Apple’s second generation iPad mini with Retina display is the latest gadget to find its way to the operating table of teardown specialist iFixit. And much like the iPad Air before it, the new mini earns a poor repairability score of 2 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to fix).
We’ll start with the positives this time around. The teardown team found the LCD and glass are not fused together and can be replaced independently. What’s more, the battery is not soldered to the logic board or other components – another positive. But that’s pretty much where the good news ends.
As with previous iPads, the second coming of the mini is held together with copious amounts of sticky adhesive. This is no longer a surprise really but it still makes repair extremely difficult. Once inside, we find a hulking 3.75V, 24.3 Whr, 6471mAh battery that’s much larger than the 16.3 Whr unit found in last year’s model. It’s likely necessary to retain the same 10 hour battery claims now that a higher resolution display is in play.
Elsewhere, iFixit found the Lightning connector soldered to the logic board. A word of caution here: don’t bend the pins when manipulating it. There are also multiple very small screws that could become easily misplaced during disassembly and the presence of some hidden screws means you’ll need to be extra diligent when attempting to remove internal components.
With such a low repairability score, you’ll likely be best to leave any major repairs to the professionals as to not cause any further damage.