iPad 3 Teardown Reveals Samsung Manufactured Retina Display And A5X Processor [Photos]
Before the launch of new 3rd generation iPad we saw numerous leaked images of alleged iPad 3 parts but it was really hard to comment on the authenticity of those images at that time. Now that iPad 3 is available legally in some parts of the world, team iFixtit was all set to tear it apart to confirm everything, they were the first one in line to get their hands on Apple’s latest third generation iPad in Melbourne Australia. After getting a 16GB 4G version of iPad 3 iFixit team headed to MacFixit’s lab in Australia to do the most amazing nasty job ever– tearing iPad 3 in to pieces.
So yeah, let’s start from the pretty basic stuff, iPad 3 is carrying a dual core 1GHz A5X processors which is manufactured by Samsung (WoW Samsung!). The new iPad’s heavily debated high resolution Retina display panel is manufactured by Samsung yup no Sharp no LG just Samsung. Digging a little further reveals that the new iPad has 1GB of RAM which was already confirmed by benchmark results published by Tinhte.
Wow these are a lot of colorful chips on the board! Here are the details:
- Texas Instruments CD3240 driver device
- Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n MAC/baseband/radio with integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS and FM transceiver
- 2 x 4Gb Elpida LP DDR2 = 1 GB DRAM in separate packages in a 64-bit configuration
- Fairchild FDMC 6683
- Broadcom BCM5973 I/O controller
- Broadcom BCM5974 microprocessor
- Apple 338S0987 B0LI1150 SGP
Nathan over The Verge discussed the battery of new iPad in details here’s what he concluded:
A careful look at the battery label reveals that it’s a 43Whr battery with an 11,560mAh capacity — despite Apple’s site listing it as a 42.5Whr battery. The battery consists of three 12.5cm x 6.5cm cells, each 4mm thick, and spans almost the entire width and breadth of the iPad. Curiously, each of the cells are labelled as 14.6Whr, which gives another rating of 43.8Whr — confusing stuff. Battery density looks to be almost identical to that of the unit found in the iPad 2 — it’s the huge size of the new cells that’s made the difference here.
If you want to enjoy the complete teardown process you can head over to this link for more images and teeny tiny information.
March madness is still on and we will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!