It isn’t just the new iPhones that sport a smaller battery than their predecessors, the new iPad Mini 4 also packs a smaller battery than the iPad Mini 3. This has now been confirmed thanks to the device’s teardown by iFixit.
iFixit found the iPad Mini 4 features a single-cell 5,124mAh capacity battery, smaller than the two-cell 6,471mAh capacity battery inside its predecessor. While we cannot be sure just yet, Apple does assure that the iPad Mini 4 offers similar battery life as the iPad Mini 3. Under the hood, the iPad Mini 4 packs the Apple A8 chip clocked at 1.5GHz, paired with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM. The particular unit used by iFixit was equipped with a SK Hynix SDRAM, but it is likely that Apple is relying on multiple vendors for memory.
The teardown also revealed that the iPad Mini 4 now features a fully-laminated screen like its larger siblings. Other than that, the new model is still not easily repairable and managed to score just 2 out of 10 points for repairability. The display assembly in particular was found to be very difficult to replace.