Apple iPad 2 Teardown
With the release of the 2nd generation iPad, Apple hopes to remain king of the tablet/slate PC market. The iPad 2 is thinner, lighter, and faster than the original Apple iPad. It also has front- and rear-facing cameras. Inside the iPad 2 are chips from Samsung, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, and more. Follow along as I crack open the Apple iPad 2 in this TR Dojo Teardown gallery.
And if you're thinking about buying on of the new iPads, check out Jason Hiner's article, "Apple iPad 2: Who should buy and who should pass."
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OMG! What a technical repair nightmare! I had a customer call the other day with a broken home button. I'm glad I sent them to an authorized Apple dealer. Isn't there an easier way to crack the case without harming it?
There are typos in this article. If you can't see the content through a misspelling or two, please stop reading. This is gratuitous naked hardware. If you don't see the point, please do not waste your time clicking through 70 images. This is here because, for various reasons, some of us find this information fascinating and can't or won't tear it apart ourselves. Better to do it once for everyone, no? That about cover it?
What is the point of teardown? Are we being mechanical engineers here? Who in the world wants to tear apart a good looking product and keep bragging about it? Everyone's waste of time if you're subscribed to the newsletter also.
''Useless Silly Boring'' is so Negative. Possibly describes the Author. I happen to find the 'Teardown' so detailed that I can say it was the Best Tuition that I could have had other than disassembling it myself. Well Done!! Congratulations on getting it up and running. Very informative. Keep them coming.
Interesting to see much of it is glued together, the price of smaller and lighter, I suppose. I won't be taking mine apart.....
does the ipad 2 have a USB- seems to me. it is virtually useless abroad-if one needsto uploa pictures to n nline storage. any suggestions? Isit only good forinternet use? ad how would one use it without a keyboard?
You don't. By the time the Battery needs replacing, Rev 6 will be out and the it will be year 2017 - so it will be a collectors item. I still have a Rev 1 iPhone, gave it to my son, 2 years ago and the Battery still good. Hope this helps
I find the teardowns very interesting, from the up to minute stuff like the iPad 2, back to my first computer, the Sinclair ZX 81, so please keep them coming! There's more to computing than software, so if you're not interested in hardware, don't bother reading them! For the rest of us they are at the very least an enjoyable history lesson or a complete "How to" guide, or in the case of the iPad 2, why you might not want to!
Here's a photo I snapped of Bill putting it back together: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonhiner/5529467071/
The iPads have 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth that allow uploading and transfers, and there's an optional SD/CF card reader that connects to the dock connector. There's an on-screen keyboard, you can use Bluetooth keyboards (including foldable portable ones), or Apple's dock keyboard (which is difficult to connect with almost all cases installed - except for Apple's magical new magnetic cover, of course! ;) ) Go to an Apple store (overseas on 25 March for the iPad2) and have an employee (or, many customers there know as much) show you how to do any of these things (most of the iPad2 is the same as the iPad1) - you'll be paying for the support if you buy any of their products, and you can go back and get more help as often as you need at no extra charge. Try that wherever you might buy a Xoom, Galaxy Tab, etc. (i.e., a cell carrier's den of iniquity populated by mostly clueless newbs, whom are paid proportional to their lack of expertise).
The aluminum cases are milled from cast solid chunks of metal using CNC (computer numerical controlled) machines - that process alone is pretty magical, much less the new iPad2 cover!
"Wow, no heat sink?" These chips are sipping power a lot more than they used to, and that's a big deal. However, in fairness, there have been complaints that the iPad 2 gets a little hot: http://mashable.com/2011/03/14/ipad-upgrade/
Otherwise, excellent photos and tear-down. BTW, if you're going to type in chip numbers, you might as well look up what their function is, or deduce it from their position on the boards relative to other components. Aren't you supposed to be a tech? Sure, you were on a deadline, but, it's been almost four days, now - you must have had some sleep to go back and correct/embellish your text, by now! ;)
I haven't had any problems with my ipad2 getting hot, maybe I'm not on it long enough. My keys are sticking or they'll miss which is annoying.
Such a strong heat right next to it. Normally on a laptop, the hot stuff is kept away from the battery. It might have been smart of them to drop in a small heat conductor and attach it to the back panel and use the case itself as a large heat sink.