iPhone 12 mini teardown shows what Apple shrank to make a tiny flagship

iPhone 12 mini teardown shows what Apple shrank to make a tiny flagship

The inspection also reinforces the differences between the US and international versions of the iPhone 12 mini, such as the presence of “squares” near the camera array that might be mmWave 5G antennas. And despite earlier worries with the regular 12, it appears that camera replacements work properly here.

Despite the 12 mini’s compact body, iFixit determined that it would be relatively easy for DIY enthusiasts to repair the screen and replace the battery. The glass housing is the main concern, as you might have to replace the whole body if that breaks. Apple clearly made a few compromises to stuff the A14 and 5G into a design this small, but not so much that common fixes became difficult.

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