Some New Hints at the iPad’s Innards, Aided by the FCC

Companies that tear apart new gadgets to see who supplied key components are gearing up for a busy weekend with the launch of Apple’s iPad. But hints about some features came a day early.

That’s because hardware makers must submit new gadgets for review by the Federal Communications Commission, which worries about things like electromagnetic interference that products might generate. Some Web sites, including Engadget, got their hands on pictures of disassembled iPads that were posted on the FCC Web site as part of the certification process. After those images started popping up on Friday, hardware fans began analyzing them eagerly.

Names of chip suppliers may be treated as proprietary information, and the pictures on the FCC Web site masked images of the components so their suppliers’ name was not visible. But not too well, it seems. Folks at iFixit, a company that does teardowns, managed to exploit their understanding of how documents are handled in Adobe’s PDF format to produce some unredacted pictures.

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