Last week, Apple announced its newest iPad complete with a bevy a useful upgrades, including updated processor and Apple Pencil support. iFixit got its hands on one and took a look at how easy it will be to fix if the need ever arises. Apple did not do its customers any favors when designing the new iPad, because repairing it is not going to be easy.
Apple took a similar approach to the iPad as it does with other products. It built a tightly woven construct of metal, glass and other materials held together by an endless amount of adhesive (and some screws). That right there is a major issue when repairing the iPad, but we’ll get back to that later.
Taking the iPad apart starts by removing the display, and that can only be done by heating it to loosen the adhesive holding it down. There are two parts to this: a digitizer on top of the LCD panel that comes off first and the panel that can removed by unscrewing some Phillips screws. It is the most welcome aspect of the new iPad. By having to separate components to the air-gap display, it will make fixing a broken screen or LCD panel much easier and less expensive.
That’s where the good news ends. Removing some of the remaining parts includes a lot of adhesive, and it’s none more evident than with the battery, which is one of the parts that will most likely get replaced during the lifespan of the iPad.
Overall, iFixit game the new iPad a repairability score of two out of ten. It’s something to keep in mind when considering purchasing AppleCare+ for Apple’s latest tablet.