Yesterday, the modding gurus at iFixit managed to tear down the iPad mini to pieces and confirmed that it does have stereo speakers and a display driver that is surprisingly made by Samsung. Today, in an attempt to thoroughly understand the differences between the iPad 4 and the iPad 3, iFixit is baring the fourth-generation iPad’s body for us to see. The first obvious difference of the iPad 4 is its Lightning connector and the new model number A1458. But after opening its adhesive-riddled body, iFixit found a new iPad LCD that has been manufactured by LG.
This supports the previous reports that Apple is beginning to move away from Samsung as a supplier. The iPad mini, on the other hand, was a different story. And finally, for the first time, the A6X processor has been uncovered together with its supporting hardware that includes a Hynix H2JTDG8UD2MBR 16GB NAND Flash and an Apple 338S1116 Cirrus Logic Audio Codec. However, iFixit notes that Apple didn’t save any space when it switched to the smaller Lightning connector. “They (Apple) let the Lightning cable sit in a frame the same size as the 30-pin dock connector. We were hoping that space savings would yield bigger, better speakers. Very disappointing, indeed,” iFixit added.