While most of us are waiting for tomorrow to arrive like a bunch of chumps, the iFixit guys have cheated time itself by flying to Australia to get their hands on the new iPad in the first country to publicly launch it, solely so they could rip it apart like a bunch of savages. As usual, the iFixic guys have some great commentary throughout the process of dismantling Apple's new tablet.
Oh goodness! It's so beautiful! Even turned off, the 2048×1536 pixel "Retina Display" seems to radiate with colors one could not even begin to imagine. ... As we lift the LCD, we hear the cries of 3,145,728 pixels being removed from their homes inside the iPad 3.
So what did they find out after tearing the new iPad apart? For one, the display connector is incompatible with the iPad 2, so you can nix those crazy ideas of ordering a 3rd.-gen iPad display and replacing the one in your current unit. As suspected, it looks like Samsung is manufacturing the displays. Despite being benchmarked at the identical 1 GHz speed as the iPad 2, the A5X processor can apparently handle an extra 200 MHz of speed. Here are the chips on the back of the logic board, for those of you interested in the technical nitty-grity:
- Texas Instruments CD3240 driver device
- Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n MAC/Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS and FM Transceiver
- Two Elpida LP DDR2. Each package is 512 Mbyte for a total of 1 Gbyte
- Qualcomm PM8028 Power Management IC
- Toshiba ZX0730 1123KLD
- Qualcomm RTR8600 multi-band/mode RF transceiver for LTE bands (under the thermal pad)
- Broadcom BCM5973 I/O controller
It looks like the teardown is currently ongoing, so we'll keep an eye out for any additional juicy details.