Today, November 1, the iPad Air started to be sold in a huge list of countries: United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece , Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, nothing has been reported yet when the new tablet arrives in Brazil.
As we know, when a gadget was launched, the repair company iFixit run to put your hands on a unit in order to dismantle it as soon as possible and it couldn't be different with iPad Air!
To recapitulate the novelties of this beauty: it is 20% thinner, 28% lighter and has 24% less volume than the fourth generation iPad, it has the same Retina screen as always (9.7 inches; 2048 × 1536 pixels of resolution; 264ppp), A7 processor (dual-core, 64-bit) and M7 motion coprocessor, iSight camera (5 megapixel rear) and 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD (front), support for 14 4G (LTE) bands including our Brazilian, 16GB, 32GB capacities, 64GB and 128GB, among other things.
The new model identified by code A1475.
Now there are two microphones to reduce / cancel noise.
Detail of the new volume buttons, which are now separated (as in the iPad mini).
And, of course, the stereo speaker, which also looks exactly the same as the smaller iPad.
As always, Apple uses a lot of adhesive to fix the screen of the device housing.
Inside, small screws to make things even more difficult.
Task done, we got the iPad Air battery. It is smaller than that found on the fourth generation iPad (two cells of 3.73V, 32.9WHr vs. three cells of 43WHr). However, due to the A7's optimizations, Apple promises the same battery life.
The display (from LG, model LP097QX2) is exactly the same as the previous iPad, which is surprising, considering that the iPad Air is only 7.5mm thick against 9.4mm of the fourth generation model. In addition, the display remains separate from the glass, which iFixit has classified as a breath, a spirit of reparability in which a device so difficult to do maintenance.
Here, the Initial button cable (Home) in detail. From what iFixit saw, the interior of the iPad Air looks a lot like a mini.
And take more adhesive, now adding the battery to the housing.
Although the SIM card tray is glued to the frame (more stickers!), IFixit liked to see that it is separate from the logic board, which is a good thing for repairability.
Detail of the logic board.
Here's what we have in it: A7 processor (APL5698), a little different than what equips iPhones 5s (APL0698), 1GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM from Elpida (F8164A1MD), 16GB Toshiba NAND Flash (THGBX2G7B2JLA01), M7 movement coprocessor (NXP1 LPC1) ), Among other things.
Above, the Lightning connector.
Little by little, the carcass becomes completely empty
But getting to that point is not at all easy, and because of that, iFixit gave a 2/10 score for the repairability of the iPad Air the same as that of the fourth generation iPad. For more details of teardown, visit the iFixit website.