IFIXIT HAS PROMPTLY pulled apart the iPad Air 2, outing the handset's down-sized battery and confirming that it will be just as tricky to repair as its predecessor.
The iPad Air 2, which went on sale in the UK on Wednesday, has been touted by Apple as the "world's slimmest tablet".
But the iFixit team revealed that the firm had to make compromises to keep to the slim design. This can be seen with the battery, as the iPad Air 2 packs a 27.62Wh unit compared with the original Air's 32.9Wh offering.
This shouldn't make too much difference in terms of real-world battery life, according to iFixit.
"Apple claims the same 10-hour battery life as the original Air, so more efficient power use seems to be on tap here, though early reviews indicate that real-world battery life is still down a bit from the Air 2's predecessor," iFixit said.
iFixit also notes that this smaller battery is just as tricky to remove as that found in the debut iPad Air, as it is glued to the logic board.
The battery is not the only component the team had trouble removing. The biggest obstacle was the screen, which comes glued to the tablet's casing and has to be removed before any of the iPad's other components can be accessed.
iFixit said: "The newly bonded front panel is more rigid than in previous iPad models, and therefore feels a bit sturdier to pry against. However, flexing the glass still disturbs the LCD, even when you aren't inserting the pick very deeply.
"The fused front panel also increases the cost of repairing a cracked screen, and increases risk of damage to the LCD when opening."
The logic board also proved a nuisance for iFixit to remove. The team bemoaned the fact that, like in the original iPad Air, the Lightning connector is soldered to the board.
"This makes logic board removal even more of a chore," iFixit said. "It also means that replacing the Lightning connector basically requires replacing the entire logic board."
There was a little bit of good news to report, as iFixit noted that the display cables now reside near the lower edge of the tablet's casing, making them less likely to break during a repair.
Despite this glimmer of good news, iFixit slapped the iPad Air 2 with a low repairability score of two out of 10, the same given to the first iPad Air. µ
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