iPad 2 News: iFixit Team Does Teardown of iPad 2

/* Posted March 12th, 2011 at 1:28am    */
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When the guys at iFixit get a new gadget in their hands, the first thing they do is take it apart. That’s just what they’ve done with the iPad 2, and here’s what they found.

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The first thing I have to say is, don’t try this at home, kids! Even for the pros at iFixit, taking the iPad 2 apart was a daunting task, starting with a heat gun to loosen the adhesive on the front panel, and a plastic opening tool to pry it off. The iFixit crew dubbed the adhesive a “pain,” and proclaimed that an amateur would be likely to crack the front panel trying to open the iPad 2.

After removing a few screws, the LCD was lifted off to expose the iPad 2’s 3.8V, 25 Watt-hour Li-Ion Polymer battery, a slight improvement over its predecessor’s. After disconnecting a few connectors, the logic board was revealed. The ICs were in the same combination as the original iPad—Broadcom BCM5973KFBGH Microcontroller used for touchscreen?and Broadcom BCM5974 CKFBGH capacitative touchscreen controller.

The Wi-Fi board powered by the Broadcom BCM43291HKUBC chip is attached to the logic board under one of the EMI shields. A list of other chips on the logic board can be found at iFixit. Next up was prying out the battery to reveal the rear-facing camera tucked in its recess. Then the front-facing camera assembly was removed, followed by the speaker’s assembly.


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