Apple iPad Air torn down, gets 2/10 repairability score
The demolition folks from iFixit went Down Under on the red-eye again to put their grubby mitts on the elegant new iPad Air, and dissect it on a Halloween night for our viewing pleasure.
The zombified iPad Air got a repairability score of 2 out of 10 possible points, and we didn't expect much more from a 0.3" (7.5mm) slate that is just 16.86 oz (478 g) of feathery for an aluminum 10-incher weight. With a powerful 64-bit A7 processor and a wretched 2048 x 1536 pixels display, you'd think the iPad air would be a power hog, but the slimmed down display panel allowed for more battery inside, to the tune of 8827 mAh, ensuring the typical 10 hours of usage we've come to expect from an iPad. Since inside the tablet is mostly battery, you'd be sad to hear that it is extremely difficult to remove it, with tons of adhesive holding everything together.
Teamed up with Chipworks, iFixit confirms a different Apple A7 chipset version is in the iPad Air, compared to the iPhone 5s, and found a Qualcomm LTE modem that ensures the record 14 LTE bands support that comes with the new Apple slate. Have a gander at the teardown details below, and watch the Halloween-themed teardown video.