November 13, 2013
The folks over at iFixit are out with a teardown of the just released iPad mini with Retina display. Not surprisingly, the tablet has been found to be a cross between the iPad Air and the iPhone 5s. As noted in the teardown, the second-generation iPad mini is a tad thicker than the previous model, 0.3 mm. This change helps to accommodate the larger 24.3WHr battery. Last year’s model included a 16.3WHr battery. The 326ppi display included in iFixit’s test model was manufactured by LG, and includes a Parade DP675 LCD driver. This is very similar to the Parade DP655 found on the iPad Air. The iPad mini with Retina display also includes the same Broadcom touchscreen controllers used in the iPhone Air, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5. Interestingly enough, the A7 found on the iPad mini is more similar to the one found on the iPhone 5s, as opposed to “the iPad Air's hotrod 1.4 GHz version.” In terms of repairability, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the new iPad mini didn't score well. On a 10-point scale, it received a rating of two. Here's a video of the teardown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iVB3ASkov6Q Have you purchased an iPad mini with Retina display yet?