iFixit has posted its teardown of the iPhone 12 mini and found inside what seemed obvious from the outside: a smaller version of the iPhone 12, with no missing features or components. However, some of those components, notably the battery, are slightly smaller than in this phone’s 6.1-inch big brother.
iFixit found that the battery measures 8.57 Wh. By comparison, the iPhone SE, which actually has a larger body, has a smaller battery at 6.96Wh, while the much larger iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro both have 10.78Wh battery. This is pretty close to what battery tests found: the iPhone 12 mini offers better battery life than an iPhone SE or iPhone 8, but it can’t beat its bigger siblings.
Other downsized components found by iFixit include a smaller Taptic Engine and speaker. Also, some display-related components have been moved and there are only two display cables (compared to the iPhone 12’s three).
One thing hasn’t been scaled back much, though: the camera. iFixit suggests that the decision to keep camera parity between the mini and the 12 certainly came at the expense of battery life. An even smaller camera system could have made room for a little more battery volume.
As always, the focus of iFixit’s teardown is on the repairability of the device. iFixit gave the iPhone 12 mini a score of six out of 10 for repairability, noting that the two most common repair issues – the screen and the battery – are easily accessible. However, the glass back is difficult to maintain, suggesting that a bad drop could mean “replacing the entire iPhone case.”
For a closer look at what’s on the logic board, an examination of some of the differences between the US and EU versions of this phone, and more insights on repairability, check out iFixit’s full teardown.
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