iFixit did a teardown of the new iPad mini with Retina display, and found that, like its predecessors, it’s not a tablet that’s going to be easy to repair.
The hallmark of this new device is its 2048 x 1536 display — a much higher resolution than the one in its predecessor. One of the side effects of this change is a bigger battery; according to iFixit, the iPad mini 2 has a 24.3 Whr battery, up from the 16.3 Whr one in its predecessor.
Repairs Are Experts Only
Apple has a long-held hatred of external screws. This means that glue is used in many places to hold the device together, which makes it difficult to disassemble.
On the positive side, the touchscreen and display are separate pieces so they can be replaced individually. They can be easily disconnected from the logic board, and so can the battery.
On the other hand, the Lightning port is soldered in, so if it needs to be replaced, so will the entire logic board.
iFixit gave the second-generation iPad mini a 2 out of 10 for repairability, the same ranking it gave the recently-released iPad Air.