Teardown

Apple iPad WiFi + 3G Teardown by iFixit Shows Some New Tricks

Apple iPad WiFi + 3G Teardown by iFixit Shows Some New Tricks

So, now that you've seen and read up on the unboxing of the latest model of the iPad, let's take a look at iFixit's teardown of the magical, revolutionary, and 3G-enabled tablet from Apple. While the majority of it shows the same old, same old (it is, after all, an iPad), there's a few tricks that Apple was obviously holding up their sleeve for just this moment. And, just as you can see from the speed test we ran, it looks like Apple may have hit this one out of the ballpark.

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New MacBook Pro teardown reveals Core i5, modified chipsets, more

New MacBook Pro teardown reveals Core i5, modified chipsets, more

Like any new Apple product, the MacBook Pro has to go through the rite of passage that is an iFixit teardown.  The company have unleashed their usual screwdrivers, spudgers and tickling sticks and whipped open the 15-inch notebook's unibody aluminum case to reveal - in this particular model - the Intel Core i5 processor lurking inside.  While the headline changes are the CPU and GPU, iFixit found a few more modifications that are less obvious.

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Apple A4 chip dissected by Chipworks: Cortex A8 in package “sandwich”

Apple A4 chip dissected by Chipworks: Cortex A8 in package “sandwich”

iFixit's iPad teardown turned up the expected huge battery and dinky circuit boards, but of course our prime interest has been in the custom Apple A4 processor that keeps the iPad whipping along.  While we know it's ARM based, Apple have been unduly coy in spilling any other information about the 1GHz chipset; iFixit decided to send the die over to Chipworks, who specialise in taking a more forensic look at silicon.

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Motorola DROID costs $187.75 to make, claims iSuppli

Motorola DROID costs $187.75 to make, claims iSuppli

If teardowns are guilty titillation for the geek who likes to see must-have gadgets stripped to their component parts, iSuppli's versions are the respectable analysis that leave us believing we've actually learned something important afterward.  Latest across their bench is the Motorola DROID, and iSuppli reckon the Android smartphone costs Moto $179.11 in parts and a further $8.64 per handset to manufacture.

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Chumby One teardown: yep, it’s very hackable

Chumby One teardown: yep, it’s very hackable

Let this be a lesson, gadgets: no matter how cute you are, you'll still get the teardown treatment.  Notorious screwdriver-wielders iFixit have coaxed their latest device in front of the camera, and it's the Chumby One touchscreen WiFi radio/alarm clock/widget display.  The components themselves aren't too much of a mystery - after all, the Chumby team encourage such acts of hackery and modification - but there are still a few surprises lurking inside.

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