Introduction

Bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but smaller than an iPad Air 2. What am I? If you answered iPad Mini 3, you are correct. It's the latest iteration of Apple's miniature iPad, newly refreshed and updated—and now primed for disassembly. Join us as we tear down the iPad Mini 3.

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPad Mini 3 Wi-Fi, use our service manual.

Image 1/1: 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • Pint-sized tech means pint-sized specs! Inside the iPad Mini 3, we expect to find:

    • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

    • A7 chip with 64‑bit architecture + M7 motion coprocessor

    • 5 MP iSight camera + 1.2 MP FaceTime HD camera

    • Wi‑Fi (802.11a/​b/​g/​n) with dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO support + Bluetooth 4.0

    • 23.8 Wh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

    • Three-axis gyro + accelerometer + ambient light sensor

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Image 1/2: The iPad Mini 3 now supports Touch ID, to be used in conjunction with  Pay. Image 2/2: Gold. So much gold. Gold everywhere.
  • If you were wondering how to tell the iPad Mini Retina Display (aka iPad Mini 2) apart from the iPad Mini 3, we've got you covered:

    • The iPad Mini 3 now supports Touch ID, to be used in conjunction with  Pay.

    • Gold. So much gold. Gold everywhere.

  • Continuing the trend set by the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3 sports the model number A1599.

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Image 1/3: A little heat is just the thing to soften up the adhesive securing the iPad's display. Image 2/3: We place our iOpener around the perimeter of the iPad Mini 3 and begin using our opening picks to separate the front panel from the rear case. Image 3/3: After a bit of work and patience, we achieve our goal.
  • The iOpener has revolutionized the way we open up iPads.

    • A little heat is just the thing to soften up the adhesive securing the iPad's display.

  • We place our iOpener around the perimeter of the iPad Mini 3 and begin using our opening picks to separate the front panel from the rear case.

  • After a bit of work and patience, we achieve our goal.

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Image 1/3: Unlike in the new [guide|30592|iPad Air 2|stepid=71618], the front panel glass and LCD are still separate components, individually replaceable. Image 2/3: Take a look, it's in a book... Image 3/3: With the LCD out, we find our first and only change in construction: Some absolutely terrific home button cabling. Wow. That wasn't last-minute at all.
  • As is often the case with updates that don't really change anything, nothing has really changed yet.

  • Unlike in the new iPad Air 2, the front panel glass and LCD are still separate components, individually replaceable.

  • Take a look, it's in a book...

  • With the LCD out, we find our first and only change in construction: Some absolutely terrific home button cabling. Wow. That wasn't last-minute at all.

    • Is that hot glue?

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Image 1/3: Looks like the cable is a bit of a nightmare all by itself. Image 2/3: Apple's system for implementing Touch ID seems to require launching about a year before it's ready. Remember the Touch ID cable in the [guide|17383|iPhone 5s|stepid=52330]? And the much-improved placement in the [guide|29213|iPhone 6|stepid=69280]? Image 3/3: No surprises here: Touch ID in the Mini is powered by an NXP Semiconductors [https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=NXP-8416A1|8416A1|new_window=true] Touch ID Sensor.
  • Yes—that is hot glue, holding the home button bracket to the front panel. Good luck transferring that to your replacement glass. (Which you're going to have to do, to keep the Touch ID functionality after a cracked screen repair.)

  • Looks like the cable is a bit of a nightmare all by itself.

    • Apple's system for implementing Touch ID seems to require launching about a year before it's ready. Remember the Touch ID cable in the iPhone 5s? And the much-improved placement in the iPhone 6?

  • No surprises here: Touch ID in the Mini is powered by an NXP Semiconductors 8416A1 Touch ID Sensor.

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Image 1/1: Apple A7 APL0698 SoC
  • Logic board! Let's just get to it, shall we? Anything new?

    • Apple A7 APL0698 SoC

      • Within the A7 package we find SK Hynix H9CKNNN8KTARKR 1 GB LPDDR3 DRAM

    • SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMR 16 GB NAND Flash

    • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S0213 Wi-Fi Module

    • Apple 343S00004-A1

    • NXP Semiconductors 65V10 NFC Controller

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Image 1/1: Apple (Cirrus Logic) [link|https://chipworks.secure.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=APP-338S1213&viewState=DetailView&cartID=&g=|338S1213|new_window=true] Audio Codec
  • NXP Semiconductors LPC18A1 (Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor)

  • Apple (Cirrus Logic) 338S1213 Audio Codec

  • Apple 338S1199—likely a pair of audio amplifiers, similar to the Apple 338S1077 found in the previous iPad mini

  • Fairchild Semiconductor FDMC6676BZ and FDCM6683 MOSFETs

  • NXP 1610A1 Display Interface IC

Why not mark Gyro,Compass and Accelerometer between yellow and orange marked ic's?

Filip Pusca - Reply

nice to see the home button is removable on this version.

Nick - Reply

Yes,but now Apple blocks non genuine Touch ID sensors,thank goodness there's nothing wrong with my iPad mini 3,in fact I've had it in an OtterBox case for a year and a half and it looks absolutely perfect

Daniel Gartin -

Image 1/2: The LCD and glass are not fused together and can be replaced independently. Image 2/2: The battery is not soldered to the logic board or other components.
  • iPad Mini 3 Repairability: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

    • The LCD and glass are not fused together and can be replaced independently.

    • The battery is not soldered to the logic board or other components.

    • Copious amounts of adhesive hold many components in place—front glass, battery, front camera, back camera, ribbon cables—making repair extremely difficult.

    • The Lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, so don't bend its pins.

    • Removing the home button is now a much more difficult job. If you want to keep Touch ID functionality after a screen replacement, you'll have to transfer the home button to the new front panel.

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7 Comments

Is the digitizer the same as the iPad Mini 1/2?

npham54 - Reply

You can test the connectors are same.

Filip Pusca -

I've looked better at the circuit on BRD and can tell you that iPad Mini 3 have different circuit for touch screen connector, but iPad Mini 1 and iPad Mini 2 have same circuit.

Filip Pusca -

What is really important, to show there the glue is on the iPad, I don't see that the glue is all around the Display, only in the edges under the Home button an of cause over the camera, please show this better ! Thank You for sharing your DIY :-)

gorednet - Reply

Thank god there is nothing wrong with mine,in fact it still looks brand new,but i have these guides in case something happens

Daniel Gartin - Reply

Thank goodness there is nothing wrong eith my iPad mini 3,in fact it still looks brand new

Daniel Gartin - Reply

are you guys crazy not even my dad can do that am just 13 years old

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