iFixit has published its teardown of the new iPad that Apple revealed at its education event in Chicago last week. Apple didn’t go into too many technical details about this iPad at the event, so this teardown is an opportunity to answer a few key questions: how different is this model from last year’s model apart from the inclusion of a faster processor and support for Apple Pencil? And what did Apple do to make this device more appealing to educational organizations?
The new iPad has a model number of A1893, and the teardown determined that it’s mostly the same as the fifth generation iPad internally. The key differences are the inclusion of the A10 chip—the same found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from 2016—and two Broadcom BCM15900B0 touchscreen controller chips. Those Broadcom chips are also found in the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, suggesting that they’re key for Apple Pencil support.
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