We’ve been digging through the cornucopia of Apple’s fall lineup, and today, we're thankful to have the last morsel on our teardown table. We’re wrapping up in the biggest way we can—with the iPad Pro, Apple’s response to the Surface Pro (which was Microsoft’s response to the iPad). Will the new high-end hybrid please repair professionals, or will the iPad Pro prohibit repairs?
● Fully laminated, 12.9" Multi-Touch LCD with a 2,732 × 2,048 resolution at 264 ppi and anti-reflective coating
● 3rd generation 64-bit A9X chip paired with M9 motion coprocessor
● Self-balancing, four-speaker audio
● 8-megapixel 1080p rear-facing iSight camera + 1.2-megapixel 720p front-facing FaceTime HD camera
● 802.11a/b/g/n/ac MIMO Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2
● Touch ID fingerprint sensor + 3-axis gyro + accelerometer + barometer + ambient light sensor
● 32 GB or 128 GB on-board storage
● Smart Connector supports Apple's own Smart Keyboard as well as third-party accessories that transfer power and data, like keyboards and docking stations.
● Based on our measurements, the speaker enclosures occupy about half as much space as the battery.
● Lightning connector soldered to logic board.
● 3.77 V battery weighs in at 10307 mAh
iPad Pro Repairability Score: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
● The battery is not soldered to the logic board, and can now be removed with adhesive tabs, greatly simplifying battery removal.
● The Smart Connector port is virtually impossible to replace—but incorporates no moving parts and is unlikely to fail.
● The LCD and front panel glass are fused together. This slightly simplifies the opening procedure.
● The fused front panel increases the cost of screen repair, and the risk of damaging the LCD when opening.
● Gobs of adhesive hold everything in place making all repairs more difficult.
Take a look at a few pics below or hit the link for the full teardown.