SOME THINGS ARE A WASTE of time; for example, serial gadget fiddlers iFixit's teardown of the new iPad Mini, or iPad Mini 5 if you'd like to wind up Cupertino's branding bods.
While we admire the folks at iFixit for their dogged determination to pick apart any gadget they can get their spudgers into, opening up the new Mini and deciding that it scores two out of 10 for 'repairability' seems pretty pointless; every Apple fan and their overly-groomed labradoodle knows it's easier to repair the large hadron collider than it is to fix a borked iThing.
We once knew a guy who attempted to repair the cracked screen of his iPhone 4S and completely f**ked it. So DIY on Apple products is about a fruitless as trying to buy an iPad in an Apple store without wanting to punch a 'genius' into another dimension (we're a bit sore as we haven't managed to get our mitts on the iPad Mini 5).
iFixit's screwdriver nuts did find one positive in their teardown: a single Philips screwdriver is all it takes to remove the screws on the iPad Mini. After that, things go downhill.
"Many components are modular and can be replaced independently, but the Lightning port is soldered to the logic board," iFixit's negatives started with, moving on to noting how the battery replacement is "unnecessarily difficult".
Removing the home button, a part that can fail more commonly than other bits, is a particular pain in the posterior according to the gadget-gutters, as it would also require the display to be replaced.
"Gobs of adhesive hold many parts and cables in place, complicating all repairs," iFixit added.
So in essence, if your new iPad Mini gets a dose of the borks, then you'd best get in back to an Apple store or certified repair boffin.
As for other iFixit insights, they found that there's 3GB of RAM ready to play compute ball with the A12 Bionic chip; that's a whole 1GB over the iPad Mini 4. And the iPad Mini has its innards in different places compared to its predecessors with additions like the True Tone sensor, meaning that while the new slate looks the same as the older ones its guts have been re-jigged.
And that's it; iFixit had pretty much confirmed what we, you, and other Apple watching folks already knew. But heck, the folks there do a good teardown so we won't begrudge them that. µ
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