Apple is at it again, trying to win over the workforce with yet another iPad Pro (this time with a brand-new 10.5" screen size). We expect to see Apple put points on the board with some silicon slam dunks, but what else puts this Pro in the big leagues?
● Apple launched a new model number, giving us a fresh A1701.
● Yesteryear's iPad Pro 9.7" measured in at 9.4" x 6.6", while the new Pro is 9.8" x 6.8". (And at 0.24", they are both equally thin.)
● Apple put the display cables right down the center, out of harm's way.
● All the connecting cables are hiding out under this overturned speaker chamber.
● 3.77 V, 8134 mAh, 30.8 Wh battery
Repairability Score: 2 out of 10
● While not soldered in place, the battery is very solidly adhered—no more pull tabs like we saw in the iPad Pro 12.9".
● 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 photos below and hit the link for the entire tear down.