As is customary with major device releases, iFixit
has gotten their hands dirty with one of Apple’s latest releases and tore the device down to its bare components – the iPad Mini with Retina display, which started going on sale yesterday
. Less than two weeks ago
, iFixit also tore down Apple's new iPad Air.
As we now know thanks to recent benchmarks, the iPad Mini with retina display boasts a five times performance boost
over the previous iPad Mini. The new device carries a dual-core 64-bit A7 chip clocked at the same speed as the iPhone 5s, as well as 1GB of memory, and Toshiba-branded flash storage.
iFixit notes during its teardown that the front glass is glued down with a significant amount of glue, making it difficult to remove the face for repairs. After getting into the device's retina display, iFixit finds that LG is the supplier of the display.
Notably, the iPad Mini with retina display is just ever-so-slightly thicker than the previous iPad Mini, and iFixit attributes this to a much larger battery pack. The new tablet’s battery is a 24.3 Whr battery, while the previous iPad Mini only had a 16.3 Whr battery. The additional power is necessary for all the new technology in the latest version of the tablet. The battery is heavily glued in place during the device's manufacturing.
After all is said and done, and logic boards, displays, and components are removed from the aluminum casing of the iPad Mini with retina display, iFixit gives the iPad Mini with retina display a 2 out of 10 repairability rating.
The good, being that the battery isn't soldered to the logic board and that the front glass panel and display aren't one piece. The bad, being that there is a large amount of glue and hidden screws that can make taking parts out of the device a nightmare, as well as the fact that the Lightning connector is soldered to the logic board. The repairability score is tied with Apple's iPad Air.