iFixit takes apart the iPad Air, doesn't score well for repairability

As is customary with any new Apple release, the guys over at iFixit have got their hands on an iPad Air and proceeded to do what they do best; take it apart. It's as cool as ever to see what's inside, but the downer is that the Air scores pretty low on the repairability front.

iFixit has given the iPad Air a pretty lowly 2/10. On the positive side the LCD and glass on the front are separate components, so that at least is an aid to any replacements due to cracking, or worse. The battery causes some issues, not so much from a soldering perspective, but from the amount of glue holding it in place and spring contacts on the logic board that traps it in place. Looks to have been a frustrating time trying to get that thing out of there!

Any DIY-repairers out there disappointed with what you're seeing?

Source: iFixit

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iFixit takes apart the iPad Air, doesn't score well for repairability


I'm not surprised by the repairability score. Apple isn't expecting the customer to be doing DIY repairs. I don't know of too many people with the knowledge to do repairs by themselves. Apple is focused on making a product as sturdy, fast, slim and light as possible, and expects users to bring it back to Apple should something go wrong.

honestly, with applecare plus only costing $99 and a $50 deductible i can't imagine i would opt for not paying that extra little bit and just taking to an apple store if something goes wrong.

"Disappointed" implies expectation of better. Apple has not considered reparability a priority for years, if not decades. I wish they would, frankly, but that ship has sailed, and people who buy Apple products (should) know that by now.

Pretty much what I have come to expect with iPads. Never been easily repairable since the first gen. Definitely doable, as I did for years up until excerpt professionally. The air is pretty much on par with the mini it looks like in terms of difficulty.

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