The folks at ifixit have friends around the world. So when their pals at MacFixit Australia got their hands on Apple's just-release iPad Air, they hopped a plane for a chance to tear it open and take a look inside.
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Dimensional changes are afoot: The Air is 20 percent thinner, 28 percent lighter, and 24 percent reduced in volume from the 4th-generation iPad. And there's more:
9.7-inch, in-plane-switching LCD with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 264 pip
Dual-core A7 CPU with 64-bit architecture
M7 motion-tracking coprocessor
5-megapixel rear iSight camera capable of recording 1080p video; 1.2-megapixel 720p front-facing camera
802.11n dual-antenna MIMO WiFi
Support for 14 LTE bands, DC-HSPA+, UMTS, GSM/EDGE, CDMA, and EVDO
I agree, yet another fascinating look into another Apple gadget. The point about having all the electronics in a small space is a good one, Rob. It completely explains the heat issues Apple has had with its devices and notebook computers.
First, a truly excellent tear down, and I'm not Li-ion (seriously?).
A few thoughts, though; I can't believe that so much of the device is glued together. Talk about fostering a disposal society, which means long lines for the next version. When the batteries fail this thing will end up in a landfill and that seems like some sort of punishable offense. I suppose in some communities it is.
I see that the touch screen is not optically bonded to the display and I'm really impressed by the performance of the complete display package, considering that the two components just sit on top of each other.
I agree about the disposal issues, tekochip. I have a feeling there are already millions of people with old electronics in their basements that they don't know what to do with because they don't know how to deal with the disposal issues. Designs like this will make it worse.
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