The new iPad goes on sale on March 16th… but it’s already March 16th in Australia. So the folks at iFixit picked up an Australian iPad today and promptly started to dissect it to see what the insides look like — and how difficult it would be to repair a broken iPad.

iFixit iPad teardown

The iFixit team has a long history of ripping apart consumer electronics and photographing the results. Along the way, they also do a pretty good job of pointing out interesting tidbits about the internal components.

Since Apple generally only provides details about some of the hardware used in its iOS devices, it takes this type of teardown to get specifics.

Here are a few of the things we’ve learned:

  • As usual, the front panel is a pain in the rear to remove — it’s almost like Apple doesn’t want you dissecting the iPad.
  • The new 9.7 inch, 2048 x 1536 display appears to be manufactured by Samsung.
  • Unsurprisingly, the battery takes up more space than anything else under the hood.
  • The battery, by the way, is a 43Whr, 11560mAh 3.7V battery pack.
  • Wireless duties are handled by a Broadcom BCM4330 module with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and FM radio
  • The iPad doesn’t support 4G LTE in Australia.

You can find more pictures and details at iFixit.

Update: iFixit has released a video overview:

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