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Slideshow: Apple iPad 4 Teardown
11/13/2012

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When we picked up our iPad 4 on Nov. 2 (coincidentally, at the same time we picked up our iPad mini), we took it to our lab as soon as we could to take it apart and analyze what differences there were, if any, between this new iPad and the iPad 3. We used a heat gun to soften the adhesive around the touchscreen.
When we picked up our iPad 4 on Nov. 2 (coincidentally, at the same time we picked up our iPad mini), we took it to our lab as soon as we could to take it apart and analyze what differences there were, if any, between this new iPad and the iPad 3. We used a heat gun to soften the adhesive around the touchscreen.

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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.

 

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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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!

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   11/13/2012 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!"

etmax
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Re: Why the Timing?
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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Re: Why the Timing?
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.

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.

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