iFixit has posted its teardown of the iPhone 12 mini, and it discovered inside what appears clear from the surface: a smaller model of the iPhone 12, with no lacking options or parts. Nonetheless, a few of these parts—most notably the battery—are a bit smaller than they’re on this telephone’s 6.1-inch huge brother.
iFixit discovered that the battery measures in at 8.57Wh. For comparability, the iPhone SE—which truly has a bigger physique—has a smaller 6.96Wh battery, whereas the a lot bigger iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Professional each have 10.78Wh batteries. This maps fairly intently to what battery exams have discovered: the iPhone 12 mini gives higher battery life than an iPhone SE or iPhone 8, however it may’t beat its bigger siblings.
Different shrunk-down parts discovered by iFixit embrace a smaller Taptic Engine and loudspeaker. Additionally, some display-related parts have been moved round, and there are solely two show cables (in comparison with the iPhone 12’s three).
One factor is not scaled again a lot, although: the digital camera. iFixit suggests the choice to maintain digital camera parity between the mini and the 12 certainly got here at the price of some battery life. A good smaller digital camera system might have made room for somewhat bit extra battery quantity.
As at all times, the main target of iFixit’s teardown is on the repairability of the system. iFixit gave the iPhone 12 mini a six out of 10 rating for repairability, noting that the 2 commonest topics of restore—the display and battery—are simply accessible. Nonetheless, the glass again is troublesome to service, suggesting a nasty drop might require “changing all the physique of the iPhone.”
For a more in-depth take a look at what’s on the logic board, an examination of a number of the variations between the US and EU variations of this telephone, and extra insights about repairability, take a look at iFixit’s full teardown.
Itemizing picture by Samuel Axon