Apple iPad mini torn down: stereo speakers, screen from Samsung

Apple iPad mini torn down: stereo speakers, screen from Samsung
If you wanted to see the Apple iPad mini from the inside you are not alone, and what’s more important - now you can. Device surgeons from iFixit have gotten their hands on the 7.9-inch iPad and are posting the teardown live.

They are almost done, and it seems the iPad mini is not extremely tough to repair. For once the LCD and front glass are separate, so you can replace just one of them. Additionally, somewhat surprisingly Apple has used a Samsung-made LCD. This contradicts rumors about Apple trying to cut its ties with Samsung, but it could also be the case that Samsung is not the only company making screens for the iPad mini.

Good news is - as we’ve recently learned - that the iPad mini features stereo speakers in an improvement over earlier iPads. This is one of the benefits from the smaller Lightning connector, and you thought there weren’t any!

Check it all out at the source below.

source: iFixit

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iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh



1. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Transitioning from Samsung won't be so easy. How can Apple just ditch a large scale supplier like Samsung? It's like requesting 100 bags of grain from a backyard gardener instead of a farmer with large fields. Seriously not easy.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I suspect Apple learned a lesson from the iP5 experience....

6. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

screen from samsung??? Wh am I not surprised :) Even Apple knows who is the best and they've got to come back to the best :)

2. wendygarett unregistered

Love iPad mini... But just got a nexus 7 instead... Check out my rate on user review on nexus 7 :)

7. iHeartApple

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

You shouldn't rate nexus 7 that high, nexus is a crap and iPad is a real babe here

8. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

So you're saying it's better to have a a slower processor, half the RAM, a sub HD display and a grid of apps? Okay buddy

13. blingblingthing

Posts: 947; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

What about the lightning adapter mas11? That changed everything.

14. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Damn forgot about that, now you don't have to worry about which way you plug it in, it has a cool name and the cable is ONLY $30!

20. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Give me a $129 and it'll be just like you bought yourself an iPad mini, only with a better screen.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Samsung quality.

5. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Better be not.

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You know the Surface Pro has Intel Ivy Bridge with Intel HD 4000 Graphic, this thing can run both Crysis 1 & 2. I've tested it and already completed both games. Something that no iPads can do. What you're getting with Surface Pro, is real power in hand. The only thing we need now, is touch optimized control for those games.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And how much will Microsoft charge for this beast? You can't compare to the iPad or other ARM-based tablets without mentioning how much more an Ivy Bridge tablet will cost. I'm sure Steve Ballmer appreciates you advertising here though.

18. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

However much it costs, it's too much. Especially since you can't change the battery. Why doesn't any company make a tablet where the battery is interchangeable? After a couple of years, the battery will die and it'll change from tablet to paperweight.

22. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

the price of surface will be high...look what we get for that price...U say ipad charges less???

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is going to e tough for Samsung to find someone that sells that many screens, LG makes their own, HTC and Moto don't sellt eh volume Apple does...

11. wayee1

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

nexus 7 ! have better ppi, is more confortable in the hand.. is more economic have android jelly bean, for me nexus still better deal..!

12. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I cant wait until the Nexus 10 comes out and spits on all of these stupid tablets!!!!! Nexus 10 FTW

15. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Wow stereo speakers! That fully justifies the new connector and the old accessories you must throw away.

17. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Every time PA mentions the lighting adapter I die a little. Good luck next time you run out of battery and forgot the adapter at home. Charging adapters should just be universal. I love the fact that Android uses micro usb for charging. Everyone and their mothers have one of those.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So Apple doesn't know how to make screens or phone hard ware what a surprise

21. mydi.maus unregistered

wow ipad mini got stereos?is it dolby digital too?or maybe surround sound?haha

23. GeekMovement unregistered

Still relying on Samsung I see...

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