Developer Jeff Atwood got his iPad mini delivered two days early. But instead of delighting in his fortune, he handed it over to the DIY repair experts at iFixit, who immediately put it under the knife for one of the company's thorough teardowns. Once inside, iFixit discovered that this iPad is a lot like a big iPod touch, in terms of design and architecture.
When the original iPad was first announced in 2010, critics panned the device as being "just a big iPod touch." We quickly learned that its large, expansive screen offered new kinds of touch interaction that just weren't possible on smaller iOS devices. And while iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches have shared many architectural and design similarities, the new iPad mini is clearly more similar to the latest fifth-generation iPod touch than any previous iPad or iPod touch.
Like the iPod touch, the iPad mini casing is carved from solid aluminum, with rounded rear edges and chamfered front edges where the aluminum meets the front glass. It uses metal for the volume buttons and mute switch. It has a rear-facing 5MP autofocus camera and a front-facing FaceTime HD camera. And it's all powered by Apple's 32nm A5 mobile processor.