iFixit Tears Down the Retina iPad Mini

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It’s just not an iOS device launch without iFixit to tear down an iOS device. Website iFixit has taken apart the iPad mini with Retina display.

iFixit gives it a 2 out of 10 repairability rating with 10 being the easiest to repair. In other words, it’s probably not something you want to try to fix for yourself.

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Here are some interesting things they found:

  • The LCD and glass are not fused together and can be replaced independently.
  • The battery is not soldered to the logic board or other components.
  • Teeny-tiny screws can be easily misplaced if you’re not careful. Don’t sneeze too hard while taking them off.
  • Copious amounts of adhesive hold many components in place—front glass, battery, front camera, back camera, ribbon cables—making repair extremely difficult.
  • The Lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, so don’t bend its pins.
  • Hidden screws mean you’ll need to be very diligent when trying to remove internal components.

You can take a look at the full guide here.

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