Date: Monday, May 3rd, 2010, 04:22
Category: iPad, News
If a new Apple product comes out, you tear it apart and report the findings.
The cool cats at iFixit did exactly this by performing a full teardown of Apple’s newly-released iPad 3G tablet, which went on sale in the U.S. on Friday. Per the report, the following discoveries were made:
– The immediate visible difference is the inclusion of a black plastic RF window on top of the iPad for better antenna reception.
– The black RF window significantly changes the opening procedure. You cannot start separating the display using the notches on the top (à la the Wi-Fi version), since that will undoubtedly break the RF window. You have to start from the right side and gingerly proceed to the top and bottom of the iPad.
– There are actually FIVE antennas in this iPad.
– Two antennas handle the cell reception — one is in the RF window on top, the other attaches to the LCD frame.
– A single GPS antenna is also housed in the RF window on top.
– Just like the iPad Wi-Fi, there are two antennas that handle Wi-Fi / Bluetooth connectivity, one in the Apple logo and another to the left of the dock connector.
– Apple looks to be using the entire LCD frame as an antenna. This approach draws parallels the company’s decision to also mount a wireless antenna to the frame of the optical drive on its new MacBook Pro notebooks.
– Apple uses the same 3G baseband processor in both the iPhone 3GS and the iPad 3G.
– The baseband processor in question is the Infineon 337S3754 PMB 8878 X-Gold IC. It was actually white-labeled on the production unit, but with enough sleuthing iFixIt was able to confirm its true identity.
– The iPad 3G has a Broadcom BCM4750UBG Single-Chip AGPS Solution, whereas the iPhone 3GS uses an Infineon Hammerhead II package.
– Apple did not change any major suppliers between manufacturing the pre-production unit they provided the FCC and their final production run.