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© ifixit Teardowns | December 22, 2015

Apple iPad Mini 4 revealed to be a small iPad Air 2

The Appleverse is chock-full of new and refreshed gizmos. First item of the fall Apple offerings on our teardown table—the iPad Mini 4.

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Apple seems to have homogenized their iPad lineup by putting an iPad Mini 3 and an iPad Air 2 in a fusion chamber—boom, iPad Mini 4. A fused display, 8 MP iSight camera, and 2 GB of RAM in the same 7.9" mini form factor some of us love.

While the design looks cleaner and the specs are better, repairability didn’t improve correspondingly. The iPad Mini 4 inherits a miserable 2-out-of-10 score from both the Mini 3 and the Air 2. No gold stars from us, Apple.

iPad Mini 4 Teardown highlights:

The Mini 4 features the same fully laminated screen tech we've seen in the iPad Air 2, at Mini 3 size and resolution. This is part of what makes the Mini 4 18% thinner than the Mini 3—but it's also more expensive to fix when you drop it.

Not only is the battery thinner and of lesser capacity, it's now a single cell, instead of two. And still no handy adhesive tabs à la iPhone.

This iPad is some kind of Mini/Air hybrid—half its antennas on the top (like an Air), half on the bottom (like a standard Mini).

iPad Mini 4 hardware:
  • Apple A8 APL1011 SoC, with SK Hynix H9CKNNN8KTBUSR 2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMR 16 GB NAND flash
  • NXP Semiconductors 65V10 NFC controller
  • NXP Semiconductors LPC18B1UK (Apple M8 motion co-processor)
  • Apple 338S1213 audio codec
  • Universal Scientific Industrial 339200045 Wi-Fi module
  • Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller
  • Texas Instruments 343S0583 touchscreen controller

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