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Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display
11/15/2013

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While its big brother slimmed down, the iPad Mini put on a thin layer of winter fat to make room for its impressive new tech:
- 7.9-inch, in-plane switching LCD with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 326 ppi
- Dual-core A7 CPU with 64-bit architecture and 1 GB RAM
- M7 motion-tracking co-processor
- 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1,080p video; 1.2-megapixel 720p front-facing camera
- 802.11n dual-channel MIMO WiFi
- 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB storage

While its big brother slimmed down, the iPad Mini put on a thin layer of winter fat
to make room for its impressive new tech:

  • 7.9-inch, in-plane switching LCD with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 326 ppi
  • Dual-core A7 CPU with 64-bit architecture and 1 GB RAM
  • M7 motion-tracking co-processor
  • 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1,080p video; 1.2-megapixel 720p front-facing camera
  • 802.11n dual-channel MIMO WiFi
  • 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB storage
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    Cabe Atwell
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    Re: Disposability, reliability, product life, obsolescence
    Cabe Atwell   1/20/2014 5:47:46 PM
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    My HTC One doesn't allow for access to the battery as well. I don't like the fact that I will have to take it to the store to get it replaced if it ever fails but there hasn't been any indication of power loss for a year and a half now.

    Elizabeth M
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    Re: Disposability, reliability, product life, obsolescence
    Elizabeth M   11/21/2013 4:38:47 AM
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    Good points, Ken E. I don't think any of my Apple products ever really gave up the ghost, nor did their batteries fail, before I decided to replace them. I decided all on my own usually because maybe they were slowing down a bit or there was a cool new version of the product out. So perhaps the battery debate isn't really that important.

    Ken E.
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    Disposability, reliability, product life, obsolescence
    Ken E.   11/20/2013 9:45:42 AM
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    Do the batteries fail that often?  Since the advent of Li batteries, I don't know of anyone who had one of those fail, although admittedly my sphere makes for a small sample set. 

    For that matter, no Apple product I or my family has ever owned has ever failed before becoming technically obsolete.  Does Apple really need high repairability scores, if reliability is high?  Does the hated glue actually contribute to that? 

    I have aquaintences who have had hardware failures, some of which Apple honored outside of warranty, something which certainly cemented their loyalty.

    Elizabeth M
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    Re: Piece of ART
    Elizabeth M   11/19/2013 4:54:36 AM
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    These products are impressive but what I find more impressive are these teardowns. I shudder to imagine taking tools to one of my precious Apple devices, but I am glad someone does. Getting to look inside these devices is fascinating.

    Elizabeth M
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    Re: Disposable
    Elizabeth M   11/19/2013 4:52:41 AM
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    I know, tekochip, seems like a waste!

    tekochip
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    tekochip   11/18/2013 9:46:22 AM
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    Are people really content just to throw these things away when they need a new battery?


    Debera Harward
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    Re: Piece of ART
    Debera Harward   11/18/2013 6:22:06 AM
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    We cant exactly say that Apple has lost its market because still there is a certain segment of market who goes for Apple only no doubt Apple has many competitive advantages. Yes these hybrid laptops is a good innovation and when there are more competitors in the market the end result is variety of products but i am sure that Apple  will bring something new because we all know that its marketing strategy is very unique first products are created and then they develop its demand.

    far911
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    Re: Piece of ART
    far911   11/18/2013 4:34:25 AM
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    Lenovo, samsung are in the race and equally good

    far911
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    Re: Piece of ART
    far911   11/18/2013 4:33:07 AM
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    This is true with more companies entering in the race will lead to a better product to the consumer.

    Habib Tariq
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    Re: Piece of ART
    Habib Tariq   11/17/2013 6:57:39 PM
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    Depends on what aspect are you looking from.

    yes ipad does have a better display and processor but then ipad is around $330 expensive.
    yoga has a Quad core, 1200 MHz processor, for a tablet you rarely clock the processor to even 50% of its capacity. Google is also launching its new Nexus 10 2 in the coming week.

    Given how different companies are coming up with good alternatives is really going to push apple to deliver more from its product. 



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