iPad Mini 4 Teardown Confirms Smaller Battery and 2 GB RAM

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.

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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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Top Rated Comments

JXShine Avatar
77 months ago
Customers wanted longer battery life, so we decided to put in a smaller battery, so they can treasure every minute of their battery usage.
Score: 91 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JCrz Avatar
77 months ago
No good. It should be as thick as a mattress and run for 6 months non-stop even though no one will need to use it for more than 8 hours at a time.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vanzantapple Avatar
77 months ago
Let the "WE COULD'VE HAD BETTER BATTERY LIFE" comments begin.
WE COULD'VE HAD BETTER BATTERY LIFE
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JCrz Avatar
77 months ago
This is bad. Very, very bad. We all know that smaller numbers = worse. That's why Android is better.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dwalls90 Avatar
77 months ago
Why thinner, we could probably have had 20% better battery life.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chromite Avatar
77 months ago
Let the "WE COULD'VE HAD BETTER BATTERY LIFE" comments begin.
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