Like the iPhone SE that incorporates modern electronics in an older design, the bowels of the new iPad (5th generation) resemble those of an iPad Air. But more powerful and cheaper.
There are technological innovations that are useless and there are simple evolutions welcome: the new iPad says of 5th generation has no original component nor new functionality, but its technical sheet is pleased to see. As demonstrated by iFixit, which has dismantled Apple’s new tablet, the iPad 5G offers more or less the same dimensions as the original Air iPad (it is a little thicker and heavier), a tablet with which it Shares the same battery and the same screen.
Or almost, since according to the Twitter account of iFixit, the new slab is about 44% brighter (via Liliputing). Why is it interesting? Simply because this slab is easier to replace than those of the iPad Pro, which are welded. Attention, easier does not mean easy, because it is always necessary a special kit (sold by iFixit) to melt the glue that holds the slab and gives access to the entrails of the beast. A lesser difficulty but a difficulty nevertheless that despite the fact that the battery is not glued like in iPad Pro (thus easier to change), the iPad 5G only harvests a meager 2/10 in Repairability.
Simply take a look at the image comparing the first iPad Air to the iPad 5G to understand that its structure served as a working basis, Apple engineers having simplified the design (hence the loss Finesse and weight gain) to offer a cheaper tablet. Less expensive but more powerful than its model since the new iPad has a more powerful processor and graphics chip (A9 and M9), 2 GB RAM, Touch ID fingerprint reader and a slab More luminous as we have said.
Faced with the stagnation of the tablet market, Apple has responded by launching what appears to be a good value for money. Good news of which we will not fail to verify the veracity in our very next test.