With each new iPhone or iPad, we do our ceremonial unboxing, but the guys at iFixit go a tad further. Unboxing need little more than a steak knife to crack the plastic. The tear-downs conducted by iFixit have a slightly higher tool and skill set. These teardowns are helpful in a number of ways. It confirms some of the specifications we know and some that we don’t. They also provide us with information on who easy or hard it may be to repair a device. If under warranty, the Apple Store is always your best course of action. As devices go out of warranty, it’s natural to want to take action into your own hands. From the looks of this teardown, an iPad Air repair is not a consumer friendly DIY project.
A few things of note. First of all, it’s pretty amazing to glance inside an iPad. As you can see much of the inside is dedicated to the battery and that’s no different with the iPad Air. It has a 3.73 V,32.9 WHr two-cell power plant.The iPad Air is model number A1475. We’ve noted on occasion that the iPad Air looks much like an iPad mini. iFixit notes that ” It seems like Apple took an iPad Mini and transmogrified it to a regular iPad’s size”. The iPad Air has taken design cues from the mini both internally and externally.
As they made their way through the internals, they had trouble removing the battery, blaming mysterious screws and eventually finding spring contacts on the logic board that were keeping it clamped down. The cellular version now uses a nano-SIM, a minor change from last year’s micro-SIM. Apple has used 1GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM.
In the end, the iPad Air scored a 2 on their repairability score. These are pros and they managed to render the battery useless. The front panel uses adhesive to attach to the rest of the device, so removal could easily result in more damage.
If your iPad breaks, your choices are the Apple Store or the Apple Store. Even if you are capable, by all accounts, it’s not easy to repair your iPad Air.