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Apple’s New iPad Air is Not Designed to be Repairable

The hardware savvy folks at iFixit have been busy disassembling the new iPad Air and the findings are neither surprising or welcoming. The Apple tablet is practically unrepairable with 2 out of 10 points, with 10 being an easy to repair device. It’s practically held together by tape and adhesives. Yes, tape.

Here are the major restricting factors for self repairs, via iFixit:

  • Just like in previous iPads, the front panel is glued to the rest of the device, greatly increasing the chances of cracking the glass during a repair.
  • Gobs, gobs, and goblins of adhesive hold everything in place. This is the most difficult battery removal procedure we’ve seen in an iPad.
  • The LCD has foam sticky tape adhering it to the front panel, increasing chances of it being shattered during disassembly.
  • You can’t access the front panel’s connector until you remove the LCD.
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