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April 3 marks the eighth anniversary of the iPad’s launch and first shipments — and that day brought a product that has revolutionized the definition of a tablet and seen great success. But, the iPad has struggled with its identity in recent times in view of bigger and more powerful smartphones.
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Sixth-Generation iPad Teardown Details ‘Repair Nightmare’ for Education-Focused Tablet

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iFixit today published its teardown of Apple’s sixth-generation, education-focused iPad and found that — unsurprisingly — the tablet shares many of the internals of the fifth-gen iPad. The teardown crew also looked at the new iPad’s potential for durability and repairability in an education environment by comparing it to competitors in the field.

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The new iPad’s lack of waterproofing, non-replaceable charging port, zero upgradeability, and use of glue throughout the internals added up to a “repair nightmare.” iFixit then pointed towards the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 tablet, which got a perfect repairability score of 10 out of 10, summarizing that “Apple’s ‘education’ iPad is still a case of won’t — not can’t.”

Looking into the iPad’s internals, the two major updates in the new tablet are an upgraded A10 processor and Broadcom chips for Apple Pencil support. iFixit got a peek inside the iPad using Creative Electron’s X-ray imaging software, discovering “only minor differences” when compared to a similar X-ray of the previous iPad.


One of the iPad’s advantages in terms of repairability comes in the form of its digitizer panel easily separating from the display. iFixit pointed out that in the event that either component should break, repair will be easier for schools and educators.

In the education space, Apple has some stiff competition in the form of low-cost, Google-powered laptops. How does this iPad, er, stack up against a Chromebook from HP or Asus? Given that schoolkids can be a bit rough on their electronics, here’s an iFixit take on it:

iPad’s glued-glass display is more vulnerable to drops. Thankfully, this is the one iPad that retains an air-gapped digitizer panel—not as visually impressive as other recent iPads, but it’s much cheaper to replace cracked glass that isn’t LOCA-bonded to the display panel underneath. Separate accessories like the keyboard and Pencil add to the cost and are easier to lose—but are also easier to replace if damaged. (Note the missing key on our HP’s keyboard.)

Eventually, iFixit got down to the logic board and discovered the iPad’s A10 Fusion processor and two Broadcom touch screen controller chips, previously found in the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. iFixit theorized that the new iPad’s Apple Pencil support “comes in part thanks to this “Pro”-grade chip.”


The sixth-gen iPad has the same battery as the previous model, with 32.9 Wh capacity. iFixit noted that while this allows Apple to reuse existing manufacturing lines to reduce waste, the battery is still locked behind a “repair-impeding adhesive” that greatly reduced the iPad’s repairability score. Apple has provided easy battery removal before, in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but iFixit hasn’t seen anything like it since.

Ultimately, iFixit gave the 2018 iPad a repairability score of 2 out of 10, favoring the fairly easy repair options of its air-gapped, non-fused display and digitizer glass, but taking marks off for its heavy use of adhesive and sticky tape. To read the full teardown, visit iFixit.com.

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. While we prepare for Apple's field trip event (starts at 11 AM ET), you can check out the first Chrome OS tablet and our review of Fitbit's latest smartwatch.
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Google Pulls A Ballmer 2010, Announces Chrome OS Tablet For Schools Ahead Of Apple’s Education-Focused iPad Event

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With Apple expected to announce a new, low-end and ultimately low-cost iPad during its education-focused March 27th event, Google has sought to steal a march on its long time competitor by getting a tablet of its own out the door first.

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Google’s first Chrome OS tablet arrives day before new iPad

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The first ever tablet to run Google’s Chrome OS has finally arrived. Acer revealed its new Chromebook Tab 10 which is aiming to take a big slice of the education market. Chrome OS laptops have already had a lot of success in schools, but Apple is planning to launch its own cheap tablet for schools […]

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the first Chrome OS tablet, arrives in April focused on education

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Google tried to make Android tablets a thing, and that seemed to work for a minute but ultimately ended up being a wasted effort. Now the search giant is trying to make Chrome OS tablets a thing, and we’ll see how this goes. The first such device has been made official today. It’s the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, but despite being branded “Chromebook” there’s no physical keyboard anywhere – it is ‘just’ a tablet, not a convertible. As the name implies, its screen size is close to 10″. It’s a 9.7″ 2,048×1,536 panel to be exact, and those just happen to be the specs for the cheapest iPad’s…

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As Apple Plans to Launch New Low-Cost iPad, Google Debuts First Chrome OS Tablet

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On the eve of Apple’s education-focused event where the company is expected to debut new low-cost iPads, Google and Acer have debuted the first Chrome OS tablet.

The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the first tablet to run Chrome OS, which has previously been available on laptops, desktops, and tablet/PC hybrids.


According to Google, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is designed to give schools the “easy management and shareability of Chromebook laptops” in a lightweight device that offers touch and stylus functionality along with Google Expeditions AR integration.

It features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display in a 9 inch by 6.6 inch body that weighs just over 1.2 pounds. Like other Chrome OS devices, it supports Google Play, giving students and teachers access to millions of Android apps, and it can be managed by IT professionals right alongside other Chromebook devices a school might already have in use.


There’s a built-in 2-megapixel HD webcam at the front of the tablet, along with two speakers and a microphone. A 5-megapixel rear camera is designed to allow children to capture photos and videos, and it features a 9-hour battery for all-day usage.

Inside, the Chromebook Tab 10 is powered by a 6-core 3399 RockChip processor and it includes 4GB of RAM and 32GB integrated memory. It charges via an included USB-C port that can also power other devices.

Each Chromebook tablet comes equipped with a low-cost Chromebook Wacom EMR stylus that doesn’t require charging or pairing. It uses advanced machine learning to “predict student writing for a natural writing experience” with zero-latency digital input for drawing, taking notes, and more.

Chromebooks are popular, easy-to-use low-cost options that many schools have already adopted, which is what Apple has to compete with through its rumored low-cost iPad. Acer plans to sell the Chromebook Tab 10 for $329 starting in April, and that’s a price point Apple may be planning to beat.

Rumors have suggested Apple’s new low-cost iPad will have a price tag as low as $259, and to match some of the features available with Chrome OS devices, Apple may be planning to include support for the Apple Pencil.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said last week that Apple Pencil support is “likely” for the new low-cost iPad. It’s not clear if Apple will introduce a lower-cost Apple Pencil to go along with the tablet, though, as the Apple Pencil is currently priced at $99.

Aside from Apple Pencil support and a possible price tag, we don’t know much about the tablet that Apple plans to introduce tomorrow, but we don’t have long to wait to find out details. Apple won’t be live streaming its event, but we’ll have coverage here at MacRumors.com and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

For more on what we might see at tomorrow’s event, make sure to check out our what to expect post.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first Chrome OS tablet, announced for the education market

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Chrome OS and Android have progressively grown together over the past few years, from apps to tighter integrations. Acer is taking things one step further with the first of its kind, the Chromebook Tab 10. A dedicated tablet running Google’s desktop OS, Acer is keeping its sights on the education market, much to some of our dismay.

Specs

Display 9.7″ 2048×1536 IPS LCD
CPU OP1; dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad Cortex-A53
Storage 32GB eMMC, expandable via microSD
RAM 4GB LPDDR3
Cameras 5MP rear, 2MP front
Battery 34Wh
Connectivity 802.11ac (2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1
Ports 1xUSB Type-C 3.1
Measurements 172.2×238.2×9.98 mm; 550 g
Price $ 329 USD, €329

We saw the Chromebook Tab 10 appear a little while back, but having official confirmation is always nice.

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