[iPad Teardown (1)] Black Parts Command Attention

Apr 16, 2010
Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad
The iPad, Apple Inc's tablet PC
The iPad, Apple Inc's tablet PC
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Inserting a flathead screwdriver into a small gap
Inserting a flathead screwdriver into a small gap
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The inside of the iPad
The inside of the iPad
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Almost all of the parts are black.
Almost all of the parts are black.
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The lithium polymer rechargeable battery
The lithium polymer rechargeable battery
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A few days have passed after the iPad, Apple Inc's tablet PC, came to our editorial room. Most of our staff used and evaluated it. As for me, I am not planning to buy it this time because I found it too heavy.

We asked engineers of device makers and parts makers to help us tear down the iPad. Their first impressions are as follows.

"This screen is beautiful."
"Sounds are good and loud enough."
"The sensitivity of the touch panel is good."
"For Japanese people, it is a little too large and heavy."
"It is difficult to hold. And that makes me feel uneasy. But this simple design is based on Apple's taste. Japanese makers would apply antiskid treatment."

Our discussion was warming up, but one of us said, "I would like to look inside the iPad."

We turned off the power and began to disassemble the iPad. Because no screws are used to joint the chassis, we inserted a flathead screwdriver into a small gap between the parts to pry open the chassis.

This was not easy. It was difficult even to insert the screwdriver. Even when we could luckily insert the first screwdriver, we had a hard time inserting another screwdriver. And the power was turned on for some reasons, interrupting our disassembly.

By using three screwdrivers inserted in the gap, two of us collaborated to pry open the chassis. With snapping sounds, it began to open little by little.

Finally, the upper chassis (on the side of the display) was removed, revealing the inside of the iPad.

"This is surprisingly neat," an engineer said. "All of the parts are black. Apple probably expected that it would be soon disassembled by mass media and made the inside look good."

The lower chassis contains two lithium polymer rechargeable batteries in the center and parts that look like a small main board and a speaker above and below the batteries. Almost all of the parts are black.

The engineers gasped at Apple's taste and proceeded to tear down each part.