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Building an iPad from scratch...?

Discussion in 'iPad DIY' started by KOD, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. KOD
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    Hi All,

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    A good friend of mine owns a small company supplying parts, for phones ect and had alot of iPad parts - he said i can have any part at cost price as he is curious if i can build an iPad.

    So far i can obtain the following parts for around £170 (all OEM parts, All new)

    Battery
    16GB silver rear case
    16GB Wi-Fi logic board
    Digitizer
    LCD
    WI-Fi antenna + housing
    Headphone jack
    LCD harness (cable)
    Blue-tooth antenna
    mid frame
    volume / power buttons
    GPS antenna
    Home button
    home button board
    Complete screw and adhesive kit

    Do i need anything else? am i missing anything? any help would be appreciated as i don't want to buy all of these parts to find out im missing something important and expensive.

    Thanks in advance

    K.O.D
  2. DontUnderstandMyIpad
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    Do you know how to install the iOS? I am also assuming there is some sort BIOS as well. You probably cannot install iOS through iTunes, if the device is not recognized as an iPad.

    It seems like an interesting idea to build your own iPad, but I don't think you can install iOS on it.
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    I would think i could put it in DFU mode and plug it into iTunes? Or maybe the logic board comes with the OS (will have to check)
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    Can a GPS antenna be put into a WiFi board? I thought that only the 3G had that?
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    Of course.

    The reason why only 3G has GPS is because they share their circuitry and Apple didn't bother including a separate GPS antenna for the Wifi only version. But if you change the hardware, you might just add a GPS antenna.
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    Its worth trying, the logic board does accommodate the 3G antenna - plug it in and see that happens i guess.

    I think i just need the internal volume / power buttons and internal cable (struggling to find) and the light sensor
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    Ipads, iphones, ipod touches, apple tv's ALL verify when you set them up...this won't work, you'll need a mac pro for size, and find a copy of the os, and a dev kit...that's the best shot...and that still won't work...

    ipod touchs have gps on wifi...
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    If the Hard-Reboot on PCs are build into the hardware even if the the OS is pretty much broken then the iPad should have DFU mode build in because I know that when you run android on a iDevice still responds if you hard-reboot/put it into DFU mode. So I wish you good luck on your project!!

    Edit: I think that the bios is automatically set up when it's made in the factory.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011
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    this is an awesome idea! although your probably need these iPad Display Clip Set - iFixit

    and ifixit is probably a good place to start for assembly!

    good luck!
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    I say go for it, no matter what anyone says, they dont really know if you can or not, only you will know after you try it.
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    Is the logic board populated? If it is, I think you might be able to do this.
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    If you don't mind please post your progress here.
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    I'm curious to know more... I'd love to see pictures.
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    im definitely keeping an eye on this thread. you would have the worlds first homemade ipad!
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    same here

    as for os and hardware not available, second hand broken ipads?
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    Unless you have access to the Apple proprietary chips (which will have at least a rudimentary BIOS in them), this project is for naught.
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    There's sort of a history to this; the original idea came some time ago when a member realised that he could purchase iPad spares that would be used to repair faulty iPads - i.e. a spare processor card, a spare LCD screen, a spare case etc etc and that member surmised that the cost of these spares would be less than the cost of a new iPad....I'm not saying I agree, of course, and I can see innumerable pitfalls but most certainly the idea was not to, say, design a bespoke processor card and populate it with custom Apple chips....

    Good fun...

    Tim
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    The iPad doesn't have a BIOS but instead has a Bootloader which includes Restore mode. One time my iPad went into restore mode without a OS so when I reset it it went back into restore mode. So after you created your iPad it's done press home until a "connect to iTunes screen" appears and then connect to iTunes to set it up.

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    Any progress on the worlds first homemade iPad ??? Would love to see some progress pics.
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    Any updates or is this a dead thread ?

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