Apple announced the new iPad Air 2 just last week, and already the good people at iFixit have torn it apart. What they’re looking for: component parts that are designed into the device differently than in previous iterations, and what that means to the “repairability” of the device.

The iFixit teardown experts found a mixed bag with the Air 2.

On the plus side, they noted that the wiring is better positioned than in the first iPad Air. “Upon successfully opening the iPad Air 2, we immediately notice that all the display cables now reside near the lower edge,” iFixit writes in its teardown blog. “This is a welcome change from the previous iPad Air, whose digitizer and LCD cables effectively booby-trapped two edges of the display.”

On the other hand, the team found a few important things locked down and hard to remove and repair. “Upon removal of the logic board, we are saddened to see that the Lightning cable remains soldered to the logic board,” iFixit says in the blog. “This makes logic board removal even more of a chore. This also means that replacing the Lightning Connector requires replacing the entire logic board.”

Below are some of the main components of the new Air, as seen from the inside of the device.

You can find iFixit’s full teardown here.

The new iPad Air is thinner than previous iPads, and is even thinner than the iPhone 6.

Above: At 6.1 mm thick, the new iPad Air 2 is thinner than previous iPads, and is even thinner than the iPhone 6.

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The top glass panel is lifted from the rest of the assembly.

Above: The top glass panel is lifted from the rest of the assembly.

The dual Wi-fi antennas have been moved up near the front panel of the device.

Above: The dual Wi-fi antennas have been moved up near the front panel of the device, which could affect connection speeds.

RED = Apple APL1012 A8X 64-bit Processor  ORANGE = Elpida (Micron Technology) F8164A3MD (two identical chips) YELLOW = SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMR 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND Flash GREEN = NXP 65V10 NFC Module (as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) BLUE = Apple (Cirrus Logic) 338S1213 Audio Codec PURPLE = NXP Semiconductors LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller (Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor)

Above: At last, the circuit board . . . RED = Apple APL1012 A8X 64-bit Processor
ORANGE = Elpida (Micron Technology) F8164A3MD (two identical chips)
YELLOW = SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMR 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND Flash
GREEN = NXP 65V10 NFC Module (as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus)
BLUE = Apple (Cirrus Logic) 338S1213 Audio Codec
PURPLE = NXP Semiconductors LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller (Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor)

touchid

Above: Apple’s TouchID biometric sensor, from the inside.

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speakers

Above: The two small speakers are situated above the grills in the housing at the bottom of the device.

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Apple says the iPad Air's battery holds 10 hours worth of charge.

Above: Apple says the iPad Air 2 battery holds 10 hours of charge, just like the original Air. But the Air 2 battery is smaller, leading one to believe that Apple focused on making the Air 2 more power-efficient.

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