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iPad Air Torn Open, Tough to Repair on Your Own

by Todd Haselton | November 1, 2013November 1, 2013 8:00 am PDT

Apple’s iPad Air launches today and iFixit took out the toolkit and tore it open to reveal the innards. We already knew about most of the hardware, such as the 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 display, the dual-core 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion-tracking coprocessor. Still, iFixit reveals that the 16GB of NAND flash stroage is provided by Toshiba, and Elpida provides the RAM. Qualcomm’s M9616M LTE processor is on board, too.

You’ll want to take a visit to Apple if you ever need a repair, however, since iFixit suggests most repairs will be far too difficult to do on your own. The tablet received a repairability score of 2/10, primarily because the front pabel is glued to the device, which means you might crack the panel if you try to fix it yourself. iFixit also dinged the tablet for using so much glue and said it was “the most difficult battery removal procedure we’ve seen in an iPad.”

Thankfully Apple typically has top notch support, so there’s still good reason to be excited about its fastest iPad yet.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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