iFixit has torn apart the 6th generation iPad.
Apple’s newly launched iPad is aimed at schools and those on a budget, but the tablet has zero upgradeability and a very low repairabilty score, according to a teardown by iFixit. The report reveals that iPad 2018 is impossible to upgrade, lacks waterproofing, and has a non-replaceable charging port. iFixit gave the new iPad a total score of 2 out of 10 for repairability, while the leader in the ranking – the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 got 10/10.
iFixit has compared the new iPad with the previous, fifth generation. There is a new processor (A10 Fusion), and support for Apple Pencil thanks to new Broadcom chips previously found in the iPad Pro line. In fact, the new model can be considered as a low-budget iPad Pro, rather than a regular iPad, because some features and parts can be found in the current 10.5 / 12.9 inch Pro tablets.
Another interesting finding is the battery capacity, which is 32.9 Wh – exactly the same as the cell in the previous iPad. Unfortunately, the battery is very hard to remove because of strong adhesive, which also reduces the score for repairability. On the positive side, the display and the digitizer glass are fairly easy to remove and replace.
Watch the full teardown below: