Apple iPad 2 Teardown: A Sticky Problem

Since the Apple iPad 2 was finally released in a blaze of publicity on Friday we’ve told of the delay for online orders already, and also reports of a couple of defects that people have spotted. Now though it’s time for a look at a full teardown of the device and a close look at what exactly makes up the iPad 2.

As usual our teardown comes from the iFixit team who are experts in this field so please don’t take this as instructions to have a go yourself. Especially with this teardown in particular, as iFixit point out that the new front panel on this iPad is extremely difficult to remove and it was very hard for them to get into the thing without breaking the glass. For those who don’t already know, the iPad 2 has a 1GHz Apple A5 dual-core processor and a 9.7-inch LED-backlit screen. It was also ascertained in the teardown that it has 512MB of RAM.

As mentioned previously the fact that the front panel is held on with liberal amounts of adhesive instead of clips proved to be a sticky problem but with some very careful work iFixit managed to surmount this. The teardown goes on to look at the 3.8V battery with 25 Watt-hours as opposed to the 24.8 Watt-hours for the original iPad. This is only a very slight difference and so iFixit notes that any enhanced performance has to come from software and hardware improvements.

Then the disassembly goes on to expose the Wi-Fi board and logic board and its various notable chips such as the Toshiba TH58NVG7D2FLA89 16GB NAND Flash, Broadcom BCM5973KFBGH Microcontroller and Broadcom BCM5974 CKFBGH capacitative touchscreen controller. Moving on we get to see the rear camera, volume control, gyroscope and accelerometer and then we see the front camera assembly with headphone jack and microphone and finally the speakers. If you want to check out the step-by-step teardown with more pictures head to the iFixit link above.

At the conclusion of the teardown iFixit gives the iPad 2 a repairability factory of 4 out of 10 (with 10 being the best). The low score for the iPad 2 has a lot to do with the front panel now being glued down which makes access so much harder than with the original iPad. However once inside standard Phillips screws are evident. IFixit also told us that there’s some interesting stuff to come about the magnets in the iPad 2 which they are investigating further so we hope to bring you news on that very soon.

You may also be interested in our information roundup and also our reviews roundup about the iPad 2, which pretty consistently rated the device as a bit hit. For more on the iPad 2 check out the product pages here at Apple.com. What are your thoughts on the iPad 2 teardown? Let us know with your comments.