Teardown: A Look Inside Apple's iPad Mini

Peeling The Onion

Once the touch layer and LCD panel are removed, next comes a thin metal shield that isolates the main logic board (far left). The large black sheet is the mini's 16.3 watt-hour lithium polymer battery, which is rated to last as long as 10 hours between charges. Notice that the LCD and touch panel are two separate components. This is unlike Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7, both of which employ fused-glass LCDs, making them a bit harder and potentially more expensive to service.

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