iPad Air Teardown Reveals A12 Bionic SoC with 3GB RAM, But Lacks ProMotion Display Tech: iFixit

The new 10.5-inch iPad Air has received the teardown treatment from the folks over at iFixit.


Following yesterday’s teardown of the iPad mini 5 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/ipad/ipad-mini-5-teardown/), the iFixit team has posted its teardown of the 10.5-inch iPad Air ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad+Air+3+Teardown/121759) (2019), confirming that the tablet comes with 3GB RAM and despite not sharing the same name, it is internally very similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

As far as exterior features go, the 2019 iPad Air shares the same dimensions and proprietary Smart Connector as that previous iPad Pro. Differences include a dual-speaker setup (as opposed to the Pro’s quad-speakers) and a shaved-off camera bump, for a cleaner design.

Inside, the tablets share a structural design, including the placement of their logic boards, a dual-cell 30.8 watt-hour battery, similar touchscreen sensors and chips similar to those that enable support for the Gen 1 Apple Pencil ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/ifixit-apple-pencil-teardown/).

The new tablet is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, boasting 3GB of RAM. The rear camera is an 8-megapixel shooter. The tablet supports only the first-generation Apple Pencil and lacks ProMotion 120 Hz display technology found on the old 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

The new iPad Air proved to be tougher to take apart than the 10.5-inch iPad Pro that it replaces, lacking the Pro’s stretch-release adhesive pull tabs and but it does include extra adhesive near the top of the screen.

Once the logic board is free from its housing, one gets a look at the hardware living on it, including the star of the show, Apple’s A12 Bionic SoC. It’s joined by 3GB of of SK Hynix LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB of Toshiba NAND flash memory, a USI 39S00551 Bluetooth/WiFi module, and a pair of Broadcom BCM15900B0 touchscreen controllers.

“Many components are modular and can be replaced independently,” reads the teardown, “but the Lightning port is soldered to the logic board.”

Just like the iPad mini 5, the iPad Air 3 receives a poor repairability score of 2 out of 10. While one can use a single Phillips screwdriver to open all the screws inside the device, the excessive use of adhesive and lack of pull tabs mean common repairs like display and battery replacement are extremely tough.

Check out the full new iPad Air teardown over at iFixit ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad+Air+3+Teardown/121759).

iPad Air Teardown: A12 Bionic Processor With 3GB of RAM, Bluetooth 5, Larger Battery and True Tone, But Lacks ProMotion 120 Hz Technology

iFixit nowadays shared a teardown of the resurrected iPad Air ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad+Air+3+Teardown/121759), confirming specifications and offering some further information about the part portions of Apple’s new middle-tier pill, which is suitable with the first-gen Apple Pencil ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/apple-pencil/).

The iPad ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/ipad/) Air is similar in measurement and thickness to the 2018 10.5-inch iPad Pro ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/ipad-pro/), and just a little lighter weight. iFixit notes that outwardly, the one design variations come with a a brand new, darker Space Gray colour, the absence of a digital camera bump, and two audio system in comparison to the Pro’s four. The new type quantity is A2152.

Opening the iPad Air up finds an inside format and central good judgment board very similar to Apple’s iPad Pro vary. The dual-celled 30.8 Wh battery is somewhat larger than the 30.2 Wh Apple advertises on its website, and a supplies a step up from the 27.6 Wh battery within the 2018 iPad Air 2. Battery lifestyles is marketed as as much as 10 hours.

Meanwhile, Apple’s A12 Bionic processor is layered over 3GB of RAM, and iFixit confirms the rear digital camera stays at 8 megapixels.

Otherwise, as iFixit notes, the scale is the same, the Pencil give a boost to is the same, and the chips are very similar to the previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro. However, the Air lacks the latter’s ProMovement 120 Hz generation that is now unique to the 2018 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The new iPad Air is more difficult to take aside than the overdue 10.5-inch iPad Pro, because it lacks the latter’s stretch-release adhesive pull tabs and contains additional adhesive close to the highest of the display. As such, iFixit provides the brand new iPad Air a 2/10 for repairability, the similar rating the brand new iPad mini earned in the day gone by’s teardown ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/04/02/ipad-mini-5-teardown-a12-bionic-cpu-3gb-ram/).

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