iPad Mini 4 Teardown Confirms Smaller Battery and 2 GB RAM

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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.

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Icaras

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This is bad. Very, very bad. We all know that smaller numbers = worse. That's why Android is better.
Why thinner, we could probably have had 20% better battery life.
Customers wanted longer battery life, so we decided to put in a smaller battery, so they can treasure every minute of their battery usage
Not me. Not at the expense of thickness and weight. People keep forgetting this part:

While the new battery is smaller, Apple claims the new iPad mini 4 retains the same battery life as the iPad mini 3.
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!
 
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haruhiko

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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!
 
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TT D'arby

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People keep forgetting this part:



Longer battery life is always nice, but having a thinner device that matches last generations 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!
you don't get jokes do you?
 

Eduardo Forneck

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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.
 

Andres Cantu

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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.
 

happyslayer

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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 :)
 

cocky jeremy

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Let the "WE COULD'VE HAD BETTER BATTERY LIFE" comments begin.
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. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
 
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