The heatgun-happy hardware hackers over at iFixit have done it again. Within days of the iPad mini with Retina display's release, they have meticulously torn apart the device. Apple's latest tiny tablet earned a disappointing 2/10 on the repairability score — the same as the original model.
In-between taking apart the guts of the iPad mini with Retina display, iFixit noted the apparent plateau of Apple tablet's imaging components. Like the original iPad mini, the latest model has a 5MP back-facing camera. Both cameras proved to be troublesome to remove as they are secured with "copious amounts of adhesive."
From iFixit's conclusion:
- The LCD and glass are not fused together and can be replaced independently.
- The battery is not soldered to the logic board or other components.
- Teeny-tiny screws can be easily misplaced if you're not careful. Don't sneeze too hard while taking them off.
- Copious amounts of adhesive hold many components in place—front glass, battery, front camera, back camera, ribbon cables—making repair extremely difficult.
- The Lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, so don't bend its pins.
- Hidden screws mean you'll need to be very diligent when trying to remove internal components.