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New iPad: iFixit co-founder flies to Australia to nab tablet early

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Lots of people want the new iPad, but how far would you be willing to go to get one? Would you go over 2,000 miles?

Luke Soules, the co-founder of the repair manual Web site iFixit, flew all the way to Australia to be one of the world’s first people to buy the new iPad. The site iFixit is known for its penchant for pulling apart devices, meaning that Soules promptly started to tear into the tablet in order to post pictures of a live teardown on his site.

According to a report from the Herald Sun, the midnight turnout was “modest.” Soules told the newspaper that he was surprised that the lines were longer for the iPad launch.

“I waited 12 hours for the iPhone 4S and I was only 17th in the queue,” he said.

The teardown on iFixit revealed that the new iPad seems to have Samsung screen and found that the new battery has seen a significant upgrade.

“While the iPad 2 housed a formidable 25 watt-hour Li-ion battery, the iPad 3 has upped the ante to the tune of 42.5 watt-hours,” the blog said, speculating that the extra power will go to powering the iPad’s extra RAM and improved graphics processor.

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