Cracking open the Apple iPad 3G

Apple iPad 3G: Back

A black, plastic strip runs across the top of the Apple iPad 3G. One of the cellular antennas and the device's GPS antenna are mounted behind this "RF window."

Photo credit: Bill Detwiler/TechRepublic


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...


Obviously Apple will use some sort of specialized tool for removing the glass, probably some sort of suction cup combined with a frame to grip the metal rim--not too different from a watchmaker's tool for inserting and removing the crystal face of the watch. As your own photos show, it's going to be almost impossible to open one of these to replace the batteries (or whatever) without leaving a mark. If you're a technician, I strongly recommend getting the right tools for the job; I've seen too many 'hack jobs' done by amateurs running repair shops. I'm not saying any readers here are amateurs, but I'm sure everyone here knows of someone like that.

Although BD seems to have a lot of interest in the antenna this article (disappointedly) shows what the title says: "cracking open"


Excellent pics and explanations. I am wondering when there will be the need for repairs to these devices. I am ready to start when the need arises.


did you note the make and model of the batteries and check if they are available to us techies who Don't work for Apple? you know in a few months after the warranties wear off we will be asked to fix these things ....

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The battery assembly has the following markings: Model No.: A1315 3.74V 24.8Whr APN: 616-0478 VPN: 969TA028H