Apple’s iPad mini is now on store shelves, and the engineers at iFixit were ahead of the game with their teardown. They were quick to tear it apart, revealing quite a few surprises regarding the smaller design and its components.
The iPad mini shares design patterns similar to other Apple iDevices like the iPhone 5 and fifth-gen iPod Touch. After removing a few screws take off the mini’s back-plate, iFixit learned the LCD display is made by Samsung. They also noticed that Apple continues to use large amounts of adhesive to fuse many of its components together (especially the battery), which iFixit claims would make repairs “very expensive.”
The teardown also revealed that the iPad mini’s battery has a 3.72 V, 4400 mAh capacity and that the A5 Soc processor chip seems to be the same found in the new fifth-gen iPod touch. The A5 processor apparenlty has 512MB of RAM, contrary to the reports which claimed the iPad mini would have the same 1GB of RAM like the 4th generation iPad. iFixit also discovered after removing the lighting connector pot that the iPad mini has stereo speakers, the first iPad to do so.
After the teardown, iFixit concluded that Apple has once again created a product that is “extremely difficult” to repair, rating it a 2 out of 10 on their repairability scale.