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Apple iPad 3 Teardown

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iPad2 Teardown
apresher   3/21/2012 8:49:59 AM
Dylan, Thanks for a great slideshow on the iPad3 teardown. Its' fascinating to see the simplicity of the design.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: iPad2 Teardown
Rob Spiegel   3/21/2012 1:44:32 PM
I agree, Apresher. Interesting combination of a very simple body construction and a very complex board. 

Charles Murray
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Reverse engineering
Charles Murray   3/21/2012 9:07:33 PM
Seeing the apparent ease with which UBM TechInsights tears it down, it's a wonder to me that Apple is so resistant in their interviews. It's difficult to get through an Apple interview without bumping into a "proprietary concern." Yet, it appears from this teardown that reverse engineering of the hardware must be commonplace.

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Re: iPad2 Teardown
Mydesign   3/22/2012 1:03:54 AM
Dylan, thanks for the cross sectional view of IPad3. I got the new IPad 3, but not that much courage to unseal it for a cross sectional view.

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great show
becksint@yahoo.com   3/22/2012 2:52:56 AM
I only wonder what grenades they'll be packing in. I'm optimistic about biotechnology coming up with something that'll make break-downs like these micro-scopic

Aldo Agraz
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Elegant but not disruptive
Aldo Agraz   3/22/2012 3:03:54 AM
The iPad 3 is beautiful the same way the iPad two is, Apple should stop releasing new models with little improvements and wait more time to get something more interesting and technologically advanced, I think this is only a marketing strategy and not really an amazing new product anymore. Anyway the slides are very nice thanks!

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Look is all i Do.
ervin0072002   3/22/2012 9:15:26 AM

I think Apple is the greedy giant. I don't support companies like these. I make my own desktops from mismatched parts from starter companies (one of the first to get GSkill ram cards at 800MHz) pay for OEM Windows and put my own sticker or logo on my computer, generally 20% cheaper too. I don't do it for the cost I do it for the pleasure of it. However apple does not only sell hardware, they sell art as well. There will come a day when I will select form over function. I have already succumbed to a galaxy G2X. Maybe one day i will own an Apple iPad or iPhone.

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Re: Elegant but not disruptive
jhankwitz   3/22/2012 9:29:11 AM
Right Aldo, Apple should stop releasing new models just like the auto makers should stop releasing new models with little improvements each year.  I'm sure it's only a marketing strategy to get you to buy the same old thing with minor tweaks.  We only want revolutionary changes.  Evolutionary changes are such a bore. ;-)

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Re: Elegant but not disruptive
ChasChas   3/22/2012 10:16:57 AM
What can we expect with the auto companies showing how it's done. They taught  us how to buy hype, personal expression, prestige, etc. while buying basic transportation of all things.

It's what makes it fun to live in the US of A. - watching others do it, I mean - I know better - most of the time. 

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Re: iPad2 Teardown
bdcst   3/22/2012 1:50:34 PM
Simplicity of design?  Well, it looks almost like a cell phone motherboard plugged into an overgrown display and battery.  Doing it that way does make a lot of sense.   It also permits multiple sourced displays to supply an existing model production run.

As miniaturization moves along its path the PC board will continue to get less complicated as more and more of the motherboard moves inside the IC packaging.  If you can manage the heat and the power rail current you want to shrink the length of the interconnects to help speed up the device and reduce signal cross talk (noise).

The tablet computer will probably trend towards cheap disposable general purpose multi-media computers for all.  When the device ends up costing a small fraction of the investment in software applications, how will that affect the giant software firms or should I say firm, the MS elephant in the room?  Will they opt to embed all of their apps in their own hardware making it difficult if not impossible to load and run someone elses cheaper apps?  Deja Vu?  Or will the world of 3rd party cheapware/shareware blossom again, like cell phone apps have?  And where does cloud computing fit into this model?

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