If you're going to fly around the world to be among the first on Earth to get a new iPad, you may as well run directly to a workshop with your new prize, the better to tear it apart in a matter of minutes.
That's what iFixit has become famous for, and the gadget repair firm has done it again. The firm's co-founder Luke Soules flew to Melbourne, Australia, to get a head start on the rest of the world, and the opportunity to crack open the device and see what's inside it.
It's not just idle curiosity either -- the iPad's dozens of components tell an important business story: which electronics makers have wooed Apple with the most advanced screens, radios, microchips and other components -- and secured themselves multimillion-dollar contracts in so doing.
Soules' research revealed that Irvine-based Broadcom Corp., for instance, supplied the new iPad with its combined Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip, among the most competitive parts of the new generation of mobile devices. Broadcom competes along with firms like Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and others to get design "wins" -- that is, to get their components in a product like the iPad.