CNET Networks site TechRepublic runs a regular series called "Cracking Open" in which it takes a look inside a variety of gadgets. CNET is publishing this excerpt of a photo gallery that examines the innards of Apple's iPad touch-screen tablet device.
The Apple iPad's box is surprisingly thick for such a thin device.
As with the iPod Touch and iPhone, cracking open the Apple iPad began with me sliding a thin metal blade between the glass front panel and the metal case. The front panel is secured with small metal clips that are screwed to the underside of the front panel. You'll find these clips along the top, bottom, and left side of the front panel. The right side has hard plastic tabs that fit into slots on the metal case.
Yes. That is a spatula you see on the table. Its extremely thin, flexible metal blade was perfect for slipping between the iPad's metal case and front panel.
With the tabs popped loose, we can gently separate the front panel from the case, but not completely.
There are three cables that connect the front panel to components within the metal case.
One short ribbon cable, connects the ambient light sensor to the main logic board. A second, thinner ribbon cable connects the digitizer to the main board. And a third, thicker cable connects the display and LED backlight to the main board.