Happy iPad Mini launch day! Sure the iPad Mini is cute. But the gurus at ifixit.com – home of repair manuals and parts for gadgets galore – want to get to the bottom of the device. So yes, they dissected an out-of-the-box unit earlier this week in their iPad Mini Teardown. View the step by step process at the video below or on their website.
Interesting findings along the way include:
Held together with “lots of adhesive”
Glass not fused to the front display – makes for easy repairability
Same metal plate protecting internals, like with newest iPod Touch
Confusion as to batteries real specs (information on the battery varies versus spec information released by Apple). Regardless, ifixit seems curious as to whether battery will last 10 hours – as reported – as the mini battery has about 50% of the power of an iPad 2.
Dock connector sodered to the logic board – means connector replacement has to include a new board
As they do with other devices, ifixit gives the iPad Mini a ‘repairability score’. I’ll let you watch the video to see the results. If an iPad Mini may be in your future but you are seeking feedback take a look and give ifixit’s findings consideration before you buy.