The team at iFixit has conducted a tear-down of Apple's iPad 3G. And, while few surprises were uncovered, the iFixit tear down has the tech blogosphere buzzing about the tablet's innards and all that comprises the iPad 3G.
Some of the highlights include:
- The iPad 3G is almost impossible to tell apart from its Wi-Fi-only counterpart. A black plastic RF window is the only differentiating physical attribute.
- The iPad 3G supports UMTS/HSDPA on 850, 1900, and 2100 MHz and GSM/EDGE on 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz.
- It's unlocked!
- There are five antennas in the iPad 3G. For all intents and purposes, the entire body of the iPad acts as a cellular antenna.
- AT&T is the only US carrier that operates 3G on iPad-compatible frequencies, although iFixit notes that T-Mobile "should work," but on the much slower EDGE network.
- The pre-release prototype given to the FCC is basically unchanged from the final mass produced iPad 3G model.
As always, the iFixit team serves up a step-by-step teardown of the iPad 3G that impressively delves into explicit, detailed comparisons to the basic WiFi version of the tablet. Incredibly, the casing of the iPad isn't filled to the brim by either the 3G or WiFi models, though iFixit notes that there is less empty space available inside the iPad 3G.
The basic WiFi model went on sale April 3rd in the US ($499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. ), with the 3G + WiFi model only reaching consumers yesterday on April 30th ($629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB).
For a full breakdown of the teardown, mosey on over to iFixit for the full scoop and more details that you'll probably ever need to know.
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