Apple's last keynote witnessed the announcement of a couple of iPhones, the iPad Pro and next-gen Apple TV, and in between those the iPad mini 4 got a few brief moments of its own. It was described to have the iPad Air 2 performance in a mini enclosure, but that's marketing talk and nothing beats a good old-fashioned teardown.
Specialists in the field from iFixit have taken an iPad mini 4 to pieces and report their findings. They call it a "pretty major overhaul", compared to the mini 3, and it starts with the fully laminated screen - a main contributor to the thickness reduction from 7.5mm to 6.1mm.
A smaller battery also helps achieve the slim profile, with capacity dropped from 6,471mAh to 5,124mAh (those numbers!). A switch has been made to a single-cell unit, compared to the two cells of the predecessor, but at least it's just as easy to disconnect, which is apparently praise-worthy when it comes to repairability.
The tablet is powered by the A8 chip as opposed to A8X, so the claim for bringing the iPar Air 2 performance into the mini 4 is not entirely true, but it's not like it wasn't in the specs. The 2GB of RAM has indeed moved to the iPad mini 4, so it's no longer a single-gig operation. A few elements have been shifted around in a push for optimization, and spots empty from function are filled with spacers to better support the display.
In the end, however, the iPad mini 4 still receives a 2/10 repairability rating, meaning you'd be happier if you leave it to the pros.
apple is da best keep da good work apple, perfect construction and design like always, much better than android generic tablets
I guess the Sony's mockery of battery life is in it's place: "Hey Siri, what about the battery life?"
Exactly. Two words for you, disposable ipad.