Better keep your fingers crossed that your new iPad Air doesn’t break because if it does, it’ll be tough to repair it on your own. Teardown specialist iFixit got their hands on the new slim tablet, tore into it with reckless abandon (ok, maybe not so reckless) and gave it a repairability score of two out of 10 (10 being the easiest to fix).
The team found that, just like with previous iPads, the front panel is glued to the rest of the device which greatly increases the chances of breaking the glass during repair. Furthermore, the LCD has sticky foam tape adhering it to the front panel, increasing the chances of shattering it during disassembly. You also can’t access the front panel’s connector until you remove the LCD.
Once inside, there is gobs and gobs of adhesive holding everything in place. iFixit said this was the most difficult battery removal procedure they’ve seen in an iPad to date.
On the positive side, the team found the LCD was easy to remove once the front panel had been taken off. What’s more, the battery is not soldered to the logic board so replacing it will be a little bit easier in that regard. Just be careful when doing so as it’s extremely thin and apparently, very flexible. There’s not much good that can happen when a battery gets warped or punctured.
Given the poor repairability score, you’re likely best off taking the iPad Air to an Apple Store or other authorized repair shop should something need replacing.
The iPad Air is the fifth generation of Apple's highly remarkable tablet. It features a 9.7 inch Retina display and is powered by a 64 bit, A7 chip running iOS 7. Other features includes a 5MP camera that shoots HD video, an improved front facing FaceTime camera, Siri and dual microphones. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of storage. Last but not least, the iPad Air weighs only 1 pound.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
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