6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Cracking Open: Cracking Open the Apple iPad Mini

About Video Transcript

Cracking Open: Cracking Open the Apple iPad Mini

2:54 /

Bill Detwiler shows you how to take apart the iPad Mini, which is actually more difficult to repair than the full-size iPad.

-Apple's iPad Mini may be a concentration no the iPad's best features, but it's also concentration of the worst. As I'll show, it's just as frustrating to crack open and work on as its larger sibling. I'm Bill Detwiler and this is Cracking Open. The iPad mini is Apple's answers to the rapidly growing market for 7-inch tablet, currently dominated by Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7. The mini has a 7.9-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768, dual core A5 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera and comes in either WiFi or WiFi plus sailor models. Our cast unit had 16 gigs of storage, but 32 and 64-gig versions are also available. As with the full sized iPad, I began cracking open the mini but heating the edges of the front panel to loosen the adhesives that holds the glass to the metal enclosure. Use a series of thin metal and plastic tools, I gently pry to lose the panel taking care not to damage the panel's ribbon cable, which is located in the lower right corner. I won't be able to completely remove the panel until I take out the display. So, I'll fold it over face down for now. Next to come out are the screws that hold the LCD in place. A large metal plate that sits behind the LCD and a small metal plate that covers many of the motherboard connectors. I can now detach and completely remove the LCD and front panel. With a little gentle persuasion, the battery is next to come out. The remaining components including the motherboard or their connector cables are held in this metal enclosure with a lot of adhesive. Now, forcing them lose could damage them, and I want to put this unit back together in working order, not destroy it. So, the only thing left for me to do there is to remove EMI/RFI shields from the motherboard to look at the chips that power the iPad Mini. Unfortunately, Apple took the good and bad from the iPad when building the mini. The device is sturdy and well built, but the copious amounts of adhesive make it extremely difficult to repair. In fact, its smaller size actually makes it more difficult to work on. Now, for more information on the iPad Mini including real world test and pricing, check out Scott Stein's faults CNET review, and for comparison of the mini against the nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, Jessica Dolcourt has it covered, and to see more tear down photo and read my full hardware analysis, go to techrepublic.com/crackingopen.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

Marantz's slim NR1605 receiver has fat sound
1:26 January 28, 2015
The slim, compact Marantz NR1605 provides excellent sound quality and thoroughly up to date features, making it one of our favorites...
Play video
Better than a sharp stick in the eye, but barely
0:54 January 28, 2015
Sure, they may be convenient, but selfie sticks have got to go. Now. #Nerdrage
Play video
See who's playing whom in the new Steve Jobs movie
1:30 January 28, 2015
See who'll star in Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, and whom they'll be portraying.
Play video
Logic Pro X music app gets a free upgrade
3:12 January 28, 2015
Apple adds new drummers, plug-ins and editing tools to its professional music creation tool.
Play video
Tech to make your Super Bowl-watching experience even better
1:03 January 28, 2015
Super Bowl 49 pits the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots on February 1. Whether you're a die-hard football fan or just...
Play video
Mission Motorsport: Helping veterans through the medium of fast cars
8:12 January 27, 2015
Wounded veterans can struggle after returning home, and to help with this Mission Motorsport offers former service men and women the...
Play video
Inside Scoop: Apple says Watch will ship in April, reports record iPhone sales
2:27 January 27, 2015
Apple's bigger phones give the company its best sales quarter ever: 74.5 million iPhones sold. CEO Tim Cook also makes news with the...
Play video
The CraveCast learns what Mark Zuckerberg is really made of
44:45 January 27, 2015
The Crave crew takes on the twisted side of the arts and sciences and science fiction, including Shakespeare, Star Wars, gravity failing...
Play video