At its occasion earlier this month, Apple took the wraps off of a refreshed iPad mini 4 that’s practically an identical to the iPad Air 2, however clearly in a smaller kind issue. This night, the crew at iFixit has shared its detailed teardown images of the iPad mini 4 and as anticipated, they present what is basically a scaled down iPad Air 2.
One function the iPad mini 4 steals from the iPad Air 2 is the totally laminated display know-how, which lends itself to a thinner design. The glass and show are adhered collectively, giving it a extra inflexible design and making display repairs tougher. iFixit additionally notes that the iPad mini has retained a battery design that makes it simple to disconnect, not like the battery discovered within the bigger iPads. One other small similarity between the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 is that the Contact ID cable is now built-in straight into the show cable.
So far as the battery goes, the iPad mini 4’s energy provide is each smaller and thinner than the iPad mini 3’s and is a a single cell, as an alternative of two. The antenna design has additionally been modified. Half of the antennas are actually positioned on the highest of the machine – like in an iPad Air – and half are positioned on the underside, like a earlier era mini.
iFixIt’s teardown additionally reveals the machine’s new 8MP rear-camera and 1.2MP FaceTime shooter. The within additionally homes Apple’s A8 processor parked with 2GB of RAM.
In the long run, iFixit provides the iPad mini 4 a 2 out of 10 for repairability. The location praises the machine for that includes an simply detachable battery, however slams jut about each different facet of the design. For what it’s price, the iPad Air 2 additionally obtained a 2 out of 10 for repairability, as did the iPad mini 3.
- The LCD and entrance panel glass are actually fused collectively. This barely simplifies the opening process.
- The fused entrance panel additionally will increase the price of repairing a cracked display, and will increase threat of harm to the LCD when opening.
- The Lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, so don’t bend its pins.
- Gobs of adhesive maintain every part in place making all repairs tougher.
- Eradicating the house button is a troublesome however required job for show substitute if you wish to preserve Contact ID performance.
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