iPad 2 problems with teardown

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What’s really inside the gadgets we buy? This is a question that ifixit love to answer by taking apart the latest technology, and this includes the 2nd generation Apple iPad.

Some problems were experienced with the iPad 2 teardown, when ifixit tried to remove the glass front panel they found no screws, and instead were met with a lot of adhesive that keeps the front glass in place. While the website points out that you shouldn’t use their guide as disassembly instructions, if anyone does then they might want to wait until a solution is found for the iPad 2’s front glass problem.

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Apple’s tablet received a repairability score of 4 out of 10, which was due to the difficulty of gaining access to the internals. You can view the full iPad 2 teardown in their article here, which shows the original iPad’s glass and LCD thinness at 3.2 mm, compared to the iPad 2 at 2.4 mm.

Other components inside the iPad 2 include: ST Micro LIS331DLH accelerometer, ST Micro AGD8 2103 gyroscope, S6T2MLC N33C50V Power Management IC, Broadcom BCM43291HKUBC Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM tuner combo chip, Texas Instruments CD3240B0 11AZ4JT touchscreen line driver, Broadcom BCM5974 CKFBGH capacitative touchscreen controller, Broadcom BCM5973KFBGH Microcontroller, and Toshiba TH58NVG7D2FLA89 16GB NAND Flash.

Ifixit point out that the thinner glass in iPad 2 could “reduce the durability of the device”, although this is yet to be confirmed. Read the full report and let us know your thoughts about this iPad 2 teardown, and if you’ve got your hands on one, what do you think so far?

You can see a video of the teardown below.

View all photos and full iPad 2 teardown on ifixit.com