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Video: Cracking Open the Apple iPad

Bill Detwiler cracks open the Apple iPad for a look at the hardware inside the Apple tablet.

At its heart, the Apple iPad may be a consumer device. But as we've seen with the iPhone, Apple's consumer devices often find a way into the corporate IT environment. So if you're going to be supporting the iPad, whether in the office or just for family and friends, knowing what's inside the device can help.  And hey, if you're like me, you just like to take things apart to satisfy your own curiosity. During this special edition of TR Dojo, I crack open the Apple iPad.

In addition to this video, TechRepublic has published an extensive photo gallery of the cracking open process and the Apple iPad's internal components. I'd like to personally thank the people at iFixit and Rapid Repair for giving us permission to use photos from their teardown galleries.

I dissected the Apple iPad in a way that allowed me to put it back together in working order. This meant that I couldn't remove every component from the metal case or front panel assembly. But, iFixit and Rapid Repair did, and you can see some of their photos in our gallery, "Cracking Open the Apple iPad."

Photo by RapidRepair.com, used with permission

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

20 comments
andiestwo5
andiestwo5

Please just tell me if any of the tablets are shop serviceable and if so what in it can be fixed or replaced ? Out of warranty IPADS of course

stant0s
stant0s

there's loads of room inside! coming soon to an ipad near you: camera, gps, usb ports! meh, i wish!

lrdcemb
lrdcemb

Cool, nice job. Thanks.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In a special edition of TR Dojo, I crack open the Apple iPad for a look at the hardware inside Apple's tablet. Video and gallery link: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1648 As you browse the gallery, you might notice that I used a few unconventional tools (like a spatula) when removing the iPad's front panel from the its metal case. These tools may not be the standard for working on electronic devices, but they did the trick. Do you have similar unconventional tools in your tool box? What are they and what job do they do?

lrdcemb
lrdcemb

Pretty interesting how heat efficient the thing is, no heat sink or anything. Bet that chip could be like super overclocked. lol

Angel_Tech
Angel_Tech

a plastic card, like a batch id, old gift card or even an old sim card. since it's plastic and has rounded corners, it doesnt damage the device at all. I've used it to crack open Ipods, cellphones, keyboards and even laptops when they have those clips you showed in the video.. my second 'tool', which nobody likes, is 'patience'.. that plays a huge part when doing this kind of things.. Cheers :)

mhall
mhall

Tin Snips. Used these on several computer cases about 10 years ago, due to part of the case covering the extra memory slots. I had opened the computer to add memory and it was impossible because part of the case was directly over the extra memory slots and only had half an inch clearance. I cut the offending piece out and was able to add more memory.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

But my primary is a 2-inch safety pin. The keys on IBM POS keyboards can break under heavy use, leaving the shaft behind. Heat the point and stick it in to pull the broken shafts out. The pointy end also works for those times you'd normally use a paper clip, but I also carry paper clips, too. Can't do a clear/reset on a Procurve switch without two of them!

MrRenegade
MrRenegade

Lets see box of Matches for Heat Shrinking, And one very unsual step. Most people use some kind of cpu burn in software for to cook the thermal grease on top of the cpu to get it even. Well Why do that when you can just lite a match and gently melt it even before you lock your HSF down? Granted the Danger of catching things on fire are there but the pay off of having a layer of thermal grease that is no thicker than paper but melted perfectly into the pores of a cpu is priceless. Oh and a Pocket Knife is by far my most Used tool for IT when dealing with Hardware. Besides my MegaPro Screw Driver :) I dunno if we can post links or not but here is one http://www.megaproscrewdrivers.com/

JCitizen
JCitizen

at least it looks just like and is built just like a hair dryer. Probably not that unconventional for most industrial control techs, but from most IT techs, I get a lot of stares! I used it for shrink-rap and soldering. Believe it or not, it works in certain situations better than a soldering iron, or propane torch, and a lot safer.

ratliffs
ratliffs

Is that the video is flash based, and I can't watch it on my iPad. :-)

SniperTech
SniperTech

Mine would have to be a paperclip!! works on just about any device to reset it, opens stripped cd-rom, and can turn on a computer when the switch doesn't work!!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Much to my consternation, you are correct. I can't watch them on the Cracking Open iPad either. TechRepublic delivers video through Flash and until Steve Jobs ends Apple's boycott of Flash, the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone will not be able to play TechRepublic videos. You can watch some of our TR Dojo videos through iTunes, but we have yet to put them all up there. Hopefully in the not-so-distant future, TechRepublic will be able to deliver video through either Flash or Quicktime and HTML5.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

You can give him a 12x12x12: a size 12 so far up his @ss, it will take 12 doctors 12 hours to get it out. :D Of course, from the sound of things, he's all @sshole, so you'll have to pick your aperture carefully... B-)

GSG
GSG

my foot up his @ss.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

has a lack of more than just patience.

GSG
GSG

Patience, absolutely not! (Just had to listen to a co-worker get reamed for 15 minutes by a Doctor who was mad because it took an extra 3 seconds to perform a task.)

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I agree with you 100 percent on the nearly unlimited usefulness of paperclips. But, I would argue that they have moved past "unconventional" into the realm of standard tech kit. :)

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