New iPad Teardown Reveals 1GB RAM, Samsung Retina Display, Qualcomm’s MDM9600 Baseband Chip, Much Larger Battery

After several months of rumors and speculations, Apple’s new iPad will finally be available tomorrow.

Folks at iFixit, the teardown experts are at it again, they’re currently in the process of doing what every geek would love to do i.e. to crack open Apple’s new iPad to see what’s inside.

They’ve have managed to get their hands on the new iPad in Australia – the first legitimate iPad, as we’ve already seen a few ending up in Vietnam and Hong Kong few days ahead of the launch.

Stay tuned if you’re interested in finding out what’s inside the third generation iPad. Updates will be posted from top to bottom (bottom newest) so stay tuned (hit refresh to get the latest).

Here’s the first teardown photo that they’ve posted so far.

The new iPad’s Retina Display. Based on the part number, iFixit is speculating that it could be manufactured by Samsung.

The new iPad comes with Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n MAC/Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS and FM Transceiver

A5X system-on-chip manufactured by Samsung in the first week of January, 2012.

As expected, Apple has used Qualcomm’s MDM9600 wireless baseband chip.

Apple has used Flash memory manufactured by Toshiba.

Interesting, iFixit reports that Apple has increased the physical size of the battery by 70%, which explains the 70% increase in capacity of the battery compared to iPad 2. So new iPad’s battery is not revolutionary as we had thought. In that case, we wonder how they managed to keep the iPad 3 so thin (even though it is slightly thicker than iPad 2).

iFixit has just sent us an email in which it has confirmed that the new iPad has 1GB DRAM comprised of two 4Gb Elpida LP DDR2 parts.

Here’s a summary of the major specifications of the new iPad based on iFixit’s teardown:

  • Dual-core Apple A5X processor with integrated quad-core graphics
  • 9.7 inch LED backlit in-plane switching LCD with 2048×1536 pixel “Retina Display.” Our unit is made by Samsung; we hear that Sharp and LG may be supplying panels at a later date.
  • 16, 32 or 64 GB Toshiba NAND flash memory
  • 5 MP HD rear-facing camera
  • 1 GB DRAM comprised of two 4Gb Elpida LP DDR2 parts
  • Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS
  • Qualcomm MDM9600 3G and 4G wireless modem (not the expected 2nd generation MDM9615)
  • Qualcomm RTR8600 multi-band/mode RF transceiver for LTE bands

You can check out the complete teardown on iFixit’s website.