The launch of an iPad renewal seven months after its release has raised a lot of controversy. Voices crying out for abuse claiming that such a renewal was not necessary have jumped to the media. Since iFixit, they have taken a fourth-generation iPad apart to see if Apple has made any changes that would justify its purchase.
iFixit, as you all know, is a well known web site famous for opening and “gutting” every electronic device that is launched, many times even within a few hours of its release. The aim is to see and analyze its components , know its real specifications and show the rest of us the most intimate parts of our gadget .
As they say in MacRumors, if they already did the same with the iPad mini shortly after its launch, now it’s the turn of Apple’s renewed tablet to go through the iFixit scanning table, but this time the 9.7-inch model. The objective, is to try to find out if the changes of internal components justify a new design of the chassis or a new redistribution in its internal design.
Among the new features , the iPad now uses an LG branded panel , instead of betting on Samsung for its Retina screens, which was the case with iPad 3. It’s not that Samsung no longer supplies screens, but rather that Apple has diversified its market by turning to other suppliers such as Sharp or in this case LG.
Another change is seen in the device’s logic board, which is now equipped with the new quad-core A6X processor , which runs at a speed of 1.4 GHz, making use of 1 GB of RAM . Other components, such as the Broadcom controller for the touchscreen, maintain the same design as the iPad 3.
The list of components found on the motherboard are
- Apple’s own A6X SoC chip.
- Hynix H2JTDG8UD2MBR 16 GB NAND Flash memory.
- Apple 338S1116 Cirrus Logic Audio Codec.
- 343S0622-A1 Dialog Semi WCRP
- Apple 338S1077 Cirrus Logic Class D Amplifier.
- QVP TI 261 A9P2.
Apple doesn’t seem to have decided to take advantage of the space that has been generated by using the Lighting connector instead of the old 30-pin one, so in this case its inclusion cannot be excused for that reason. In fact, the new connector is embedded in the frame that accommodated the previous larger connector, so no space is gained. The biggest change from the design is on the front, in terms of the camera, which now goes from 0.3 to 1.2 megapixels , becoming known as FaceTime HD.
The interior design is maintained in broad terms , without having undergone any changes that would motivate the launch of a new generation. The reasons may be due to Apple’s intention to give a boost to its new connector, giving a touch of attention to the creators of compatible accessories, as well as to offer a more updated product because the competition is starting to improve by leaps and bounds.