iPhone 12 Mini gets a teardown by iFixit, shows how Apple has fit components inside
The camera module stays the same as iPhone 12 ‘Mini’ however, there is no plastic space as the one seen in the larger model.
Apple iPhone 12 Mini is one of the more ‘interesting’ models in the series this year majorly because of its compact size. However, despite its small size, it packs as much power and as good camera performance as the regular sized iPhone 12, except for the battery capacity and the screen size. So, it is only natural for someone to think how Apple was able to fit inside all those iPhone 12 components in the ‘mini’ form factor. iFixit had a teardown of iPhone 12 Mini and tries to answer the question.
The first difference that one could see is in the antennas. These are more asymmetric in ‘Mini’ possibly because it doesn’t have enough space to accommodate the same antenna design as iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Max. In addition, the camera module stays the same as iPhone 12 ‘Mini’ however, there is no plastic space as the one seen in the larger model. This is because the iPhone 12 Mini, unlike the iPhone 12 Pro, is without a LiDAR scanner.
The removal of plastic space is important as it is then used for other components. “We’re impressed by the additional camera in this small-bodied phone, but it may have come at the expense of the already paltry battery life. Hard to stay mad at this li’l guy, though,” said the teardown website.
On the battery front, iFixit says that iPhone 12 Mini has a higher capacity than the 2020 iPhone SE battery. However, it still is smaller than iPhone 12 battery. In addition, the size of the components have also reduced. This includes a smaller Taptic Engine and bottom speaker grille as well. More details however, will be shared at a later date.