Apple iPad 3G Teardown

iFixit have done a teardown of the Apple iPad 3G that started shipping yesterday. Some interesting things found within included 5 antennas for various reception. The blackbar of course which we have seen before on the pictures and the micro SIM slot tucked in the side of the iPad.

The Apple iPad 3G is unlocked and works on UMTS/HSDPA on 850, 1900, and 2100 MHz and GSM/EDGE on 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz. This makes it compatible with AT&T as well as T-Mobile on EDGE.

The five antennas include two for handling cell reception. One of them attaches to the black RF bar on the top of the iPad while the other attaches to the frame of the LCD screen. The third antenna is for the GPS unit and the fourth and fifth are for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The full teardown is available over at iFixit that goes in to detail of each step comparing it to the WiFi version. It is interesting to note that the 3G version still doesn’t take up all the space of the casing and there is still room left.

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