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iFixit’s 13-inch M2 iPad Air teardown reveals these 4 changes

Published May 24th, 2024 12:54PM EDT
M2 iPad Air in two new sizes
Image: Apple Inc.

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It’s been almost ten days since Apple launched the new M4 iPad Pro and M2 iPad Air. While the highest-end models are thinner, lighter, and more powerful than ever, Apple decided words don’t mean much with the M2 iPad Air release, as it’s heavier and thicker than the new iPad Pro.

Still, this tablet has plenty of new features, such as the M2 processor, new camera placement, a larger 13-inch version, and more storage capacities to choose from. Here’s what iFixit discovered in its teardown.

As always, tearing down an iPad is no easy task, and Apple still doesn’t offer a guide or a repair kit, as it does with some iPhone and MacBook models. That said, once the display is removed, iFixit can see the new front-facing camera arrangement and magnets for the Apple Pencil Pro. Unfortunately, there are no highlights for the new cameras, except for the front-facing lens in a new position.

iFixit says that, comparatively, the 13-inch M2 iPad Air battery is slightly bigger and heavier, which might help prolong the tablet’s usage. In addition, Apple added bigger speakers, which are positioned on the top left and right corners.

In the end, iFixit gives this M2 iPad Air a 3/10 repairability score and jokes that it hopes the next gen’s model, “Air,” could stand for repAIRability. Since Apple doesn’t offer a guide or repair kit, iFixit says it can’t give a provisional point for “spare parts or documentation.”

What’s the most interesting about Apple’s products with low repairability scores is that with its goal to become carbon neutral by 2030, not making its products repairable is an environmental issue, as some tiny issues might require getting a completely new device.

The complete M2 iPad Air teardown video is available below.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.