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iPad Air 2 Teardown – Yeah, You’re Not Fixing This Solo (Update)

by Todd Haselton | October 23, 2014October 23, 2014 8:00 am PDT

Apple’s beautiful new iPad Air 2 is finally starting to arrive in customers hands and even in some stores. That, of course, means that the folks at iFixit were waiting screwdriver-in-hand to rip open Apple’s new tablet. Thankfully, we learn a bit about what’s inside, in addition to just how hard it’s going to be for you to fix it on your own.

Spoiler: don’t even try.

iFixit noticed that there’s not a single external screw on the entire chassis, which means there’s a lot of glue holding the tablet together. You’ll want to make sure a professional is making any sort of repairs to the device because of that reason. “The glued-down display remains the iPad’s only access point, so there’s still a risk of damaging it even when performing ordinary repairs,” iFixit explained.

The team found a few other changes, too. The Wi-Fi antennas now sit toward the top of the iPad Air 2 instead of on the bottom, and there’s a secondary ambient light sensor that actually sits on the 3.5mm headphone jack component. Also, the iPad Air 2 technically has a smaller battery than the iPad Air, but the promised battery life should be improved thanks to more power efficient components.

iFixit ultimately gave the iPad Air 2 a repairability score of 2/10, mainly because you really should be a professional if you’re attempting to take off the display to replace any components. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the whole table sounds incredibly well built.

Update: There’s also an NFC chip. Interesting, wonder why?

Hit the source for iFixit’s full teardown.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...