iFixit’s iPhone 12 mini teardown looks at how Apple fit so much into such a tiny device

Orders for the brand new iPhone 12 mini have began arriving for purchasers, and the group at iFixit did a two-part teardown—of each an EU and US mannequin— to determine how Apple managed to incorporate 5G {hardware} and the same old iPhone elements into such a little device.

The very first thing you discover wanting at the interior photos is the smaller battery within the mini, which measures as much as related iPhone fashions surprisingly effectively, iFixit finds, with 8.57 Wh.

“That’s more juice than the iPhone SE 2020‘s 6.96 Wh, but understandably short of the 10.78 Wh of the standard 12 it’s stacked on top of,” iFixit notes. It’s lower than the ten.78 Wh of the iPhone 12 battery, although.

The iPhone 12 mini is on the left, the iPhone 12 on the precise

The Taptic Engine, audio system, and MagSafe ring are all included within the mini in smaller variations to avoid wasting area. But Apple managed to fit the same-sized digital camera as its different iPhone fashions into the mini, which iFixit suggests could have come at the expense of battery life— one thing The Verge’s Dieter Bohn encountered in our iPhone mini assessment.

The mini digital camera has the identical ƒ/1.6 wide-angle and ƒ/2.4 extremely wide-angle cameras discovered within the iPhone 12, the teardown reveals.


iPhone 12 mini

Overall, iFixit discovered the iPhone 12 mini to be fairly much like its bigger counterparts: “The iPhone 12 mini is a small phone with big ambitions. We’re surprised by how familiar the internals look compared to other iPhones this year, given the differences in size among them.”

Check out iFixit’s full iPhone 12 mini teardown right here. And see what The Verge reviewers consider the brand new iPhone fashions:


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