Apple's iPad mini 4 gets the teardown treatment, turns out there's a smaller battery in it as well

To say that the new iPad mini 4 got its fair share of spotlight time during Apple's latest keynote event will be a serious overstatement. The new member of Apple's small-sized iPad was only treated to merely 30 seconds of on-stage time. The reason for this were the iPad Pro, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which were the true stars of the show. 

We already knew it has an 1.5GHz Apple A8 chipset inside, which is aided by 2GB of RAM, but thanks to a recent iFixit teardown, other tidbits of info became clear. For one, it was revealed that the iPad mini 4 has a smaller battery than its predecessor. Whereas the iPad mini 3 hauled a two-cell 6,471mAh battery inside, its successor comes with a thinner, single-cell 5,124mAh one. 

Despite the stark difference in the capacity department, Apple claims that the downgrade hasn't had a detrimental effect on the battery life of the new slate. In fact, Apple claims an endurance of 10 hours for the iPad mini 4, which is the same as the official stamina stats of the iPad mini 3.

Additionally, the teardown revealed that the new slate has "stolen" a few features of its larger peers, like the fully-laminated screen. Some additional changes over the past generation are antennas that are split between the top and the bottom part of the device. The display and the glass on top of it are now fused to one another, making display changes a cumbersome task. 

As a result, iFixit awards the new munchkin with a repairability score of 2 out of 10 points, which is not that great. Still, the device is praised for its easily-interchangeable battery, but criticized for the hard to replace display. Check out the insides of the device below.

source: iFixit via MacRumors

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iPad mini 4
  • Display 7.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 5124 mAh



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What's up with this stupid trend of making batteries smaller. Samsung and Apple need their asses kicked for this crap. How thin can these things get man?

5. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

One of the few times I agree with you. This trend is absolute bulls**t and is why I will keep my 3000mAh G2 for a hopefully long time.

12. Furbal unregistered

Seriously, theres nothing wrong with 9-10mm thick phones, just curve the edges ala Note 5/G3/Moto X and shove a larger battery in

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man I love everything about my N5 bro, styling, features, battery life. The whole kit in kabootle

15. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Totally agree with you on this one. Samsung and apple are always a step backward in their battery department. Sad to say but these are all marketing strategy, if they'll add a good battery life then people will buy phones every 2-3 years and no profit for them.

2. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Can Apple just deviate in their 10-hour battery life? Almost every iDevice has a 10-hour life. Go more than that, Apple.

3. scramasax

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 07, 2015

What a pleasant surprise it would be to get a new Apple product little thicker with a bigger battery and 14 hours of autonomy !!!... Unfortunately I am afraid this will EVER happen.

4. gaming64 unregistered

I mean, why make the battery smaller? You can't just trust on software to save battery. You also need some capacity to store some delicious power at least.

7. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015


8. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

You have think of it from the manufacturer's perspective. Smaller battery is a cheaper battery. If they can meet their battery life requirement with a cheaper battery, why not?

6. Gadgetex

Posts: 200; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

They should have left it the same size and gave us a bigger battery. They also could have used the extra space to put in larger speakers and more RAM. The specs should be much better when compared the iPhone 6s. We just got 1 lousy GB of RAM extra. We went from iPad mini to iPad Mini 4 with a gain of 1GB of RAM. At least add 1GB of RAM with each update. We should be at at 3-4GB of RAM by now so our tabs on Safari do not need to refresh and reload every time we switch tabs or go to another app only to come back and find that it need to download again. Having extra RAM allows us to download news stories from Flipboard or Bloomberg to read later on after the flight takes off on long flights. These should be the basics in the iPad. Bigger should have bigger advantages instead of just a bigger screen with higher resolution.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's a huge difference. I don't think Samsung will be shrinking the batteries any further now that the ground up redesign is complete. It made sense for them because the only problem with the GS5 was girth and looks. This 1000 mah drop for the Mini makes no sense.

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung got a new type of battery being used in the gear s2 it will make it easy for Samsung if they use it in the s7 to give like 3000 size but at the same size battery as what they used in the s6, no joke I..e keep the same size but bigger power

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lol ok

14. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Once it was mainly Apple obsessed with thinness and reducing battery size to give only just the average of what you might need but even Samsung are going all style over substance on us.

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