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iPad Air (2019) Teardown Reveals Bigger Battery Than iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 10.5 Similarities

By James A.

Yesterday we showed you a teardown of the iPad Mini 5, courtesy of iFixit and today the other new tablet gets taken apart. I’m talking about the iPad Air (2019), that seems to have a few surprises for us. Let’s see what the iFixit teardown unveiled.

Also known as the iPad Air 3, this device was unveiled last month with the iPad Mini 5. Just like that device, it gets a 2 out of 10 repairability score, meaning it’s quite hard to repair. Inside iFixit found a larger capacity battery compared to its predecessors. It also plays nicely with the Apple Pencil, just so you know.

The teardown also revealed some similarities to the discontinued iPad Pro 10.5 inch. The device gets the Smart Connector, the dimensions and other major features from the 10.5 inch iPad Pro launched in 2017. It has a new Space Gray color option, no camera bump and two speakers compared to the four of the iPad Pro.

 

iPad Air (2018) has a dual cell 30.8 Whr battery compared to the 27.6 Wh unit on the iPad Air 2. It also beats the 30.2 Wh battery from the iPad Pro. The engineers from iFixit also found that the new iPad Air has an internal layout similar to the iPad Pro models and the central logic board is also similar. On the positive side of things, the device only needs a single Philips screwdriver to take care of all the screws and many components are modular, so they can be replaced independently.

But then again battery replacement is very hard and everything is glued with large gobs of adhesive. The Lightning port is soldered to the logic board.

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iPad Pro (2018) 11 inch Model Gets iFixit Teardown, Adhesive Galore

By James A.

It’s time to talk about the iPad Pro (2018) again, this time with some details about the innards of the devices. iFixit is on the case, having down a teardown of the device to see what’s inside. Spoiler: there’s a lot of glue.

They handled the 11 inch iPad Pro and took it apart, as the pics shown here reveal. It all started by removing the display from the tablet and the first thing that came up was the set of audio components from the iPad Pro: four woofers and four tweeters. The speakers and logic board cover stopped access to the iPad Pro A12X Bionic CPU, but in the end iFixit was able to access the full logic board.

On that board they found the Apple A12X Bionic CPU, 64 GB of flash storage made by Toshiba and also 4 GB of RAM (Micron made). There’s also an NFC controller, the Apple WiFi/Bluetooth module and two Broadcom touchscreen controllers. There’s also good news as the new iPad’s battery is easier to fix and replace compared to the previous gen slates.

 

The reason is that Apple is using those stretch-release battery tabs again, with a total of 6 U-shaped strips. The problem is that iFixit also found a lot of adhesive on the left side of the battery. The Face ID components are similar to the iPhone X ones, but only with some form factor changes. All in all the device scored a 3 out of 10 for ease of repairability, definitely not a flattering grade.

Bonus points were scored for the lack of physical Home button and the modular USB Type-C port. Of course the teardown revealed an impressive number of magnets as well. iFixit also took apart the Apple Pencil, discovering a wireless charging coil, battery, alignment magnets and Broadcom touch controller. A potential capacitive grid was also found, which may be a sign that more gestures are coming.

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Microsoft Surface Go Teardown Gets Worst Score Ever From iFixit; Very Hard to Repair

By James A.

Microsoft’s latest device, the Surface Go has started selling this week in the USA and as expected it was put through a variety of tests. One of them failed heavily, as the device was put through a teardown by iFixit. They took apart the machine and gave it a score of 1 out of 10 for repairability.

There are multiple problems here, like the fact that the lack of upgradability will limit its lifespan. iFixit also found that the lack of modularity will make repairs very expensive. The adhesive is used in generous amounts for the display and battery, perhaps even more than other devices, more than the iPad even. Finally, if you want to replace any part you will need to remove the screen assembly and that may cause damage.

It’s also a pretty expensive component to replace. The Microsoft Surface Go 2 in 1 tablet went on sale in USA and Canada priced at $399 and if you’re going for manual repairs, it’s not going to be easy. One can only hope that the product won’t have many problems or reasons to go through repairs. iFixit found that there’s a long display cable that allows a pretty smooth removal of the display.

 

However, there’s also electromagnetic shielding that protects the screen’s ZIF connector and makes the process more challenging. The battery unit is annoyingly hard to remove on account of massive adhesive gobs used here. Expect a ton of shields, tape and screws holding down the motherboard. It’s as if Microsoft wanted to make the device unfixable and un-upgradable…

We also learned that the device has no heat pipes to dissipate heat from the components crammed inside. It relies on a thermal paste and copper shield for that purpose. Will these affect your buying intentions?

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