AppleInsider reports that iFixit has wasted no time in tearing down the newly released Retina iPad mini, and has reported some interesting findings from its rummage around in the new miniâ€™s innards.
First up, the mini has a 2-cell, 24.3 watt-hour battery, in comparison to the first miniâ€™s 16.5 watt-hour battery. This is mostly likely necessary in order to power the Retina display, and explains why the iPad mini is a tiny bit thicker than its predecessor.
The teardown also revealed that the mini has an A7 processor, with the same 1.29 gigahertz chip found in the iPhone 5s, not the 1.4 gigahertz chip that the iPad Air boasts.
According to iFixit, the Retina iPad mini has various other parts that are also in the iPad Air, including a USI Wi-Fi controller chip, and a 2048-by-1536 pixel resolution, with a similar Parade LCD driver.
Hereâ€™s a complete list of the chips that iFixit found on the miniâ€™s logic board:
â€¢ Apple A7
â€¢ Elpida F8164A1PD 1 GB LPDDR3 DRAM
â€¢ Apple M7
â€¢ Toshiba THGBX2G7B2JLA01 16 GB NAND flash
â€¢ B334 STMicro MEMS accelerometer/gyroscope
â€¢ Apple 338S1213 Cirrus Audio Codec
â€¢ Apple 338S1199 Audio Amplifiers
â€¢ Apple 343S0656-A1 Dialog Power Management IC
â€¢ Fairchild Semiconductor FDMC6676BZ and FDCM6683 MOSFETs
Source: Retina iPad mini teardown reveals larger battery, display supplied by LG
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