After his profound disassembling the M1 iMac last month, iFixit has now shared a video teardown of the M1 iPad Pro. In a new video posted to YouTube today, iFixit cracks down on the 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro with a particular focus on the new Liquid Retina XDR display technology.
When opening up the new iPad Pro, iFixit notices a few changes compared to the 2020 iPad Pro, although things look largely the same. For example, there are now 5G antennas on the edges of the frame, the dual-cell battery has a new capacity of 40.33 Wh, and the new M1 chip under thermal paste next to the unbound memory.
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Another interesting change is seeing the details of the new ultra-wide front camera, which powers the Center Stage feature of the new iPad Pro.
In terms of the new Liquid Retina XDR display technology, iFixit says the new panel is about half a millimeter thicker than the screen used in the previous-generation iPad Pro. However, the weight difference is more noticeable with the Liquid Retina XDR panel weighing 285 grams.
iFixit is then able to separate the LCD and backlight diffuser layers to give an in-depth look at how the new Liquid Retina XDR display works. mini-LED screens, like the one Apple uses in the new iPad Pro, have a grid of LEDs directly below the screen that can be controlled individually. This is what increases the brightness and improves the black level.
The iFixit video puts the new technology under a microscope to show in detail the 2,596 local dimming zones in the M1 iPad Pro. There are over 10,000 LEDs in the 2021 iPad Pros.
Watch the full video below for a truly incredible look at the display technology of the new M1 iPad Pro. iFixit hasn’t posted its traditional teardown of the 2021 iPad Pro yet, so we don’t know the details about things like repairability yet. That said, we don’t expect much to have changed compared to the iPad Pro 2020.
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