Apple’s new iPad Mini 2 device, which went on sale this week, has been given a repairability rating of just 2/10 after a teardown of the tablet.
The website iFixit.com – which specialises in taking devices apart to see how they are constructed and review how easy they would be to repair – said despite improving the device’s components Apple has done nothing to improve its repairability.
“The updated specs mean little as far as internal architecture is concerned. With very similar construction and inhibitors to repair, this Mini earns the legacy 2 out of 10 repairability score,” the firm’s chief information architect Miroslav Djuric wrote.
Taking the Mini apart allowed the website to find out several interesting features, including the fact its new Retina display screen is from LG, while Broadcom tech is used to deliver the unit's touchscreen controls.
Apple’s recent iPad Air tablet also received the low repair rating due to its glued-up body, which made accessing the inside very difficult. The Mini does not use glue, though, but instead has screws.
"The logic board is seated over a couple of screwposts for security – a mini win for repairability. The only adhesive is a bit under the panhandle full of connectors, and a solid swathe under the Lightning connector cable,” Djuric wrote.
However Djuric warned that there are a number of "hidden screws", so “you'll need to be very diligent when trying to remove internal components”.
The iPad Mini 2 went on sale on Tuesday via the Apple store and will be in shops from Friday, with prices starting from £319 for a 16GB WiFi model right up to £659 for a WiFi and mobile data version with 128GB storage.
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