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iPad Air Now in Stores – iFixit Tears One Down and Finds a Couple Huge Batteries

Apple’s latestifixit teardown ipad air tablet is officially in stores today and iFixit has already finished ripping one apart.

The teardown specialists found the 2 huge batteries we were expecting as well as the usual cameras, circuit board, and cables. All in all the guts of the iPad Air looked pretty much like the last iPad even though the iPad Air is 20% thinner, 28% lighter, and 24% reduced in volume when compared to the iPad 4.

iFixit gave the iPad Air a repairability rating of 2, which more or less says that it is not repairable by the average geek. That’s the same rating that iFixit gave the iPad 4, the iPad Mini, and probably all the other iPads, so it should come as no great shock.

ifixit teardown ipad air

Speaking of lack of repairability, there are reports that each fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s is tied to a specific A7 processor:

According to iMore, each individual Touch ID sensor is paired with its corresponding A7 processor. To confirm the pairing theory, iMore switched the Touch ID sensors from two brand new iPhones and attempted to setup each device. Each phone failed to recognize the sensors and returned an error until the sensors were swapped back to their original phones.

I can appreciate the increase in security, but – well, no. There is no increase in security.

If someone is really that interested in getting your fingerprint don’t you think they might simply cut off said digit? And even if they didn’t, I could easily see that they might follow xkcd’s suggestion for the best way to get around your security:


Can you honestly tell me that wouldn’t happen?


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wayne leong November 1, 2013 um 11:02 am

For frequent movie -goers and television watchers, cutting off the body part to gain access is already well known for years , and is already an old solution .

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