Teardown Confirms iPad mini Has 512MB of RAM

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The iFixit team has finished up their teardown of the iPad mini, and provided us with lots of the finer details on the new smaller iPad’s internals.

Here are some of the highlights:

* Apple has reportedly been working to move away from Samsung as a primary supplier, so it’s somewhat surprising to see a Samsung chip driving the LCD. We cannot 100% confirm that this display is made by Samsung, although it seems likely. Apple could be multi-sourcing this component, since supply chain reports indicate that AU Optronics and LG are providing displays.

* The battery is a large, single 16.5 Whr cell.

* Components:
        * Apple A5 processor–same as the latest iPod Touch, with 512 MB RAM
        * Murata 339S0171 Wi-Fi, same as the iPhone 5.
        * Multi-chip Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controllers
        * Hynix H2JTDG8UD2MBR 16 GB NAND Flash

As you can see, this confirms that the iPad mini has 512MB of RAM, just like the iPad 2. I was hoping we might see 1GB, though I knew it was a bit of a longshot.

Check out the full teardown for all the details on the iPad mini’s innards.

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