The Apple iPad may not hit the streets until tomorrow morning. But we don’t need to wait for some crazy enthusiast to take one apart to see what it looks like beneath glossy screen. That’s because you can already check out a series of internal photos courtesy of the FCC web site.
You can’t see everything that’s inside the case from the photos. But you can see a rather large 24.8Whr battery, which we already know should be good for 10 hours or more of run time. Since the FCC is most concerned with wireless components, there are also a number of closeups of the WiFi and Bluetooth modules. What you don’t get a good look at is the case with the battery removed — so you can’t see the A4 chip in its natural environment. It’s also tough to see whether there’s room for hackers to add anything crazy like a USB port. For that, I guess we will have to wait until tomorrow.
Update: As promised, just a few hours after the iPad went on sale, we have the first photos of someone taking it apart to see what makes the tablet tick. (Wait, does it tick? That seems kind of old school for a shiny new gadget like this. What makes it breathe, let’s say).