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The Apple iPad mini has just recently went on sale, but this hasn’t stopped iFixit from taking the 7.9-inch tablet apart. The teardown reveals a lot of adhesive, which makes it near-impossible to repair. It also reveals the use of Samsung components.
The folks at iFixit had to make use of a heating tool to remove the adhesive that holds the device together. Only after the adhesive has been melted off were they able to remove the device’s screen.
In the video, it’s interesting to see that the touchscreen still works even after it has been pulled off from the casing. It will still work provided that the panel is still connected.
Upon taking the device apart, to our surprise, the device still makes use of Samsung components. The Korean tech giant-made component in question is a display driver integrated circuit.
Although there may be other iPad minis that have different drivers made by other companies, it’s surprising to see a Samsung component in this unit. This also dispels the rumour that Apple now refuses to use the S3-maker’s parts due to the legal battles the two are currently embroiled in.
If you manage to damage the smaller version of the iPad, there is little chance for you to repair the device yourself. Aside from the adhesive, tiny screws hold everything together. Furthermore, the smaller Lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, which complicates further tinkering.
By Apple’s standards, the iPad mini starting at £269 is one of the company’s more affordable devices. The Google Nexus 7, on the other hand, sports more powerful hardware, but will only set you back £160.
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According to new report, Apple is planning to launch a refresh of the new iPad alongside the launch of the iPad mini on the 23rd of October (Tuesday).
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the refreshed version of the new iPad will sport the smaller Lightning connector just like the iPhone 5 as well as improved specs. This backs up a report from the Guardian, which broke out last week.
Users to benefit from the new iPad refresh are said to be customers in the US. EE (formerly known as Everything Everywhere) will be launching the first 4G network in the UK dubbed the 4GEE network. The network operator will be offering a 4G version of the iPhone 5. The refreshed new iPad is said to support global LTE support as well.
The refresh, according to the report, will not be the iPad 4. 9to5Mac also says that the device could sport a beefier processor as well as a longer lasting battery. Unfortunately, it failed to mention the specifics.
The main attraction at Apple’s event that will be kicking off on the 23rd of October in San Jose, California will be the hotly-anticipated iPad mini.
The rumoured iPad mini is said to sport a 7.85-inch display (not a retina display like the new iPad) and the smaller Lightning connector just like the iPhone 5. It is said to be Apple’s answer to cheaper and smaller Android tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7, which have eaten away on the iPad’s market share.
An inventory leak suggests that there will be various versions of the iPad mini. The device is said to be available from an 8GB to 32GB versions, which will be available in Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions.
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A leak from Carphone Warehouse’s database reveals that Google is planning to release a version of the Nexus 7 that sports 32GB of internal storage. Currently, the tablet is available in an 8GB or 16GB version. A 32GB version could also mean that Google is planning to take on the rumoured Apple iPad mini.
The same Carphone Warehouse database also reveals the existence of the Galaxy Nexus 2, the successor of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
One of the main reasons why the Google Nexus 7 is selling like hotcakes is its price. The 16GB version is priced at a mere £160, which is dirt cheap compared to the iPad. Amazon has done the same with its Kindle Fire tablet, which is doing well in the US. If the 32GB version of the Nexus 7 is the real deal, it’s likely to be similarly priced as the rumoured Apple iPad mini.
Apple has been rumoured to be developing a smaller iPad since the days of the original iPad. Now, since cheaper and smaller Android tablets have been eating away on Apple’s market share, it makes sense for the Cupertino firm to unleash iPad mini into the market. However, judging from the way Apple puts a price tag on its devices, it’s unlikely the smaller iPad will be as cheap as the Amazon Kindle Fire or the Google Nexus 7. This also means that the 32GB version of the Nexus 7 is likely to be on the more expensive side.
The rumoured Galaxy Nexus 2 has also been revealed on Carphone Warehouse’s database. Previous reports leaked an image supposedly taken from the device’s camera. “2”, however, could mean something entirely different in a database. This means that the existence of the Galaxy Nexus’ successor is far from confirmed.
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