I think it’s safe to say that when most people get a new gadget, their main goal is making sure it doesn’t fall apart for as long as possible. The guys over at iFixit, on the other hand, don’t quite share that goal. The iPad has just started hitting store shelves in Australia, and already the iFixit crew has entirely disassembled the thing, and now we can get a detailed look at what makes Apple’s latest iPad tick.
Right off the bat, it was apparent that the leaks about a new LCD connector cable a couple months back were correct. Score one for the rumor mill. What’s more, this particular model was rockin’ a Samsung-crafted Retina display (Apple has also commissioned other tech giants such as LG and Sharp to help provide Retina displays).
Moving on, we have the much-hyped Apple A5X processor. This dual-core chip offers the same CPU performance that we’ve grown to love so much in the A5-touting iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but bumps up the graphics significantly with a quad-core graphics processor and one gigabyte of RAM.
Other notable finds include a larger 11560mAh battery, as well as a number of components from Qualcomm, Toshiba, Texas Instruments, that enable this device to be the fastest, smoothest, sharpest, 4G-est iPad yet.
Overall there really wasn’t anything surprising to find here, but it’s always nice to understand just what makes a great device so great. If you’re interested, you can check out iFixit’s full teardown here for a more in depth look at the tech behind the specs.