This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Repairer iFixit, known for tearing down high-tech products, has released a full teardown report on the iPhone 12 mini, revealing "how it packs high-end performance into a small body".
First of all, the iPhone 12 mini has a battery capacity of 8.57 Wh, which is larger than the iPhone SE (2020)'s 6.96 Wh, but less than the iPhone 12's 10.78 Wh. So far, as reported in a recent teardown video by the company, that's not the only effort to make it smaller than the rest of the iPhone 12 series.
The iPhone 12 also had a smaller Taptic Engine for haptic feedback than the previous year, but in the iPhone 12 mini, it's even 25% smaller than that of the iPhone 12. On top of that, the speaker is smaller, and the ambient light sensor is nowhere to be found (it's not "non-existent," but rather "can't be found," including the possibility of a smaller size).
Both the Taptic Engine and the bottom speaker fit "snugly" into the chassis, and it's been noted that the mini doesn't have any room for a headphone jack which the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro had (meaning the jack isn't actually there, but you can put it in if you want to).
Comparing the EU version and the mmWave capable U.S. version of the iPhone 12 mini, the "square" near the camera is empty in the former, while the latter is packed with components, and it is speculated that the U.S. version may have a mmWave antenna in place (even with X-ray fluoroscopy, you can't see what's inside).
The iPhone 12 mini worked without any problems when the camera parts were replaced, so there doesn't seem to be any worries about the "no replacement without official Apple tools" that drew attention to the iPhone 12.
The customary iFixit Repairability Score for the iPhone 12 mini is a 6 out of 10. The iPhone 12 mini is crammed with parts in a small chassis, but to the delight of DIY repairers, repairing the screen and replacing the battery is relatively easy, according to the report.
On the other hand, the glass covering the back is fragile and impractical to replace (the entire unit needs to be replaced), and users may want to sign up for AppleCare+, which makes it easier to get official Apple support.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.