New iPad Launches, Lands on iFixIt's Operating Table

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RandomInt

"a quad-core graphics engine"

What does that mean? I don't recall ever reading a review of a graphics card in which it described the number of cores this way.

"is supposedly four times faster than Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip"

Are they referring to the GPU part of the processor or the CPU? Or are they referring to both? I'm skeptical...

@majorsuave: The iPad3 actually quadruples the number of pixels on the display. I was hoping they wouldn't do that because it requires so much more processing power.

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Paul_Lilly

The A5X processor in the new iPad is a System on Chip (SoC) with two CPU cores and four GPU cores. And yes, the claim about the A5X being four times faster than Tegra 3 is in regards to graphics.

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Havok

The battery on this thing.... well let's just say this could become an explodey little device...

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LatiosXT

The innards is mostly battery by volume. o_O

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LatiosXT

*this is a double post*

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TechLarry

Repairability score. Now there's a score no average iPad user could go without !

The automatic transmission in my truck is pretty hard to repair too. I guess it should get a 2/10 as well.

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Paul_Lilly

That's not really a fair comparison. The iPad is a portable electronic device which, like many Apple products, are typically much more difficult to service than competing devices, even for something as simple as swapping out the battery. In this specific case, even if you're good with disassembly, there's a higher-than-usual risk of cracking the screen.

Comparing the iPad to a truck transmission is like, well, comparing an iPad to a truck transmission.

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chaosdsm

Well said Paul.

As a potential purchaser of a new iPad 4G, and the owner of a computer repair shop, information like this is invaluable to know before hand. I often take on & complete repair jobs that other shops turn down or fail at. Thanks to this article & the accompanying guide from iFixit, I now know that if a customer brings me an iPad, it's better for me to tell that customer "sorry, there's nothing I can do for you, you'll have to send it to an authorized Apple repair shop"

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majorsuave

"is supposedly four times faster than Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip"

It is 4 times faster but since it has to push 6 times more pixels it still feels slower :/

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