iFixit tears down the fourth-generation Retina iPad, finds LG display

Lines are a little bit shorter than most expect from an Apple product launch, but today Apple’s new iPad lineup, the mini and fourth-generation with Retina, officially go on sale. While the new fourth-generation Retina iPad is not a whole lot different from the iPad 3 it replaced, iFixit has took apart the new iPad to find out the exact changes made on the inside.

A few things of note: iFixit found the LCD is manufactured by LG, as opposed to the likely Samsung-manufactured display found on the iPad mini. We also get a peek at the new A6X and the new Lightning connector. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t appear to have taken advantage of the potential to save space with the new connector:

Apple didn’t save any space by switching to the smaller Lightning connector (lower); rather they let the Lightning cable sit in a frame the same size as the 30-pin dock connector (upper)… We were hoping that space savings would yield bigger, better speakers. Very disappointing, indeed.

Apart from the slightly upgraded front-facing camera, most other components, such as RAM and the battery, appear to be the same as iPad 3:

  • -Hynix H2JTDG8UD2MBR 16 GB NAND Flash
  • -Apple 338S1116 Cirrus Logic Audio Codec
  • -343S0622-A1 Dialog Semi PMIC
  • -Apple 338S1077 Cirrus Logic Class D Amplifier
  • -QVP TI 261 A9P2
  • -Broadcom BCM5974 Touch Screen Controller
  • -Broadcom BCM5973A1 Touch Screen Controller
  • -Texas Instruments CD3240B0 Touch Screen Line Driver
  • -2 x 4Gb Elpida LP DDR2 = 1 GB DRAM in separate packages in a 64-bit configuration
  • -2 x Fairchild BCHAH/FDMC Voltage Regulator / Reference
  • -Murata 339S0171 Broadcom BCM4334 WiFi Module

The iPad 4 received a not-so-great repairability score of 2 out of 10. You can check out the full tear down here.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & Electrek.co. He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s Logic Pros series.