Out-of-this-world Apple iPad 3G has 5 antennas

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“The new iPad 3G no sooner went on sale Friday than iFixit got to work looking at the tablet computer’s insides,” Bob Brown reports for Network World.

“The iPad 3G expands upon the original iPad, which relies on Wi-Fi connectivity, by adding Internet access via AT&T’s data network,” Brown reports. “IFixit, which recently expanded its own offerings to include a Wikipedia-like site for repairs, says ‘the immediate visible difference is the inclusion of a black plastic RF window on top of the iPad for better antenna reception.'”

Brown reports, “The new iPad boasts five antennas in all, two for cell reception, two for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, and one more for GPS. In fact, iFixit says Apple is using the whole LCD frame as an antenna.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. I’m not really liking my iPad 3G
    it took me more than 3 hours to setup and it won’t find any other wifi besides my house
    and it doesn’t do the thing I was hoping it would do
    sucks for me

  2. Still sticking with wifi only. I will be forced to jailbreak my iPhone for the first time though. Thanks ATT, rather than allowing people to pay you for tethering, you are forcing people to break the law.

  3. In 10 years Apple portables will be the size of the badges worn in STAR TREK: TNG or the credit card sized “Selma” in TIME TRAX. Subspace antennas only, and GPS with teleporting option.

  4. I’ve been debating WiFi only vs. 3G and this doesn’t help. I might pay for one month of unlimited 3g in a year period so I will use the iPad mostly with WiFi.

  5. @iSteve, if you have an iPhone already, or plan to jump on one of the new ones this summer, why not leave the 3G connectivity to the iPhone and treat the iPad like a reader/movie-viewer.

  6. @ Joemama — since it does nothing for you,, I will take it off your hands for $5 bucks, I know you think it sucks and all,, but I will sacrifice and take that problem off your hands.

  7. @ MPetryq

    Since I still have a 2.5G iPhone I do exactly the opposite. In fact, I don’t really see myself needing the iPhone for many Internet tasks any more. This iPad is just too awesome.

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