As the newest iPads are being delivered/picked up from Apple stores today, that also means people are taking them apart to see what makes them tick. Yesterday, iFixit hit the iPad mini, and today we’re seeing yet more information about both that and the iPad 4th generation.
On a more micro level of the iPad mini, Chipworks took a look at the chips hidden inside the device. They confirmed that the iPad mini runs a 32mm, second generation A5 chip, made by Samsung. That’s the same chip as the iPad 2, Apple TV, and 5th gen iPod Touch. They also analyze a few other of the super-mega-tiny parts of the iPad mini.
Meanwhile, iFixit have done yet another teardown, this time of the iPad 4th generation. Even though substantially larger than the iPad mini, both devices got a repairability rating of just 2/10. On the positive side, the LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is gone, and the battery is not soldered in place. However, the front panel is glued down, there are huge amounts of adhesive holding everything together, and the LCD is stuck to the front panel. All in all, yet another extremely tricky to repair device.