iPad 5 Teardown: something old something new
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iPad 5 Teardown: something old something new

IFixit has looked at the recently updated iPad from Apple once more and comes to a sobering conclusion: The traditionally new in the spring presented model brings this time almost no changes – and at one point, Apple seems to have cheated.


When Apple recently presented its new iPad lineup, it was already clear that one did not necessarily expect a large performance boost. The company had already surprised us with its decision not to show the new iPad at a press event, but simply announce by press release. New is the iPad with 9.7 inches also actually only the lowered price. The new iPad 5 is a revised iPad Air. The repair professionals of iFixit now have at least the equipment parts more precisely compared .


It came out that with the frequently cited “Apple magic” can not be so far. Because although Apple’s new iPad with “even brighter displays”, the panels according to iFixit are the same as the previous year’s model. How Apple wants to make an improvement is unclear. The question is, according to iFixit: “Brighter than what?” It does not look as different as the display from the Air 1. If they mean lighter than the Air 2, this can simply be due to the rearrangement to the unfused display design of the Air 1 generation.


Wrong Promise?

Apple’s fan pageĀ 9to5mac has now turned to Apple to inquire about what it is with the advertising promise of the brighter display. An answer is still pending.


Clever recycling

Otherwise, the iFixit teardown showed what many critics had already seen after the launch of the iPad 5: Apple is now offering a cheap model, the technology from the 2015 presented iPad Air and the iPad Air 2 from 2016 “recycled” and Above all by its relatively low price.


In terms of repair, Apple has not made any progress with the iPad 5. IFixit is only two out of ten points this time, because when the tablet is assembled, too much glue and proprietary screws and holder systems are used. The LCD also has a high risk of accidentally damaging the panel when opening the device.