iPhone 12 Mini iFixit Teardown Reveals Taptic Engine, Antennas in Detail

The iPhone 12 mini went through the iFixit tear-off process, revealing much of the same internal design as other iPhone 12 models, with a few key differences. The iPhone 12 series models are known to share similar internal components, but the size of the iPhone 12 mini made it necessary to make some changes. iFixit found that the antennas on the iPhone 12 mini were more asymmetrical when compared to the other iPhone 12 models. In addition, the battery, Taptic Engine and speakers are smaller compared to the iPhone 12.

While the demolition process for the iPhone 12 mini was pretty much the same as for the other iPhone 12 models, iFixit written down Some differences made to accommodate the smaller handset size. The iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4-inch display and measures 131.50 x 64.20 x 7.40 mm. The dismantling showed that the antennas were more asymmetrical, as they could not be built into the “phone with a small body” – as iFixit calls it – like the larger iPhone 12 models. The display for the iPhone 12 mini was opened to the left like the iPhone 12, but is connected with two instead of three display cables.

The dismantling also showed that the battery, taptic engine, and speaker were smaller. Similarly, the earpiece, face recognition, and sensors in the top assembly have been scaled down to fit on the smaller iPhone 12 mini.

While the iPhone 12 comes with the camera module the same size as the iPhone 12 Pro, but without the LiDAR sensor, the iPhone 12 mini removes the plastic spacer to make room for other components. In particular, the iPhone 12 mini has the same two cameras as the iPhone 12.

Regarding the battery, iFixit announced that the battery in the iPhone 12 mini is 8.57 Wh – larger than the 6.96 Wh in the iPhone SE (2020). The iPhone 12 mini is limited to 12 W for wireless charging, while the other three models are limited to 15 W. However, all iPhone 12 models charge the same 20 W when charged with the cable.


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