iPad Mini Teardown Reveals Samsung Display Driver, A5 Chip, Stereo Speakers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iFixit is currently working on a teardown of the iPad mini, revealing the internal components of the device for the first time.

    One interesting development is the discovery of a Samsung display driver chip. It is unclear, however, whether this means that Samsung is also responsible for the display itself, as the codes found on the back of the display do not provide immediate evidence of its manufacturer. Display production had been reported to be split between AU Optronics and LG, with Samsung being left out on the iPad mini.

    iPad mini's A5 chip
    The teardown has also reached the logic board, revealing the A5 chip powering the device. The A5 chip found in iFixit's model carries date codes indicating that the package was put together in the 31st week of 2012, which would correspond to the end of July or the beginning of August.

    iPad mini's stereo speakers
    iFixit has also confirmed that the iPad mini contains stereo speakers, although the relatively small spacing between the two speakers means that the benefit of stereo sound will be marginal under most scenarios.

    iFixit's teardown is still underway, and we will update this post with any additional observations of interest that may surface.

    Article Link: iPad Mini Teardown Reveals Samsung Display Driver, A5 Chip, Stereo Speakers
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    If its a Sammy display driver then surely its a Sammy display?

    I'm more curious about how much RAM its sporting.
  3. AQUADock macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    Wonder how much ram it has? Most likely 512Mb.
  4. syavno macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Most likely. The iPad 2 does fine with that memory, it's really the retina resolution that requires more.
  6. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    I wonder now if all future iOS devices will have stereo speakers. :)
  7. macse30 macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2009
    I'm gonna reattach one ear to the other side of my head for better stereo reception.
  8. WannaGoMac macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2007
    So it's a small iPad 2. Unless you want a smaller tablet, an iPad 2 refurb is a better choice IMHO.
  9. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    With much better cameras.
  10. Jeans89 macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    Helsinki, Finland
    So the Apple's iPad selection is now:

    1. Stereo devices:
    - white iPad mini
    - black iPad mini

    2. Mono devices:
    - white iPad2
    - black iPad2
    - white new iPad (4 gen)
    - black new iPad (4 gen)
  11. AQUADock macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    How many times are people going to say this? It's not specifically a better choice because it's bigger.
  12. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
  13. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    A dramatic move, bur probably the only way to perceive the stereo output.

    Minimal separation....kind of useless, IMO. :D
  14. HarryKNN21 macrumors regular

    May 25, 2012
    Hong Kong
    So the fact is Apple can't find another manufacturer to manufacture components they need for their iOS products?
  15. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Your statement makes zero sense. Do you not understand that the iPad "Mini" is intended for people that want a smaller tablet?????? This seems to be a foreign concept to many people in this forum. How is an iPad 2 refurb a better choice for someone that is shopping for an iPad Mini? Will the iPad 2 fold up somehow?
  16. clibinarius macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2010
  17. daneoni, Nov 1, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012

    daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I actually think they should kill off the iPad 2. Its still more expensive than the mini brand new and only marginally cheaper than the retina, and it lacks Siri. It sticks out like a sore thumb. Seems like a solution looking for a problem to me.
  18. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    If 1GB ram would really help more in justifying the price. But 512 prob more likely.
  19. wrkactjob macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    I feel like a split brain patient.

    In one hemisphere I am happy with my Samsung galaxy Tab 2 7.0 yet I have a strange feeling as I watch my other hand reach for my credit card and progress towards the iPad Mini in the online Apple store.
  20. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Not exactly. Engadget is showing slightly higher benchmarks on the mini. Plus, the iPad 2 doesn't have Siri.
  21. kralnor macrumors member

    May 29, 2012
    The entire point of this device is that it's a smaller tablet. If you don't want a smaller tablet, of course a bigger tablet is a better choice.
  22. Shop macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    They should add a couple more speakers and have 'L' and 'R' follow the orientation.
  23. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    And lte if that matters to you and the stereo speaker of course-:)
  24. kralnor macrumors member

    May 29, 2012
    Because people were under the incorrect assumption that the iPad mini was going to be a "budget iPad" for people who didn't really want a smaller screen, but were willing to make do with one in order to save a few hundred bucks. These people cant accept the fact that they were wrong. These people also have not paid attention to anything apple has done in the past 7-8 years.
  25. kalsta macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2010
    Which is why Apple didn't even mention it during the launch methinks. There's some other objective here: to minimise the chance of sound loss by accidentally covering the speaker with your hand; or to generate more volume from a thinner enclosure; or maybe Cook just gave in… 'Yes, I know they want stereo! But the iPad's too small to… Oh what the hell, let them have stereo. An extra speaker costs us, what, 23 cents?'

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