Apple iPad mini with Retina display gets the teardown treatment, scores low for repairability

Apple iPad mini with Retina display gets the teardown treatment, scores low for repairability
On Tuesday, the Apple iPad mini with Retina display was launched. Thanks to problems at Sharp regarding the production of the Retina display panel, Apple had to delay the release of the product. According to a report that came out last week, the Japanese manufacturer is having problems with burn-in on the LCD screen that it is producing for the slate.

Now that the Apple iPad mini with Retina display has been launched, the guys at iFixit have done their thing which means that they have taken the tablet apart, component by component. With a repairability score of 2 out of 10, the iPad mini with Retina display matches the score achieved by the new full-sized Apple iPad Air which means that it is in your best interest to be super careful with either model.

While tearing down the new iPad mini, iFixit jotted down some interesting notes about the device. First, it is worth noting that the improved resolution of the 7.9 inch screen is 2048 x 1536, which matches the resolution on the iPad Air. But because the iPad mini with Retina display sports a smaller 7.9 inch screen, the pixel density on the latter is a much more impressive 326ppi than the 264ppi seen on the iPad Air.

Speaking about the improved display, Apple had to buff up the battery in order to feed the power-hungry higher resolution screen. The cell found on the new slate is a 6471mAh capacity battery which is a jump over the battery found on last year's Apple iPad mini. Despite the more powerful cell, Apple lists the battery life for the iPad with Retina display at the same 10 hours that the battery on the OG model was rated for. This hints that the extra power on the new battery is indeed being used to power up the Retina display on the new model.

Also found inside the tablet is the same A7 SoC found inside the Apple iPhone 5s, right down to the same part number. While it is the Sharp produced Retina displays causing the issues for Apple, the panel found on the unit used by iFixit was manufactured by LG Display. Apple recently asked Samsung to start making displays for the iPad mini sequel. As far back as June, there was speculation that Apple would be relying on its rival to deliver some of the glass for the tablet.

source: iFixit

Related phones

iPad mini 2
  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6471 mAh



1. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Same speed A7 as 5s, not the bumped up speed in the Air. Apple probably did that to conserve battery life.

2. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Or to part of a ploy to trick you into buy another they release a faster Mini in 3 months. Stealing a page out of Intel's playbook.

5. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I more inclined to believe battery life. The screen resolution is the same as the Air, but the battery in the Mini Retina is 2/3 the Air. If they want the same battery life as the Air, they had to sacrifice somewhere.

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Probably just not as bright as the air because they don't need it that bright to cover 7.9 vs 9.7.

6. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Are you judging capitalist for taking advantage of what is offered or just voicing your jealousy

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Obviously they don't want it to be easy to repair. They wouldn't be opening their own expensive repairing service if it was cheap or easy for 3rd parties to repair their stuff. Got to make money some how in this cruel analyst/speculator ridden economy.

4. stealthd unregistered

I think it has more to do with getting the design they want. HTC is doing the same thing with their phones now, and they don't have local repair centers.

8. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Dont buy freaking iPads...why? Once broken,you will knee and cry on it...just like my cousin..

9. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Repair?.. Its cheap to manufacture and produce things today. Go repair your shoes, you

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