updated 11:45 am EDT, Sat April 3, 2010
iFixit shows iPad's component makers
A quick teardown of the iPad by iFixit on Saturday has revealed some of the component details beyond those shown in the FCC shots. Model numbers on the A4 processor show that, while it may have been designed by Apple, the chip was actually manufactured by Samsung. iPhone and iPod touch models have used Samsung-designed processors in the past.
At least in the model on show, Apple has also switched from the Toshiba memory it normally uses on handhelds to Samsung, in this case using 64 gigabit (8GB) chips to reach its storage.
The deconstruction appears to have confirmed room for a camera and shows a space of the sort near the ambient light sensor. It's still unknown why the camera was omitted, although cost, software development and the difficulty of holding the camera at a good angle are all potential factors.
In other minor but noteworthy details, the Wi-Fi antennas are placed behind the plastic Apple logo, much as Apple has done with its late 2009 iMacs. Accessing the inside of the iPad is relatively straightforward and mostly requires a spudger to wedge the front display section.