Fixing my iPad – What are the challenges?

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2020)

“Hey, I’ve decided I’m gonna try fixing my iPad, is there anything I should look out for?” Yes, Absolutely.

Attempting a repair while lacking experience or knowledge, you can severely damage the iPad. Some botched repairs lead to the iPad no longer functioning. We see many cases where customers have attempted fixing their iPad. Due to the nature of the adhesive, positioning of flex cables, and the delicacy of these types of electronics and screens, they have destroyed what was normally a good working iPad that just needed a simple fix.

Many people think that they have a friend that claims they know how to work on iPads. Be wary: that friend might not have the level of expertise when it comes to fixing iPads properly.

What Problems Can I Expect While Fixing My iPad?

If you don’t use the right type of adhesive, then you can end up with a device where the glass won’t properly sit down in the housing, or it might start popping up.

If you don’t know how to handle the delicacy of logic board connectors and flex cables, then you can end up destroying devices. Several flex cables line the inside of the housing. If you’re not careful, the process of pulling the glass off can easily damage the cables.

We recently had a school that sent in quite a few devices to us, and one of the devices had been worked on by one of their IT administrators. The IT administrator, who normally is very skilled in fixing computers, was not very skilled with iPads and damaged it to the point where we could no longer repair it.

Removing the glass requires special heat pads and separation tools and a delicate hand. If you overheat the iPad, you risk damaging components like the LCD your battery. If you don’t heat it enough, then you’re going to struggle to break the adhesive free.

While working on iPads, make sure that the screws are always put back in place in the right holes. If you don’t put the screws back in the right place several things can happen. You can damage the logic board or the battery. You could cause damage that is not fixable.

Even if you get to the point where you were able to get everything apart simple things like not turning the iPad off can cause a short circuit on the logic board, blowing out backlights so the LCD no longer functions, creating a short on the connector, or burning out the board, to where the device will never work ever again.

Choose an Experienced iPad Repair Technician

There are so many opportunities to screw up the iPad, to put it bluntly. This is why we recommend having an expert iPad repair technician fix your device the right way. If you have an expert fix it then you’ll avoid all these potential traps and it will get done right the first time.

While some iPads can be fixed just by replacing the glass if they have a cracked screen, many others have the glass and LCD fused, to where you have to replace the fall assembly. Some of these assemblies are extremely expensive and the parts alone can cost $400-$500. While this might come as a shock to the unsuspecting consumer, the reality of it is that these iPads, when buying new or used, are still very very expensive, costing upwards of $1500.

In the case of iPad repair, going with the cheapest solution, may not always be the best solution. We highly advise you to take your time and do your due diligence when searching for an iPad repair company. Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us, will be happy to help you out in finding an iPad repair solution that meets your needs.

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