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Update 4/3

We have taken apart a production iPad, with much higher resolution photos.

FCC Photo Analysis

The FCC was kind enough to show the internals of the WiFi iPad before it was released! The photos that they put up had the interesting bits hidden behind grey squares, but we were able to extract the raw files! The WiFi iPad is officially Apple model A1219, while the 3G iPad is A1337.

Apple requested this information stay concealed until August 17th. Clearly, the FCC ignored them.

Note: This is not a traditional iFixit teardown. These photos are not up to our normal quality standards, and it's quite difficult to perform analysis on the low-resolution files. We will be doing a real teardown of the iPad on April 3, the moment we get our pre-ordered units.

Update: 3G iPad

We have uncovered internal photos of the 3G iPad, which won't be released for at least a month! Starting at step 14.

Just want the highlights? Stay tuned to @ifixit for news as we unveil it.

Stap 1 iPad FCC Teardown  ¶ 

Performing analysis as we go. Please help out in the comments! To see highest resolution files, log in and you'll get a large option on each photo. One word of caution: This is likely a preproduction board, and Apple very well may have changed some suppliers since they gave the FCC a sample unit. Take this data with a grain of salt until we are able to analyze a production model tomorrow.

Stap 1 iPad FCC Teardown  ¶ 

  • Performing analysis as we go. Please help out in the comments! To see highest resolution files, log in and you'll get a large option on each photo.

  • One word of caution: This is likely a preproduction board, and Apple very well may have changed some suppliers since they gave the FCC a sample unit. Take this data with a grain of salt until we are able to analyze a production model tomorrow.

  • It looks like there is a LOT of epoxy holding these chips down to the board. More than we've seen before— Apple is really serious about durability on this thing.

  • 2x Toshiba Flash

  • Apple A4

  • Broadcom BCM5973

Stap 2  ¶ 

Bottom of logic board, with and without the EMI shield. We're very happy to report that Apple didn't solder the battery! The iPad uses the same battery attachment system as the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

Stap 2  ¶ 

  • Bottom of logic board, with and without the EMI shield.

  • We're very happy to report that Apple didn't solder the battery! The iPad uses the same battery attachment system as the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

  • It looks like this board was made by AT&S. It will be interesting to see if their marking remains in the final production board. We haven't seen Apple's PCB manufacturers brand their boards before.

Stap 3  ¶ 

This cable carries the signal from the dock connector to the logic board. Never one to waste space, Apple also managed to tack the wifi and bluetooth boards onto this cable. Like some other Apple devices we've seen, the home button is low-tech. There's two contact points that mate with pads on the display assembly. When the button is pressed, the circuit is completed.

Stap 3  ¶ 

  • This cable carries the signal from the dock connector to the logic board.

  • Never one to waste space, Apple also managed to tack the wifi and bluetooth boards onto this cable.

  • Like some other Apple devices we've seen, the home button is low-tech. There's two contact points that mate with pads on the display assembly. When the button is pressed, the circuit is completed.

  • Notably lacking from this RF/data cable is anything GPS related.

Stap 4  ¶ 

Wi-fi and Bluetooth are integrated into a single board. Broadcom has been one of Apple's favorite suppliers recently. It's possible this is the same BCM4329 chip that Apple used in the 3rd Gen Touch. Laser engraved on the cover:

Stap 4  ¶ 

  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth are integrated into a single board. Broadcom has been one of Apple's favorite suppliers recently. It's possible this is the same BCM4329 chip that Apple used in the 3rd Gen Touch.

  • Laser engraved on the cover:

  • X17B ES2.0-A4

  • APN 339S0107

  • USI 20091207

  • The bracket shown in the second picture is both a cable clip and a ground point for the WiFi/Bluetooth/cable assembly.

Stap 5  ¶ 

A shot of the speaker assembly. The dual speakers provide mono sound. Two small sealed channels direct sound toward three audio ports carved into the bottom edge of the iPad.

Stap 5  ¶ 

  • A shot of the speaker assembly.

  • The dual speakers provide mono sound. Two small sealed channels direct sound toward three audio ports carved into the bottom edge of the iPad.

  • The connector found on the speakers and other components is typical of the connectors seen in MacBook Unibody laptops. Translation: the iPad isn't that cramped for space.

Stap 6  ¶ 

The inner side of the display assembly. The part number is hard to make out, but it looks to be LP097X02. If that's correct, then the display is made by LG-Phillips.

Stap 6  ¶ 

  • The inner side of the display assembly.

  • The part number is hard to make out, but it looks to be LP097X02. If that's correct, then the display is made by LG-Phillips.

  • This is very likely the most expensive part of the iPad. It uses expensive IPS (in-plane switching) technology and is LED backlit (as opposed to the cheaper TN and CCFL backlit).

  • Display LED barcodes: 1579CN7346569 3225 LG0NJ 'GK65284221MTA', and 5091L-0942B 091214 R51 K319CED5D61R0094B2

Stap 7  ¶ 

The battery is quite obvious to pick out of this picture of the rear case (sans display assembly). The 3.75V, 24.8 watt-hour (6.5 Amp hour [!]) battery provides the juice for an advertised 10 hours of use. In contrast, the iPhone 3GS has a  4.51 watt-hour battery and the MacBook Air has a 40 watt-hour battery. The battery seems to integrate two separate 3.75V lithium polymer cells wired in parallel for such ample battery life.

