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This is disappointing. I have seen too many iPad Airs with borked charging circuits, with behaviors like battery won’t charge but unit boots or will only boot when powered by a 2.1A block, but won’t sync. Apple has to be aware of this, and it is often attributed to a bad charging controller IC. Considering that many schools are giving iPads to kids to take home, and that parents may be less than judicious about sourcing “good” iPad chargers (Five Below, anyone?) and policing good cable management, this is lamentable on Apple’s part.
As with the battery compatibility, is the LCD panel interchangeable with the iPad 5th gen?
The Lightning connector IS double sided, however the pins are NOT NECESSARILY physically tied together in the connector; ergo it actually supports 16-pins, not 8. So it DOES matter. A double-sided port could hypothetically support Thunderbolt, or 2 USB3 channels. And we have seen, inexplicably, a double-sided port from Apple before in the iPad Pro. A fully 2-sided Lightning connector/port could be functionally as capable as USB Type-C, minus the legacy USB 2.0 lanes. (The Type-C connector ALWAYS maintains a legacy USB 2.0 pair; Apple would have no need for that legacy combination if Thunderbolt was their forward-looking target.)
Is the Lightning connector two-sided? Pins on both sides like we originally saw in the iPad Air 2 (IIRC) and larger iPad Pro?
This says "Always wait at least two minutes before reheating the iOpener", however the iOpener itself has a warning printed upon it that says wait at least 10 minutes. And that 10 minutes warning is also mentioned in Step 2 above.
Any color on whether Apple redesigned the USB connector/cable such that it could be removed without having to remove the hinge? (In last year's model, the USB "module" is held captive by the hinge flange.) Esp in light of those tamper-resistant hinge screws.
Something in the upper left of the 3rd pics on Step 5 & 6.
Pins on both sides in the Lightning port?
(In other words, is this passthrough connector a part we might see reused in iPad Pro cases or a future iPhone/iPad using the iPad Pro's new double-sided Lightning receptacle?)
That's what I was expecting, @jacobzacks123! The Lightning port prior was single-sided, so if you're seeing pins on two-sides, that is new. And indeed something iFixit should be looking at. Still to be seen if the Type-A connector is 4-pin USB 2 or a USB 3 Type-A with the added hi speed pins at the back of the tongue.
When Apple (Phil Schiller) announced the Lightning connector, the slide shown stated "All-digital, 8-signal design". Most reporting since then has mistakenly (IMHO) conflated that "signal" with "pins". But that's wrong. 8-signal would indicate 4-lane and has profound implications for what Lightning is REALLY capable of (and directly comparable to USB 3 Type-C when you strip away the cruft for backwards compatibility).
Starting to see rumor sites picking up on the USB 3.0 thing. iFixit didn't spend any time on that Lightning port in Step 15. Any chance you could dig deeper and see if the Lightning connector receptacle is now electrically double-sided? That sh/would provide the pin-count needed for USB 3.
Would also be interesting to see if the USB Type-A connector in the included now-6' Lightning cable is USB3 capable; how many conductors are in the cable.
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