10.5" iPad Pro teardown: beautiful on the inside, but hard to repair

The new 10.5" iPad Pro brings some welcome improvement and excitement to the tablet space.

As sales of tablets and iPads keep on dwindling, the 10.5" iPad Pro delivers a brand new 120Hz display that makes scrolling smoother than ever, delivers a big boost in performance and improves core experiences with the Apple Pencil

It will all come together with the arrival of iOS 11, a software update that brings features like the dock and improves multitasking on the iPad in a big way, making it much more productive and closer to a laptop in terms of productivity.

However, what we are looking at now is hardware, not software: teardown masters from iFixit opened the new 10.5" iPad Pro to see what's inside and to learn how easy it is to repair.

And the answer is: not easy at all. With huge amounts of glue and a fused LCD panel with the front glass, it's hard to perform basic tasks like a battery and screen replacement on the new iPad. Techies will be happy to see the various components on the 10.5" iPad Pro exposed, and all the curious little details and differences when compared with the 12.9" iPad Pro.

Check it all out right below.

source: iFixit

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iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • Display 10.5" 1668 x 2224 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10X Fusion, Hexa-core, 2380 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 8134 mAh



1. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Is changing battery easy or difficult?

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Read the article. it's difficult. There should be laws to limit how manufacturers makes it hard to repair their devices to block us and push sales. Anyway when I buy something it's mine, so I ain't buying devices like this.

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It's hard to repair most modern electronics because of the push to make them as thin and light as possible, not to force users to upgrade. Would you prefer the iPad be thick like a traditional laptop and easy to disassemble with screws?

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

using excessive glue got nothing to do with making device thinner and lighter..

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, they could just use pull tabs like the rest of the industry Even the 12.9" has pull tabs, not sure why they cheaped out on the 10.5"

3. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Beautiful indeed :)

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

But your haters' heart is ugly.

5. Alter

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Dunno why no one mentioned the repairability score given by iFixit. 2 out of 10

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

2 out of 10 repairability score... Damn. Not worth the hassle of repairing then.

10. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

60fps on ipad display sounds amazing for ios users and apple makes so much noise about anythink they have on their device that they are first to introduce those technologies. 60fps fast refreshing screen was first introduced by Nokia about 4 years ago in lumia 920.

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