updated 12:47 pm EDT, Thu November 1, 2012
Lightning port makes room for stereo speakers
An iFixit teardown of the iPad mini reveals some notable details about the tablet. The display, for instance, is built by Samsung, despite the company's ongoing legal battles with Apple. Samsung has long supplied parts for Apple products though, and was the only company producing screens for the third-generation iPad.
The Mini is said to borrow some parts and manufacturing techniques from the iPhone 5, such as a Murata Wi-Fi module, and the use of a metal plate behind the screen, held in place by screws. A metal plate can also be found behind the screen of the fifth-generation iPod touch.
There are also said to be some notable points about the Mini's Lightning connector. Moving from 30-pin to Lightning has given Apple "just enough space" to put in a second speaker, iFixit points out, making it the first iPad with stereo. The connector is fused to the logic board though, a design change which could make repairs "very expensive." The speakers are themselves held in place by what iFixit says are some of the smallest screws it has ever seen.