iPad mini 3 (iFixit teardown, important bits)

Following their analysis of the iPad Air 2’s innards, repair experts over at iFixIt have now perfumed their ritual teardown dance with Apple’s iPad mini 3. As you know, the iPad mini 3 is basically the iPad mini 2 with the addition of Touch ID and a gold color option so there isn’t much to be analyzed here.

That being said, iFixIt was able to make a few noteworthy observations regarding the new tablet’s repairability. Specifically, they found that Apple engineers glued the Home button bracket to the front panel assembly, making Touch ID and Home button repairs difficult.

“Yes, that is hot glue holding the home button bracket to the front panel.” iFixIt said in an email announcing the teardown. “Good luck transferring that to your replacement glass (Which you’re going to have to do, to keep the Touch ID functionality after a cracked screen repair).”

Though “the crummy cabling” of the new Touch ID-equipped Home button wasn’t enough to earn the iPad mini 3 a lower repairability score, iFixIt said “it was a close call” giving the mini 3 the same repairability score of 2 /10 like its predecessor.

And here’s the Home button bracket glued to the front panel assembly.

iPad mini 3 (iFixit teardown, Home button bracket)

The Mini 3 inherits a 2 /10 repairability score from its older twin

Teardown highlights follow:

  • Apple A7 APL0698 SoC
  • SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMR 16 GB NAND Flash
  • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S0213 Wi-Fi Module
  • Apple 343S00004-A1
  • NXP Semiconductors 65V10 NFC Controller
  • NXP Semiconductors LPC18A1 (Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor)
  • Apple (Cirrus Logic) 338S1213 Audio Codec
  • Apple 338S1199
  • Fairchild Semiconductor FDMC6676BZ and FDCM6683 MOSFETs
  • NXP 1610A1 Display Interface IC

And here’s the unfused front panel.

iPad mini 3 (iFixit teardown, unfused front panel)

Again, the differences between the iPad mini 2 and the previous Retina iPad mini are miniscule. The iPad mini 3 now supports Touch ID which can be used to make Apple Pay in-app payments, in addition to larger storage capacity options and a gold model.

iFixIt’s teardown analysis of the iPad Air 2 has identified a fifteen percent smaller battery inside


  • Thanh

    I prefer screws more than glue. But after all, new iPad users are all screwed

    • Dan

      I see what you did there.

    • Dominic LoFranco


    • rockdude094

      Give them all cookies actually

  • CollegiateLad

    lol @hastily glued and crummy cabling…

  • Nirvana

    Please fix :”Again, the differences between the iPad mini 2 and the previous Retina iPad mini are miniscule.” I think it’s “minuscule”.

    • BEDU

      It was a play on words.. iPad “Mini” lol

  • Would be really cool if more manufacturers copied the Dell Venue 11 Pro; a tablet that’s more upgradeable than most Laptop/Ultrabooks today.

    • Kurt

      It’s a nice tablet for sure, I just don’t like the aspect ratio and wish they had front facing speakers. And bigger screen.

  • Rares

    They should add this to the “new features” list:
    -gold design
    -touch id
    -more glue

  • Anti-wooing


  • sosarozay300

    wow looks like the ipad mini 3 is one of the worst products apple ever put out, im ashamed. i hope people buy the ipad air 2 instead of this

  • ShawnTXDFW

    Your gluing it wrong!