Stap 7  ¶ 

  • The battery is quite obvious to pick out of this picture of the rear case (sans display assembly).

  • The 3.75V, 24.8 watt-hour (6.5 Amp hour [!]) battery provides the juice for an advertised 10 hours of use. In contrast, the iPhone 3GS has a 4.51 watt-hour battery and the MacBook Air has a 40 watt-hour battery.

  • The battery seems to integrate two separate 3.75V lithium polymer cells wired in parallel for such ample battery life.

  • The USB power supply had to be enhanced specifically for the iPad. It's a 10W unit manufactured by Foxlink Technology, Ltd., part #A1357 W010A051.

Stap 8  ¶ 

Some other markings on the battery: APN: 616-0447

Stap 8  ¶ 

  • Some other markings on the battery:

  • APN: 616-0447

  • VPN: DAK 120670-01HH00LH

  • The small black box in the second picture is one of the WiFi antennas.

  • Hopefully the WiFi reception will be decent, as the back of the iPad appears to be a single block of aluminum. In addition to the antenna mentioned above, the Apple logo in the center of the rear case also serves as a window to allow for the transmission/reception of RF signals. We saw Apple do this on the newest iMacs.

Stap 9  ¶ 

What a lonely iPad...

Stap 9  ¶ 

  • What a lonely iPad...

  • This is probably a shot inside an RF interference test lab contracted by the FCC.

  • This type of test checks compliance with part 15 of the FCC Rules and Industry Canada RSS-210: this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Stap 10  ¶ 

This shot shows the iPad connected to what is reported to be a LISN (Line Impedance Stabilization Network) used for EMI testing.

Stap 10  ¶ 

  • This shot shows the iPad connected to what is reported to be a LISN (Line Impedance Stabilization Network) used for EMI testing.

  • This appears to be the 10W USB power adapter available as an accessory from Apple in late April.

Stap 11  ¶ 

This step shows the test setup used for the Specific absorption rate report.

Stap 11  ¶ 

Stap 12  ¶ 

The iPad's model number of A1219 is interesting.

Stap 12  ¶ 

  • The iPad's model number of A1219 is interesting.

  • A1219 falls right between the 1st Gen iPod Touch (A1213) and the MacBook Pro 15" Santa Rosa (A1226).

  • We would have expected the iPad to have a model number in the A13XX range, not A12XX. It's a little tricky to read into this, but our guess: This is indicative of a longer than typical development cycle.

  • According to the FCC filing, the version that includes 3G is model A1337. Is Apple having fun with their model numbers?

Stap 13  ¶ 

Bottom side of iPad.

Stap 13  ¶ 

  • Bottom side of iPad.

  • Hate how grainy/terrible these FCC pictures are? Upset that your tax dollars are not being spent on producing quality images of gadget guts? Tune in tomorrow as we tear apart the iPad in 12.3 Megapixel awesomeness.

Stap 14 iPad 3G Photos  ¶ 

This leaked FCC photo is the communications board from the iPad 3G. It's not linked from the primary FCC page for the 3G. Parts:

Stap 14 iPad 3G Photos  ¶ 

Stap 15  ¶ 

There is a Broadcom part on the top-left side, but the FCC's photo isn't large enough to identify it.

Stap 15  ¶ 

  • There is a Broadcom part on the top-left side, but the FCC's photo isn't large enough to identify it.

  • Along the right are three TriQuint power amplifiers: TQM616035A, TQM666032B, and TQM676031A. These are the same three chips that Apple used in the iPhone 3G nearly 2 years ago.

Stap 16  ¶ 

A shot of the 3G communications board. The connector is 25 pins total; a group of 15 and a group of 10. Unfortunately, no, this doesn't mean you just drop this card into your iPad to add 3G. The 3G connectivity requires extra antennas and a modified rear casing.

Stap 16  ¶ 

  • A shot of the 3G communications board.

  • The connector is 25 pins total; a group of 15 and a group of 10.

  • Unfortunately, no, this doesn't mean you just drop this card into your iPad to add 3G. The 3G connectivity requires extra antennas and a modified rear casing.

Stap 17  ¶ 

The iPad 3G has a black plastic strip along the top edge of the rear case for transmission of signals. The large black plastic piece at the top of this picture is the 3G antenna assembly.

Stap 17  ¶ 

  • The iPad 3G has a black plastic strip along the top edge of the rear case for transmission of signals. The large black plastic piece at the top of this picture is the 3G antenna assembly.

  • The odd looking structure boxed in red is what the 3G chip and possibly the logic board are fastened to. It is resistance welded to the rear case and probably serves as a ground point for the boards attached to it.

Stap 18  ¶ 

The GPS antenna is attached to the backside of the display assembly. It is the gold foil piece seen near the top of the picture.

Stap 18  ¶ 

  • The GPS antenna is attached to the backside of the display assembly. It is the gold foil piece seen near the top of the picture.

  • The display data cable connector is the same style used in all of the new Unibody MacBooks.