iPad mini 4 teardown reveals 2GB RAM, smaller battery, and a slimmer FaceTime camera

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 18 Sep 2015

iPad mini 4 teardown

At its ‘Hey Siri’ event earlier this month, Apple unveiled the iPad mini 4 with updated internals and a shell that was similar to the iPad Air 2. The company did not reveal any details about the changes made to the tablet though, and only mentioned it in passing during the event.

Now, thanks to the teardown of the tablet from iFixit, key details about the iPad mini 4’s internals have now been confirmed. The site confirms that the latest generation mini comes with 2GB RAM and a smaller battery than its predecessor.

While the iPad mini 3 had a 6,471 mAh battery, the mini 4 features a significantly smaller 5,124 mAh one. Apple, however, says that the iPad mini 4 will offer the same battery life as previous mini tablets, likely due to the increase in efficiency of other components used inside it.

iPad mini 4 teardown

Additionally, the teardown also reveals that the front glass and the display unit of the iPad mini 4 have been fused together and slimmed down, and most of its internals have been moved around to help achieve its thinness of 6.1 mm. The z-height of the FaceTime camera has been reduced and the Wi-Fi antenna has been moved around the top and bottom edges of the device, as well. Apple had most most of these changes on the iPad Air 2 as well, so this should not really come as a surprise now, especially since the iPad mini 4 is essentially a miniature version of it.

Previously, the folks over at Ars Technica had confirmed that the A8 chipset inside the new mini is clocked at 1.5GHz, which makes slightly faster than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but slower than the A8X chipset found inside the iPad Air 2.

[Via iFixit]