New Teardown Shows Similarities Between Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad & iPad Air

Just a couple of weeks ago, Apple unveiled a new iPad that offers great specs at a very low price. However, iFixit performed a teardown that reveals Apple’s newest iPad looks very familiar under the hood.

The tablet Apple simply calls iPad, features a 64-bit A9 processor with an embedded M9 motion coprocessor and comes in two storage option: 32GB and 128GB. The 9.7-inch Retina display has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and a 264ppi. As for the camera, the iPad sports an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime HD camera. All its features are pretty impressive considering its starting price is only $329.

According to iFixit, the device looks very similar to the iPad Air except it has smaller microphone slots, no lock switch, and offers a few extra tweaks in the hardware such as Touch ID support. In the image below, you’ll be able to see the similarities between the iPad (right) and the iPad Air (left).

As for the screen, there is a Parade DP655 on the center of the display which is the same as the iPad Air. Another similarity is the LCD and digitizer are not fused together. The battery on the iPad is bigger than the iPad Air with a 32.9 Wh battery compared to the iPad Air 2’s 27.6 Wh battery.

Besides Apple’s A9 chip, the iPad has a 2x Broadcom BCM5976 touch controllers, NXP 67V04 NFC Controller, NXP 610A38 USB charging IC and an Apple/USI 339S0038 Wi-Fi module.

For those who like to make repairs on their devices, iFixit has given the device a 2 out of 10 on the company’s Repairability Score, mainly due to the LCD having a high possibility of cracking when the front panel is removed, and due to the difficulty of the battery removal.

If you’re thinking about purchasing the iPad for yourself or someone you know, this tablet is definitely worth checking out since it offers a fast processor, nice battery and a decent amount of storage for almost $330.

Source/Photo: Credit: iFixit

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