It’s that time again. Ready for another awesome iFixit teardown? This time they crack open the iPad mini to reveal all of its miniature sized component. The iPad mini was give a “repairability” scored of only 2 out of 10.
It appears that Apple used Samsung to manufacture the display for the iPad mini:
Though the markings on the back of the LCD don’t turn up much information, the Samsung display driver IC reveals that Apple once again went with Samsung in its display manufacturing.
Apple has reportedly been working to move away from Samsung as a primary supplier, so it’s somewhat surprising to see a Samsung LCD inside. With that said, Apple often relies on multiple suppliers for a single component, meaning there’s quite likely other LCD manufacturers lurking inside other iPad Minis.
Other things noted during the teardown:
iPad Mini Repairability: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
- The LCD and glass are not fused together and can be replaced independently.
- The battery is not soldered to the logic board or other components.
- Teeny-tiny screws can be easily misplaced if you’re not careful. Don’t sneeze too hard while taking them off.
- Copious amounts of adhesive hold many components in place — front glass, logic board, battery, front camera, back camera, ribbon cables — making repair extremely difficult.
- The Lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, so don’t bend its pins.
- Hidden screws mean you’ll need to be very diligent when trying to remove internal components.