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

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iPad Pro motherboard

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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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posted on 15 Jun 2017, 03:01 1

1. seret6 (Posts: 213; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

Is changing battery easy or difficult?

posted on 15 Jun 2017, 03:07 2

2. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 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.

posted on 15 Jun 2017, 03:24 5

4. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 523; Member since: 12 Jul 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?

posted on 15 Jun 2017, 06:20 1

7. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2017, 07:02

8. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 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"

posted on 15 Jun 2017, 03:22 2

3. HillaryClinton2020 (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Feb 2017)

Beautiful indeed :)

posted on 15 Jun 2017, 05:09

6. maple_mak (Posts: 904; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

But your haters' heart is ugly.

posted on 15 Jun 2017, 03:42 4

5. Alter (Posts: 133; Member since: 25 Mar 2016)

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

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 03:38

9. trojan_horse (Posts: 4928; Member since: 06 May 2016)

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

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 09:21

10. jack11141 (Posts: 61; Member since: 30 Sep 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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