Apple officially announced earlier this week that Apple stores in each of the 10 iPad 3 launch countries would open at 8 AM local time, with Australians being amongst the first to get their hands on Apple’s new iPad.

The folks from iFixit picked up the new iPad from a retail store in Melbourne, and have promptly posted a full teardown. Here is what they found:

  • An A5X system-on-a-chip with a manufacturing date stamp from Jan 2012.
  • A Samsung-manufactured retina display (a recent report indicates that Samsung are the sole supplier of display panels for the iPad 3).
  • A Broadcom BCM4430 Wi-Fi / Bluetooth chip.
  • Toshiba-produced flash memory.
  • Qualcomm MDM9600 wireless chip.
  • A 70% larger battery than that found in the iPad 2, with the increase in size accounting for the iPad 3’s improvement in battery life.