04 April 2019
Apple iPad Mini 5 unexpectedly shown up before the company’s big event last month. The Apple Pencil support, advanced Retina display, and the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad Mini comes as a valid upgrade over its predecessor. Now, the iFixit team has taken one unit of the newly launched iPad Mini to let you know about its innards. The firm expert in doing teardowns of the latest gadgets disassemble the iPad Mini too and compares it with the likes of the iPad Mini 4 as well while explaining what new concept did Apple adopt this time.
iFixit concludes that while many components are modular and can be replaced independently, it’s not easy to repair. On the repairability score, the new iPad Mini 5 gets 2 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair. iFixit reports after its teardown that removing the home button is tough, and will be required for display replacement if you want to keep Touch ID functionality.
On the exterior, the new iPad Mini looks nearly identical to its predecessor. The only differences are the model numbers mentioned on the back which of course, are different. Despite the updated version of the iPad Mini 4, the battery size is the same, rated for 19.32Wh, though, it’s a slightly different model. The front-facing camera module has been updated to a 7MP sensor as well alongside the True Tone display technology.
The teardown reveals the iPad Mini 5 has Bluetooth 5.0 technology and includes 3GB RAM, which was previously suggested by Geekbench scores. Other difficulties that could occur is battery replacement which according to iFixit is, however, possible but still “unnecessarily difficult.”