An autopsy of the new iPad reveals its further evolution for educational purposes
As mentioned, the sixth version of iPad has two major changes. These two changes include the use of the A10 Fusion processor chip and support for the pen. The latter feature is a first for this category of iPad devices.
According to iFixit’s recent dissection on iPad 9.7 (2018) Apple, this device, like the fifth iPad, still uses the A1484 battery, which makes it possible to replace the battery from the same Used existing batteries. Also, like the previous version, the NXP 8461A1 chip is used to control the Apple fingerprint sensor (Touch ID).
- Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad with support for Apple Pencil and A10 Fusion chip was introduced
In addition, the new iPad uses a pair of Broadcom BCM15900B0 chips as a controller. It uses a touch screen. This controller is the same chip used in iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 inches to support Apple Pencil It has been brought to the sixth generation of the regular iPad.
The new iPad scored a low 2 out of 10 in repairability. The iFixit site considers one of the important criteria in repairability to be the way parts are connected and the method of disassembly and repair, and from this point of view, Apple products usually get a low score due to the use of large amounts of glue.
We all know that Apple launched this new iPad to compete with Google’s Chromebooks in educational environments, so the new product is less vulnerable to falling and hitting the ground. (Tablets are inherently more prone to slipping and falling than laptops). Also, the non-laminated screen used in this iPad has a lower price, which reduces the cost of repairing a broken screen. iFixit also believes that the change in the cables connecting the screen compared to previous years’ versions has also been applied to support the new digitizer layer.