The teardown experts from iFixit flew halfway around the world to be there when March 16 rolled past the International Date Line into Australia. iFixit's team was the first in line to buy an iPad at a Telstra store in Melbourne, and set immediately to disassembling the device to poke at its innards. Unsurprisingly, most of the inside is occupied by a massive 42.5Whr battery.
Prying off the glass cover and Retina screen revealed the part numbers for the display panel. It appears to be made by Samsung, with part numbers matching a pattern used for previous Samsung panels. Rumors had suggested that LG and Sharp were also considered as suppliers for the iPad 3's 9.7" 2048x1536 pixel display, though it seems that Samsung is the only supplier pumping out enough volume for Apple at launch.