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Slideshow: Apple iPad 4 Teardown
11/13/2012

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A closer look as the adhesive softens, allowing us to open the iPad 4 carefully.
A closer look as the adhesive softens, allowing us to open the iPad 4 carefully.

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Rob Spiegel
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Nice teardown
Rob Spiegel   11/13/2012 12:36:17 PM
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This is an interesting teardown. It's surprising how small the actual brain is for the Apple iPad 4. So what happens after the teardown? Is the product re-assembled for use?

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Nice teardown
Jennifer Campbell   11/13/2012 2:19:11 PM
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Interesting question Rob! I'd like to see this pile of parts put back together, but sadly, I'm pretty sure it gets sent to the electronics recycling bin.

 

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Nice teardown
Rob Spiegel   11/13/2012 10:36:54 PM
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Sending it off to recycling would be a shame, Jenn. I feel like saying, "Give it to me. I'll put it back together!"

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Re: Nice teardown
NadineJ   11/13/2012 3:40:56 PM
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Tear downs make great artwork.  There was as store window that had a "tear down" of a motorcycle in Asia recently (can't remember the exact city).  Each piece was suspended from the ceiling with wire.  It was beautiful.

If Allan frames his tear downs, he could have a side career as an artist!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Nice teardown
Rob Spiegel   11/14/2012 8:43:06 PM
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Never thought of a tear down as art. Personally, I would try to put the device back together and use it. But I will say the brains of this device is a thing of beauty.

Charles Murray
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Re: Nice teardown
Charles Murray   11/13/2012 6:14:14 PM
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I agree, Rob. The printed circuit board looks tiny -- must be about 1" x 3".

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Nice teardown
Rob Spiegel   11/14/2012 9:09:37 PM
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I'm still amazed, Chuck, by the small size of computer brains. The smart phones really prove it. The power of NASA moon-shot brains are now in the palm of our hand.

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Re: Nice teardown
Tool_maker   11/26/2012 1:05:28 PM
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  I suspect it ends up in somebody's lab facility so some engineer can figure out what parts can be altered slightly, copied and stolen for a competitors product. That is what passes for research in many instances today.

  As soon as I see Hot Glue being an integral part of the assembly, I decide against reassembly.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Nice teardown
Rob Spiegel   11/26/2012 3:34:54 PM
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Tool-maker -- why is hot glue a probably for reassembly?

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Tool_maker   11/26/2012 4:05:06 PM
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  I have never been able to clean all residue off the surfaces to get the proper seal. Also since it is an electronic device is it not the case that things could become overheated and then malfuction. If there are mechanical fasteners, even rivets, I am much more likely to attempt tear down and repair. But, welds, glue, crimp and seal have rarely worked well for me when I attempt to open and reseal.

 

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   11/26/2012 5:56:37 PM
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That makes sense, Tool_maker. I didn't realize you had experience in this area. So basically, you have to ruin the product in order to do the tear down.

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Tool_maker   11/27/2012 6:41:15 AM
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  I did not mean to imply that I had the expertise to undertake this particular teardown, I was just talking in general terms. I have taken somethings apart and been able to repair simple items. Eight track tapes, minnow bucket areators and a flash attachment for my 35mm camera. They were already "Throw-away" if I could not fix them. I would never attempt the teardown in this video, but might be willing to take the cover off and look at stuff if it was screwed on rather than glued. 

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   11/27/2012 3:11:56 PM
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Tool_maker, you're right about the glue being the problem with repairing the tear-down. Once the glue is broken, that's it for reconstruction.

Jennifer Campbell
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Why the Timing?
Jennifer Campbell   11/13/2012 2:20:47 PM
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This just seems so odd to me. Why would Apple release the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini on the same day? Furthermore, I have not seen any advertising for the iPad 4. Anyone have any insight/opinions as to the timing of this release?

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etmax   11/14/2012 9:15:54 AM
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At a guess they will have added things that caused a loss in market share compared to of tablets like 4G etc.

Norm
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Norm   11/14/2012 9:16:17 AM
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I think it's obvious - Apple wants/needs to spread the Lightning connector across their product line as quickly as possible, otherwise it remains something of a "quirk" on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini vs the enormous installed base of the larger dock connector. 


Personally at this time I'd still go for the iPad4 as the CPU change is IMO not worth dealing with the connector incompatibility (also have an iPhone 4 and a 4S).

 

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Re: Why the Timing?
btwolfe   11/14/2012 9:29:27 AM
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I've always wondered what it is about that iPxxx dock connector that makes it so much better than USB2.0 micro connector that seems to work for everybody else.

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