iFixit tears iPad Mini apart, finds it's not easy to repair
Why do we love to see technology reduced to its component parts? We're not sure why we enjoy looking at the inner workings of the latest gadgets and gizmos, but we sure do like seeing it done by the expert folks at iFixit who've just disected the iPad Mini.
With a whole lot of glue holding the thing together and expensive battery replacement cost ($99) relative to the price ($329 for the base model), the iPad Mini earned a low repairability score of 2 out of 10 on the iFixit scale.
It appears a Samsung chip is behind the LCD screen, though iFixit couldn't completely confirm the manufacturer. The display may in fact be multi-sourced by makers including AU Optronics and LG.Other findings:
- A large single 16.5 Whr cell battery drives the iPad Mini
- The Apple A5 processor is the same as the latest iPod Touch, with 512 MB RAM
- Same Murata 339S0171 Wi-Fi as the iPhone 5
- Multi-chip Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controllers
- Hynix H2JTDG8UD2MBR 16 GB NAND Flash
Check out the video below to see the touchscreen in action, even when torn apart:
The full 23-step teardown is available on the iFixit website.
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