It doesn't matter if you've been living under a rock or have taken refuge in a cave far removed from civilization, chances are you probably still knew today is the day Apple's new iPad goes on sale. Love or hate all things Apple, the Cupertino company is a master at marketing and creating frenzied product launches. But we're not here to stroke Apple's marketing genius, we want to give you a heads up that iFixIt has torn into the new iPad, laying bare all of the internal components.
Externally, the new iPad looks nearly identical to the iPad 2, albeit it's slightly thicker and heavier. The big change is the Retina Display with its 2048x1536 screen resolution, which works out to over 3 million pixels. An A5X processor with a quad-core graphics engine pushes all those pixels and is supposedly four times faster than Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip. There's also an upgraded 5MP rear-facing camera, and of course the much ballyhooed 4G LTE support that's now baked into the new iPad.
As for tearing it down and doing your own in-home repairs, the device earned a miserable 2/10 'Repairability Score' from iFixIt teardown analysis.
"Just like its predecessor, the new iPad is very difficult to disassemble," iFixIt notes in its teardown worklog. "Adhesive secures the glass to the case, making common repairs and battery replacement difficult."
iFixIt also noted "gobs, gobs, and gobs of adhesive" through the entire design and said that foam sticky tape adhering the LCD ups the odds that you'll crack or shatter the screen when taking it apart. Not surprising for an Apple device, which are notoriously hard to work on, and iFixIt has found it so frustrating to service iPad devices that it decided to retroactively downgrade the iPad 2's Repairability Score to 2/10 as well, a first in iFixIt history.