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FCC images show iPad external housing

updated 05:15 pm EDT, Fri April 2, 2010

Pictures follow earlier report detailing internals

Following an earlier report showing FCC pictures of the iPad's internal components, additional images of the external housing have surfaced. Although Apple's website provides pictures of the 3G-enabled model, most of the marketing material shows the Wi-Fi-only variant that maintains the solid aluminum surface across the entire back panel.

The 3G model can be distinguished by a black band that runs across the top edge of the housing, visible from the front and back. The internal photos show an Infineon 3G baseband chip and related components placed directly below the top edge. The band may be necessary to maintain signal strength underneath the aluminum housing, in a similar way to the small black oval located on the back of an iPod touch.

Many customers who pre-ordered the iPad can expect the devices to arrive on Saturday.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Public Domain, Guys!

    Like all Government agencies including NASA, the FCC images are public domain and MacNN have no right and are committing a usage violation by slapping their watermark on the images! Naughty! Naughty!

  1. OkieDoc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I doubt the point of the watermark is to claim credit, but to dissuade other sites from directly linking to their images, so that they don't act as a "host" for another site.

  1. mjs975s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    GSM card slot

    Is that the card slot on the left side of the device close to the bottom (next to last picture)??? Seems like an odd place for it.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why is this news?

    This picture can be seen on Apple's website? Don't we have enough iPad news of higher importance?

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