9. iPad 3rd and 4th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly

In Chapter 8, “iPad 2nd Generation Disassembly and Reassembly,” I told you that Apple replaced the iPad 3rd generation (called the “New iPad”) with the iPad 4th generation (dubbed the “iPad with Retina Display”) scant months after the 3rd gen’s release. The first thing you should know is that the differences between the 3rd and 4th generation iPads are relatively slight. Thus, if you have a 3rd gen and felt cheated when Apple put out the 4th gen, don’t be.

In my humble (or not-so-humble) opinion, the primary motivator for Apple to push out the 4th generation iPad was to standardize their mainline iOS devices on the Lightning connector. That’s it. The notion is that as of Fall 2012, the ...

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