Apple unveiled the highly rumored iPad Mini alongside iPad 4, MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iMac and others at the special event on October 23. Following the launch event, the Cupertino based company also released the new 8 inch tablet in several markets including UK, Australia and others on November 2, 2012.
For those Apple fanboys who like to have a glance at the internals of the iPad Mini, iFixit, a renowned repair company has come up with their usual teardown job on the the brand new iPad Mini. This is the first step that iFixit takes on any device to estimate how well it can stack up against its competitors and market dominators.
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The device surgeons over there have managed to get their hands on the new Apple tablet, but, they seem to have struggled a lot in ripping it apart. The teardown site has ranked the tablet extremely difficult to repair and has given it a repairability score of 2 out of 10. The main reason for the tablet to be difficult to repair is because Apple uses a lot of adhesive to hold the parts and components together and the screws are too small, thereby making it tough to get to them, claims iFixit.
The site has found a lot of assembly similarities to the iPod Touch, particularly in the number of screws and metal plates. However, the battery seems to be very different as it is not soldered to any other part of the tablet as in the iPod touch. The teardown site also discovered a Samsung chip in charge of the LCD in the mini.
iPad Mini has a packs a 7.9 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, which is not a Retina Display, 1GHz dual core Apple A5 processor, PowerVR GPU, 5MP iSight rear camera and 1.2MP front camera for video calling.
Running on iOS 6 platform with new features including Apple Maps, improved Siri, new Safari app, iCloud cloud storage, new Photostream app, PassBook app, deeper integration to Facebook and more, iPad Mini comes in three configurations – 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage and 512MB RAM, which is awaiting confirmation. Also, there are speculations stating that the tablet will be available in an 8GB version.
In terms of connectivty, iPad Mini comes packed with with a Lightning port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features. Further, the 3G and 4G supporting iPad Mini will be launched in mid-November. As claimed by Apple, iPad Mini is loaded with a 16.3 Whr Li-Po battery delivering up to 10 hours backup.
Apple has not disclosed any details on the pricing and availability of iPad Mini in India, however analysts are anticipating that the new mini tablet will hit the Indian stores at the price tag of around Rs 31,874, Rs 38,819 and Rs 45,763 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi plus Cellular versions respectively.