse of Apple's proprietary A5X processor, an upgrade from the previous A4.

A5X

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