The 2018 iPad teardown is here, courtesy of iFixit. Not surprisingly, Apple’s newest tablet receives a poor repairability score as you’ll see below.
Noting the 2018 iPad is very similar to the model it replaced, iFixit says “As in all iPads, a solid barrier of very strong adhesive bars the way to any repairs, and makes rework a sticky proposition.” As a result, it gives the tablet a 2-out-of-10 repairability score.
- The LCD is easy to remove once you separate the cover glass/digitizer.
- Air-gapped, separately replaceable cover glass and LCD makes many drop damage repairs far less expensive.
- More adhesive holds nearly everything else in place. Battery replacement is particularly challenging.
- The LCD has foam sticky tape adhering it to the front panel, increasing risk of damage during disassembly.
You can read more about the 2018 iPad teardown here.
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