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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 Mini 5 Teardown Shows Low Repairability, Components from Older iPads

By Radu Iorga

The iPad Mini 5 started shipping to customers over the past weekend and we’re expecting the first reviews to pop up any minute now. There should also be the occasional bend test and there’s already a teardown here, courtesy of iFixit. The device is proving very hard to repair, albeit not as hard as the AirPods 2, which have been deemed impossible to fix.

Turns out that the new iPad Mini isn’t exactly hugely different from its predecessor, since it looks pretty much the same. It also feels a bit like a small iPad Air and includes components from previous iPads. It’s been 4 years since the last iPad Mini and we thought a new one wouldn’t happen. The iFixit team has opened the machine to find inside a 19.32 Wh battery, which is the same capacity as the iPad Mini4 battery.

There’s also novelty, like the 7 megapixel F/2.2 camera, borrowed from the 10.5 inch iPad Pro. That’s quite the upgrade from the previous smaller iPad. Then we find the Apple A12 CPU inside, which still keeps the iPhone XS and XS Max on top of the benchmark lists. A new microphone array has been moved near the selfie cam and there are also new ambient light sensors that support the True Tone feature, adjusting the white balance of the screen based on the surrounding light.

 

The repairability score is 2 out of 10, because there’s a ton of adhesive, particularly for the battery part. Still, the good news is that you only need a single Philips screwdriver to pop up the screws. The battery replacement is very hard, there’s adhesive everywhere and removing the Home button is quite hard, in order to replace the screen. Adhesive also holds cables and parts into place, making things harder.

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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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iPad Pro Teardown Reveals Product is Hard to Repair, But Battery is Easy to Remove

By Radu Iorga

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Since the iPad Pro hit the shops, it’s time for the usual teardowns to appear, with the one pictured below done by iFixit. They took apart the latest iPad to see what makes it tick and found it to be quite hard to repair.

For one thing the Smart Connector port is almost impossible to replace, but the good news is that it includes no moving parts, so it won’t fail too soon. A piece of bad news is that the LCD and front panel glass are fused together, thus increasing the cost of repair and the risk of damaging the panel when opening up the slate. There’s quite a bit of adhesive holding this device into place and this also makes repairs harder.

 

The best thing about the iPad Pro is its removable battery, not soldered to the logic board. This iPad relies on a 3.77 V battery with a 10307 mAh capacity and also being very slim and compact. We also learn that foam is being used to cap the speaker units and SK Hynix makes the RAM inside the product, while Toshiba handles the storage. Overall, this model scores 3 out of 10 for repairability, so it’s not easy to repair.

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iPad Mini 4 Teardown Shows Apple A8 CPU Inside, 2 GB of RAM and a Battery Much Smaller Than the Predecessor’s

By James A.

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Apple has always been secretive about the specs of its devices, especially when it comes to core numbers, clock speeds and RAM quantity. That’s why we have to rely on teardowns and benchmarks to learn something about freshly launched Apple phones or tablets. Today thanks to iFixit we learn a thing or two about the iPad Mini 4.

The device was announced on September 9th, together with the iPad Pro and thanks to the teardown we now know it comes with an Apple A8 processor. That was also confirmed by a previous benchmark from Ars Technica and it appears this chip is a bit faster than the same model present on the iPhone 6. The really interesting discovery here is the battery, much smaller than the one of the iPad Mini 3.

While the previous iPad Mini had a 6,471 mAh battery, the new one adopts a 5,124 mAh and the difference between the two is good enough to make a handset’s battery. In spite of that Apple claims the two models offer similar battery life. We’ll see… In the meantime iFixit gave the iPad Mini 4 a 2 out of 10 rating for repairability, on account of its fused LCD and glass panel and the big quantity of adhesive used.

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