This month’s Apple product launch went on for ages, but the company spent nearly no time talking about the new iPad Mini 4.
A new teardown offers some much-needed insight into the latest version of Apple’s scaled-down tablet.
The cracking open of the iPad Mini 4 in question comes courtesy of long-time tech tinkerers iFixit.
The teardown reveals that the iPad Mini 4 has 2GB of RAM, which confirms the results of previous benchmarks.
The device also runs on a 1.5GHz A8 chipset, not the A8X chip that launched with last year’s iPad Air 2.
Also inside the new iPad is a 5,145mAh battery. That’s interesting, because it’s a reduction from the 6,471mAh cell featured in the iPad Mini 3.
iPad Mini 3 (left), iPad Mini 4 (right)
However, Apple does claim that the iPad Mini 4 has the same battery life as its predecessor. We’ll have to wait for a review version to put that boast to the test.
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It’s likely that the reduction in battery capacity also helped Apple slim down the tablet.
For contrast, the iPad Mini 3 has a thickness of 7.5mm, while the iPad Mini 4’s profile is just 6.1mm.
To that end, the battery has been thinned, the FaceTime camera slimmed, the LCD and glass fused together, and the antennas moved, all in the name of svelte-hood.
The teardown also resulted in an ease-of-repair verdict of 2/10 – 10 being the easiest to repair. Ouch.
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