Cracking Open the Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air teardown

The iPad Air is the thinnest and lightest version of Apple's full-size tablet. It also has a faster processor, better front-facing camera, a completely flip flopped internal layout, and lots of other hardware updates.

In this Cracking Open gallery, I show you how to get inside the device and give you a tour of the redesigned interior. For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video, iPad Air teardown reveals significant internal design changes.

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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...


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bobcglewis, you're missing the point.  I love these things.  I have taken stuff apart many times just to see how it's made and put together, but never anything as expensive as an ipad ar a Samsung Galaxy cell phone.  You obviously have no interest in the inner workings of these devices, you just want someone to rescue you from your random acts of stupidity.  Dropping a tablet in the bath????   C'mon, maaaan!  If you have no interest, quit wasting you time looking at them.


Is there something I'm missing but watching you dismantle phones has all the excitement of watching paint dry.

All the 'bits' look the same for all models and since most of them are not upgradeable or replaceable - even to batteries, I don't really see the point.

Really helpful stuff would be around how one can recover functionality after dropping a tablet in the bath or spilling a pint of beer over it!