iFixit Teardown of the New Fourth Generation iPad [Photos]
iFixit has posted its teardown of the new fourth generation iPad.
We got our hands on the fourth generation of iPad; we shall call it iPad 4. The iPad 4 is kind of like a fourth book added on to a trilogy: its release was a bit sudden and unexpected, but it's a part of the group, nonetheless. This fourth iteration of iPad shares a lot of similarities with the previous version, so instead of our traditional, exploratory teardown, we're going to play "spot the differences" by illustrating all the changes from the last generation.
● Quad-core Apple A6X processor
● The iPad 4 has a new model number, A1458.
● The new iPad LCD is manufactured by LG.
● 3.7 V, 43 Whr battery.
● 1.2MP Facetime HD camera, with the ability to shoot 720p HD video.
iPad 4 Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
● The LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is gone.
● The battery is not soldered to the logic board, making the replacement process a tad less difficult.
● Just like in the iPad 2 & 3, the front panel is glued to the rest of the device, greatly increasing the chances of cracking the glass when trying to remove it.
● Gobs, gobs, and gobs of adhesive hold everything in place, including the prone-to-start-a-fire-if-punctured battery.
● The LCD has foam sticky tape adhering it to the front panel, increasing chances of it being shattered during disassembly.
● You can't access the front panel's connector until you remove the LCD.
Take a look at a few images below or hit the link for the full teardown.