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Apple iPad 2 3G Teardown

Apple began shipping the iPad 2 at 5 p.m. at its stores and other affiliated retailers nationwide on March 11. Apple's original announcement was vague, as Apple always seems to be, about what's under the hood of their newest device, and yet, the lines stretched and turned for block, with consumers desperate to be the first to have the iPad 2. Our crack teardown team at UBM TechInsights waited in line for 12 hours in Syracuse, NY! But the early results are in, and there were a few surprises. Fo
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This is the main logic board of the Apple iPad 2 3G. The A5 smack dab in the middle is the dual core processor. The original iPad used the A4, which was manufactured by Samsung, and used the same ARM A8 core as the Samsung Hummingbird processor. The question is whether the A5 uses the dual-core Samsung Orion processor (using the ARM CORTEX A9) or it's the first processor emanating from the Apple TSMC partnership. UBM TechInsights will be dissecting the A5 over the weekend.

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