A Teardown Review of the iPad Mini 4

iPad Mini 4 vs iPad Air 2When Apple launched the iPad Mini 4, they claimed it was similar to the iPad Air 2 in terms of hardware specifications. iFixit has cracked open the new kid on the block to reveal their similarities in terms of features and design. From the features suggested on the apple website, one could easily give it to the iPad Mini 4 that it’s a smaller version of the iPad Air 2. Lets look at the similarities they enjoy according to iFixit.

Measurements of the iPad Mini 4 are pretty close to the iPad Air 2. Both the devices are really thin at 6.1mm. At the same time, iFixit has pointed out that the iPad Mini 4 also comes with the full laminated screen technology,  much like the iPad Air 2.

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The website also suggests that the Touch ID cable of the iPad Mini 4 is now directly integrated into the display cable, which was also brought into the iPad Air 2. Note that this makes it extremely hard to repair the display panel if needed.

iPad Mini 4 has a single cell battery, which makes it easier to take it out when required. Not only that, the iFixit review suggests the battery is thinner and smaller than that of the iPad Mini 3. The Apple website says iPad Mini 4 has a 19.1 Wh battery.

Some other feature worth noting are the 8MP rear camera along with 1.2MP front camera, which are also provided with the iPad Air 2. Again, both tablets enjoy Apple’s A8 processor and M8 co-processor. However, the iPad Mini 4 now comes with the iOS 9, which makes it an advancement over the bigger iPad Air 2. 

The problem with most of Apple’s products is that they are hard to repair. This issue is going to haunt iPad Mini 4 users as well since extreme amount of adhesive has been used inside the tablet. Even the lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, making the device immensely hard to open and repair. iPad Mini 4 has got a reparability rate of 2 out of 10 according to experts.… Read the rest

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