iPad Mini 4 Teardown Confirms Smaller Battery and 2 GB RAM

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At its "Hey Siri" event, Apple announced an updated iPad mini 4 but largely glossed over any details, focusing its time on the iPhones 6s and 6s Plus, the new Apple TV and the iPad Pro. Today, iFixit completed its teardown for the device, confirming that it comes with a smaller battery than the previous iPad mini as well as 2 GB of RAM.


    While iFixit's teardown physically confirms that the iPad mini 4 has 2 GB of RAM, Ars Technica ran a GeekBench 3 test a couple days ago on the device, confirming that it runs a 1.5 GHz Apple A8 with 2 GB of RAM. This makes the iPad mini 4 faster than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which run a 1.4 GHz A8, and both the iPad mini 2 and 3, which run 1.3 GHz A7's.

    iFixit's teardown also confirmed that the device comes with a smaller, thinner single-cell battery. The iPad mini 4's battery is 5,124 mAh while the iPad mini 3's battery is 6,471 mAh. While the new battery is smaller, Apple claims the new iPad mini 4 retains the same battery life as the iPad mini 3.

    Finally, Apple has also refined, slimmed down and moved around many of the new iPad mini 4's parts due to shrinking the device's thickness from 7.5 mm (iPad mini 3) to 6.1 mm (iPad mini 4). For instance, the FaceTime camera has slimmed down, the battery has shrunk, the LCD and front panel glass are fused together and antennas have been moved both to the top and bottom of the device. iFixit's full teardown provides additional details on all the nips and tucks in the device.

    Article Link: iPad Mini 4 Teardown Confirms Smaller Battery and 2 GB RAM
  2. vanzantapple macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2010
  3. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    The fused display will make a huge difference to the magazine-like appearance. Yay.
  4. JCrz macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    This is bad. Very, very bad. We all know that smaller numbers = worse. That's why Android is better.
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Why thinner, we could probably have had 20% better battery life.
  6. JXShine macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2015
    Customers wanted longer battery life, so we decided to put in a smaller battery, so they can treasure every minute of their battery usage.
  7. chromite macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2013
    Let the "WE COULD'VE HAD BETTER BATTERY LIFE" comments begin.
  8. Brandon-411 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    Macville, USA.
    While I generally agree making the iPhones thinner and lighter is not beneficial at this point, I think tablets still benefit from any weight Apple can shave off of them.
  9. vanzantapple macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2010
  10. JCrz macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    No good. It should be as thick as a mattress and run for 6 months non-stop even though no one will need to use it for more than 8 hours at a time.
  11. JustMadeThisNameUp macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2015
    Smaller battery, but the same battery life as iPad Mini 3. Big deal, but I'm not getting an iPad with the same chip as my old iPhone 6, I'll take the same chip in the iPad Air 2 though.
  12. Designx macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2012
    I'd agree with a bigger battery for the phone but when it comes to tablets, weight is a huge factor. I agree with Apple's decision with this if the CPU is much more efficient then they can afford to lessen the battery.
  13. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    Is we a few doze
    Is "we" a few dozen MacRumors forum members? :)
  14. Icaras, Sep 17, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2015

    Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Not me. Not at the expense of thickness and weight. People keep forgetting this part:

    Longer battery life is always nice, but having a thinner and lighter device (they've got this thing to almost half a pound!) that matches last generation's battery life is even better for me. Excellent job goes to Apple for pulling this engineering feat off. Placed my order for the mini 4 earlier this week and getting it delivered tomorrow. Can't wait!
  15. haruhiko, Sep 17, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2015

    haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    How about the color gamut? Has it improved from the iPad mini 2 & 3? If it has, then the iPad mini is finally THE perfect mini tablet.

    EDIT: According to Ars Technica, the colour gamut of the iPad mini 4 has reached 99% sRGB level, on par with the iPad Air 2. Bravo!
  16. Eduardo Forneck macrumors regular

    Eduardo Forneck

    Jul 23, 2014
    No problem if the battery life still absolutelly the same, as apple tells (nothing worse)
  17. TT D'arby macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2014
    you don't get jokes do you?
  18. ugcop macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
    To please some people on this forum would take a liquid cooled processor, a car sized battery, a full sized keyboard, a terabyte of storage and 32G of memory........

    Wait I already have that, my desktop. The mini 4 is a great personal, portable product. Your choice is to buy it or not. Or, I guess you could buy Apple and build it your way.
  19. MaulRx Suspended

    Aug 27, 2012
    Sticking with 3. Bummer it won't get full multitasking features but I can deal with it.
  20. Eduardo Forneck macrumors regular

    Eduardo Forneck

    Jul 23, 2014
    Coudn't apple find a way to fill that empty space on the top of it? maybe if they had made the motherboard smaller and put it on the top of the ipad (it has basically the same components as the iphone 6 has, it doesn't need to big that big) so they could have made the battery to fill all the width of it.
  21. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    iPad mini 1: no A6 chip, no retina display o_O
    iPad mini 2: color gamut problem :(
    iPad mini 3: iPad mini 2 with Touch-ID for the same $399 :mad:
    iPad mini 4: no A8X chip :confused:

    Seems like the even-numbered iPad minis were the ones that were most "worth" buying. Even if the iPad mini 4 does not have a third-core, it still has the 2GB of RAM for split-screen multitasking.
  22. StuddedLeather macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2009
    Brooklyn, NYC
  23. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I so want one, but can't quite justify it. I've got a Mini2 retina and really, I mostly use it to read Kindle books. And it does that fine. About the only thing I miss is touch-id. Every time I pick it up I try to unlock it with my fingerprint like I do my iPhone 6. But that's hardly enough of a reason to spend the cash... so thinks my wife :)
  24. cocky jeremy macrumors 601

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Well, it's true. There's zero reason to go thinner on any Apple product. None. They're plenty thin enough. The tablets, the phones, the desktops, the laptops. They're well beyond what anyone could really want or need. It's just ridiculous at this point. Tossing aside extra battery life so they can show one more slide during the keynote that brags about shaving another .0067 mm from the newest iDevice. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  25. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    On my 64GB iPad mini 4 Space Gray now and loving it! Perfect size/weight combo for my couch surfing needs.

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