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Second generation iPad mini with Retina display gets the teardown treatment
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.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The iPad Air is the fifth generation of Apple's highly remarkable tablet. It features a 9.7 inch Retina display and is powered by a 64 bit, A7 chip running iOS 7. Other features includes a 5MP camera that shoots HD video, an improved front facing FaceTime camera, Siri and dual microphones. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of storage. Last but not least, the iPad Air weighs only 1 pound.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
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