Do-it-yourself repair site iFixit has scored the new iPad Mini's repairability at two out of 10.
According to iFixit, the iPad Mini's tiny screws and excessive amounts of adhesive make it difficult to repair. The firm also points to the Mini's many hidden screws and soldered-in Lighting Connector as parts that make it hard to fix.
"The iPad Mini continues Apple's repair-impeding practice of keeping iPads together with copious amounts of adhesive," iFixit wrote in its report.
"This is one area in which the friendly-to-open Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are clear winners."
During iFixit's teardown it found that the adhesive used for the iPad Mini's front glass, logic board, battery, front camera, back camera, and ribbon cables made it difficult to fix.
The group also found that the Mini's tiny and hidden screws made it hard to open up. iFixit recommends that anyone who opens up their new iPad keep a close eye on the tiny screws and watch out for hidden screws while taking apart the device.
Another new issue for do-it-yourself repairs has to do with the new iPad's Lighting Connector. Apple's new power connector is soldered into the device's logic board. The connector's position means certain power connectivity repairs could wind up being much more expensive than expected.
This isn't the first time that Apple has been criticised for making difficult-to-repair devices. iFixit recently described the summer 2012 edition of the MacBook Pro as "unfixable".
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