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  • Apple's New iPad Air Gets the iFixit Teardown Treatment, Gets 2 Out of 10 Repairability


    The iFixit team has been busy digging into another one of Apple’s latest devices, the iPad Air. Apple's iPad Air is the thinnest, lightest, and fastest iPad to date. Apple notes the iPad Air is 20% thinner than its predecessor, with a bezel that is 43% thinner than its predecessor. It also only weighs 1 pound, while carrying the 9.7-inch retina display, 64-bit A7 chip, and 10-hour battery.

    iFixit’s findings are that the iPad Air carries a slightly modified A7 chip from the iPhone 5s; the iPhone 5s’ A7 chip (APL0698) differs from the iPad Air’s A7 chip (APL5698). Both are 64-bit chips and offer great performance. The iPad Air also carries Apple's M7 co-processor for movement, as well as 1GB of Elpida-branded memory. Toshiba is found to be the manufacturer of the iPad Air's flash storage.



    The iFixit team also found some changes in the battery, which is now a two-cell battery rather than a three-cell battery, and a change to the SIM card slot, which now accepts nano-SIM cards rather than micro-SIM cards.

    In taking the device apart, iFixit found numerous obstacles with the device’s construction that would make repairing it very difficult. For example, the front display being glued down to the device makes removal without breaking it difficult, the glue holding down the battery makes removing it without puncturing it a tough job, and issues with adhesive on the LCD display makes it a challenge to remove it without shattering it.

    On the bright side, iFixit notes that the battery isn’t soldered to the logic board and that the LCD is reasonably easy to remove from the front glass panel, so unlike Apple’s 2013 MacBook Pro with retina display, which received a 1 out of 10 repairability score, iFixit is giving Apple’s iPad Air a 2 out of 10 repairability score, where 10 is the easiest to repair and 1 is the hardest to repair.

    Sources: iFixit
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's New iPad Air Gets the iFixit Teardown Treatment, Gets 2 Out of 10 Repairability started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Can we agree that all of apples new devices from now on are not repairable. They obviously want you to spend the extra money to go to an apple store to get it fixed. I'm just saying. Although personally I've never had any problems with an apple device
    1. monkeyb's Avatar
      monkeyb -
      As much as I agree that most of the new devices are not repairable. I guess we need to understand that it is not easy to make a product thin and sleek with a lot of amazing hardware embedded into it. For now Apple has got out some really amazing products. Sure they have issues when it comes to self repairability but I am sure that problem will be solved when other companies start making smaller hardware parts so that they need not be glued into the device. Till then I am happy with what I am getting minus the pain in repairability.
    1. kosher1's Avatar
      kosher1 -
      I owned 7 apple devices and had issues with 6 of them. Garbage. But I sill but it. They cover under good warranty.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Wife, 10-yr-old daughter & me: 2-iPad 1s, 1-iPad 3rd gen, 2-iPhone 4Ss, 1-iphone 5. Never had a problem. Ever.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      I owned 7 apple devices and had issues with 6 of them. Garbage. But I sill but it. They cover under good warranty.
      Uh yeah I think it's about time you switch to a different brand and give that a try. Even I'm not that stupid to try 7 devices which 6 mess up but that's just me
    1. subreality's Avatar
      subreality -
      Back when computers were 50% air, repairability was a given, because why not? Now, the circuitry really is jammed in there, and repairability is the manufacturer's last concern.
    1. Mr_X's Avatar
      Mr_X -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      I owned 7 apple devices and had issues with 6 of them. Garbage. But I sill but it. They cover under good warranty.

      i've owned 10+ apple devices and never had any issues with them
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Can we agree that all of apples new devices from now on are not repairable. They obviously want you to spend the extra money to go to an apple store to get it fixed. I'm just saying. Although personally I've never had any problems with an apple device
      No, because they are repairable. I've repaired several older model iPads and it doesn't sound like this is significantly worse.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Can we agree that all of apples new devices from now on are not repairable. They obviously want you to spend the extra money to go to an apple store to get it fixed. I'm just saying. Although personally I've never had any problems with an apple device
      I think the iPhone 5 & 5s are the easiest to repair compared to the older models.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Ok we'll I'm wrong about everything lol
    1. towboattrash34's Avatar
      towboattrash34 -
      I've had iPhones since the 3 and 2 iPads only problem I ever had was a software problem.
    1. bradmullins007's Avatar
      bradmullins007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Can we agree that all of apples new devices from now on are not repairable. They obviously want you to spend the extra money to go to an apple store to get it fixed. I'm just saying. Although personally I've never had any problems with an apple device
      You must be really lucky then because my experience has been:

      I had three iPhone 3G 8gb: one had a boot loop that wasn't fixable, the other had a cracked charging port, the other wouldn't allow a charger to plug completely in so sometimes it'd charge sometimes it wouldn't.

      I had three IPhone 3GS 16gb: one had a logic board go bad another had a baseband chip that went bad so it wouldn't search for a cellular, wifi, or bluetooth signal thus it was turned into an iPod basically. The third one functioned alright but had to be restored occasionally.

      I had 1 iPhone 4 16gb: it's sim tray would short out and lose cellular signal if it was in a case or held in your hand.

      I had 4 iPhone 4S 16gb: two of them crashed but I had AppleCare so they were replaced with two new units and I had no more issues.

      Now I have two iPhone 5 16gb: my gf's has a speaker problem and mine occasionally freezes up but we'll probably get them replaced with AppleCare soon.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Wow 13 phones. I must be lucky but when do people learn? Dude can I be honest? Throw those iPhone 5s' away and go buy a different phone. When is enough lol. I could never go through that many phones to realize I should stop buying this brand.