It’s not even out yet, but as you might expect, iFixit has already got its hands on the iPad mini and has today posted the results of the teardown. The first thing that the teardown reveals is that just like the iPhone 5 and the fifth-gen iPod touch, the iPad mini has a large metal plate behind the screen, which is fixed in with 16 screws. iFixit says that this would now seem to be a “new iDevice design convention.” The teardown also found a Murata 339S0171 Wi-Fi module, which the iPhone 5 also has. Also revealed by the integrated circuits that control the display is the fact that the LCD was made by Samsung, one of Apple’s main rivals. And, as has been mentioned in other stories today, it has also been revealed that the iPad mini does indeed have stereo speakers. It turns out that Apple was able to fit them due to the tiny bit of extra space left when the 30-pin dock connector was replaced by the Lightning port.
Source: iPad mini teardown finds Samsung LCD, design cues taken from iPhone 5