Following the managed destruction of the Mac mini and the MacBook Air, iFixit turned its gaze to the brand new 11-inch iPad Professional. Its teardown reveals numerous adhesive, much more magnets, and only some surprises inside the latest Apple pill.
Unsurprisingly, the super-narrow bezels make the brand new iPad Professional more durable to get into than the earlier fashions. Awkwardly positioned show ribbons make eradicating the show tougher, however beneath it we discover the same old suspects: the logic board, audio system, TrueDepth digital camera array, and batteries, to call just a few parts.
The brand new iPad Professional must be an leisure powerhouse because of a complete of eight audio system, composed of 4 woofers and 4 tweeters. Mix these with the Liquid Retina show with a 120Hz refresh price, and you’ve got a stellar music and video consumption system. Nonetheless, the audio system proved not possible to take away with out destroying a portion of them, because of their housings being carved into the aluminum case. Magnets additionally stay underneath the audio system, and people are only a fraction of the magnets current contained in the iPad Professional.
iFixit notes that the TrueDepth array—made up of the dot projector, ambient gentle sensor, IR digital camera, and different sensors—seems just like the one inside the latest iPhones however has a “barely modified kind issue.” The report did not elaborate on this, so we nonetheless do not know what Apple needed to do to make Face ID potential in each panorama and portrait mode on this pill. It is nonetheless potential that such a characteristic may make its solution to forthcoming iPhones (present iPhone X, XS and XS Max, and XR fashions can solely use Face ID in portrait mode), however it’s nonetheless unclear how tough it will likely be for Apple to take action.
Apple introduced again pull tabs to assist the 2 battery cells contained in the iPad Professional. These ought to make the batteries simpler to take away, however sadly the batteries are additionally secured with an adhesive that eliminates any ease of elimination introduced again by the pull tabs. Adhesive additionally secures the logic board and the audio system, making it tough to securely take away many of the system’s essential parts. Notably, the iPad Professional really incorporates a barely smaller battery than the outdated 10.5-inch mannequin: it is a 29.45Wh cell, down from the earlier 30.8Wh cell.
One upside is that the brand new USB-C port is absolutely modular and impartial from the primary board, not like the Lightning port that got here earlier than it on earlier fashions. Which means it may be extra simply changed, which is a superb perk to have in a part that inevitably sees a number of put on. The iPad Professional is the primary iOS system to ditch Apple’s Lightning port. Whereas that is ultimate for future-proofing and embracing extra fashionable ports, it should probably frustrate those that are entrenched within the Apple ecosystem and have quite a few Lightning cables that they might have used to cost the brand new iPad Professional.
iFixit additionally pried its means into the brand new Apple Pencil, which is way more durable to get into than even the iPad Professional. The internals are very like the earlier Pencil mannequin, save for the brand new wi-fi charging parts. Additionally, Apple seems to have included a capacitive grid inside the brand new Pencil, which may sign extra complicated gestures coming sooner or later.
The brand new Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to 1 fringe of the brand new iPad Execs, permitting it to cost utilizing the iPad Professional’s battery and stick near the system with which it will likely be used. In contrast to the outdated Apple Pencil, it would not want to hook up with the pill’s USB-C port as a way to cost or pair with the system. Nonetheless, the replaceable suggestions signify the one frequent floor between the outdated and new Apple Pencils—outdated Apple Pencils will not work with the brand new iPad Execs, so you will have to take a position one other $129 within the new Pencil in case you want it.
iFixit gave the iPad Professional and its Apple Pencil a repairability rating of three. Try the complete teardown for extra particulars.