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Slideshow: Apple iPad 2 Teardown

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Beth Stackpole
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Dual core now a standard?
Beth Stackpole   10/5/2011 7:34:58 AM
Always interesting to get a peak inside these coveted electronics. With Motorola and Apple now clearly on the dual-core processor bandwagon for their tablet offerings, does that mean this is now a standard for this form factor going forward? I see Apple's new iPhone 4S announced yesterday uses the same dual-core A5 chip. Is Amazon's new Kindle Fire based on a dual-core processor as well?

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Re: Dual core now a standard?
williamlweaver   10/5/2011 8:09:42 AM
Specs I've seen have the Kindle Fire based on the dual-core 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP (assuming version 5) processor. With all of the high-end graphics and processing power needed by emerging HTML5 code, it looks like multi-core will soon no longer be competitive advantage, but a requirement. 

sensor pro
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Re: Dual core now a standard?
sensor pro   10/5/2011 3:16:48 PM
Nice report. On the other hand the new tablet from Amazon is 199.00. Yes it is smaller, but pretty comfortable.

I picked one up and like it. It is not Apple-2, but not bad at all.

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Tear down good!
SoCalPE   10/19/2011 5:39:53 PM
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Yes, always great to see a product teardown.  It appeals to the primal engineer in me; ogg, ugh!  I'll never forget the first time I got to teardown a Ipod Touch that was dropped into a cup of coffee (it didn't survive).  Such an impressive assortment of manufacturing techniques employed into these robust handheld devices.  Good stuff, thanks!

Alexander Wolfe
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BOM
Alexander Wolfe   11/14/2011 8:44:04 PM
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I can't help but notice the iPad 2's impression, and therefore costly, bill of materials. Now that Steve Jobs has sadly passed, I expect we will see a raft of Android tablets which strive for highly cost-constrained BOMs.

Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe   11/21/2011 9:04:02 AM
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I'm wondering if there's a market niche for a form-factor that's smaller than an iPad 2, but larger than an iPhone. Of course, the Blackberry Playbook fills precisely that niche, but it hasn't taken off for other reasons (namely, the software's not fully baked, and it's viewed as an enterprise product rather than a consumer one). The reason I posit the intermediate form factor is that I personally still prefer the iPhone, even though I have an iPad. I think it's the weight issue. I actually like the iPad better, but I find it far easier to read an iPhone when recumbent, its smaller screen notwithstanding.

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Smaller Tablets
apresher   3/12/2012 5:14:02 PM
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Alex, I agree with you on additional size possibilities for tablets. So far, this product space has gained an unbelievable amount of traction in a short period of time.  It's clear that users like the smaller sized devices and the basic touch interface. It's clear we will see an almost explosive number of new products in the next 12 months including smaller screen sizes.

warren@fourward.com
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Amazing construction processes
warren@fourward.com   9/20/2012 4:13:52 PM
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I knew I should have invested in double-sided tape futures!

It is a wonder how each piece was designed to fit in the appropriate place.  A lot of good engineering went into this.

Too bad we aren't talented enough to put something like this together in the States.  Or cheap enough...

 

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Amazing construction processes
Cabe Atwell   5/29/2014 1:26:57 AM
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It's amazing to note that the iPad 2 is still being sold used at roughly $250 to $300 a pop three years after its release. Why is that? Quality or hype?

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