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.