iPad 3G torn apart

IFixit has taken the brand-new iPad 3G and voided the warranty by taking something they own and taking the back off for a looky see.

In doing so they were surprised at how little Jobs Mob has changed from the earlier Wi-Fi model.

The hardware additions come down to the mobile networking and a GPS chipset.  It has the same 3G chip as the iPhone 3GS, the Infineon 337S3754 PMB 8878 X-Gold IC.

Apple has switched to a Broadcom AGPS chip, dropping the iPhone’s Infineon Hammerhead II for some reason.

Apparently the inside is full of more antennae than a cockroach convention.  There is one for Bluetooth, GPS, 3G and Wi-Fi. One of the  antennae is in the plastic RF window.

The other is hooked up to the LCD frame, running round the entire edge of the iPad. HP uses a similar idea on its laptops to boost signals. The idea is supposed to max out the reception although so far the iPad has yet to show it.