The iFixit team has posted its teardown of the iPad mini 5 revealing all its internals. The teardown confirms the mini iPad comes with 3GB RAM and despite sharing the same internals as the 10.5-inch iPad Air, it is actually quite different internally.
What’s also notable is that unlike the iPhones, the iPad mini does not use the same level of construction. Unlike iPhones, a lot of components inside the iPad mini 5 are glued together in a way that makes replacing or repairing them almost impossible. The lack of battery pull tabs and a tricky removal of the home button means that both battery replacement and display repair are unnecessarily complex on the iPad mini 5.
The teardown otherwise does not reveal any other surprises about the iPad mini 5, with Apple using familiar components.
The teardown also confirms that the iPad mini 5 comes with the same 19.32 Wh battery as the iPad mini 4 held in place by plenty of glue. Overall, the iPad mini 5 got a repairability score of 2 out of 10. The team notes that while a single Phillips screwdriver is enough to take care of all the screws inside the iPad mini 5, battery and display replacement are tough. Similarly, while many internal components are modular in nature, the Lightning port — which has a higher chance of failing — is soldered to the motherboard.
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