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iFixit performs iPad Mini 3 teardown, reveals NFC controller and hot glued Home Button

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Gadget-repair site, iFixit recently performed a tear-down of the Apple’s iPad Mini 3 which was introduced on the October 16 launch event. iFixit found that Apple’s new gadget is difficult to take apart and repair.

According to iFixit, the new iPad Mini 3 in terms of design and internal components resembles to its predecessor and is equally hard to take apart and repair. iFixit also added that any attempts to replace the screen could result in losing Touch ID functionality. The iPad mini 3 earned a repairability score of 2 out of 10 from iFixit.

The tiny tablet comes with an A7 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. Apple added fingerprint sensor Touch ID to this new version of iPad Mini and made use of  hot glue to hold the home button bracket to the front panel of the device. The site said if the screen becomes cracked, it would be exceedingly difficult to transfer that bracket, and thus, the programmed Touch ID.

The NXP 65V10 NFC Controller that iFixit found in ipad Mini 3 is the same one that Apple uses for Apple Pay in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple pay isn’t currently available to iPad users cause of a missing NFC antenna to allow the tablet to make NFC-based payments within stores.


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