We know it's light, fast and beautiful already, but we still haven't seen inside Apple's new iPad Air. Fortunately, iFixit has had the good grace to rip the thing apart.
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So what's lurking beneath that sleek outer casing? Here are some of the high- (or should that be low?) lights:
- So. Much. Adhesive. Not that that's really a surprise these days, but this is, apparently, worse than usual.
- The front panel is glued to the rest of the device, too, greatly increasing the chances of cracking the glass during a repair.
- The Air's 3.73 V, 32.9 WHr, two-cell battery is much smaller than the iPad's 43 WHr, three-cell monster—but that's OK, because this tablet is way more efficient.
- Sadly, though, that battery isn't just glued but physically fastened into the case by spring clamps and screws. This is not meant to be replaced by the user.
- In terms of guts, it's very, very similar to the iPhone 5S—some minor differences, but most of the hardware is the same or comparable.
All in, iFixit score the iPad Air a 2 out of 10 for repairability; if this thing breaks, you're taking it back to Apple. Why not go read the full teardown over at iFixit? [iFixit]