iPad 3G Dock Connector Cable Replacement

Replacing the dock connector cable with integrated Wi-Fi on your iPad 3G.

You can use this guide in order to replace your iPad's connector cable.

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Edit Step 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • The iPad shown in the photos may look slightly different from your iPad, but the procedure is the same.

  • Insert a metal spudger between the right edge of the display assembly and the rear panel assembly.

  • Rotate the spudger away from you to release the tabs along the top edge of the display.

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  • Insert a second metal spudger between the top edge of the display assembly and the rear panel assembly to keep the tabs from snapping back into place.

  • Pry the display assembly away from the rear panel.

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  • Continue prying the display assembly away from the rear panel along the bottom and left edges of the iPad.

  • Use extreme caution as you approach the top edge of the iPad. The digitizer ribbon cable is located near the edge of the rear panel and can easily be damaged.

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  • Lift the display assembly away from the rear panel assembly by its bottom edge.

  • Do not excessively lift the display assembly off the rest of the iPad, as a fragile antenna cable with very little slack still connects the two components.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the bottom of the iPad up off its socket on the communications board.

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  • In the following steps, you will disconnect the three cables attaching the display assembly to the logic board. The cables are for the following components:

    • Digitizer

    • Ambient Light Sensor

    • Display Data Cable

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  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to flip up the retaining flaps holding the digitizer ribbon cables in their sockets on the logic board.

  • Be sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the digitizer ribbon cables straight out of their sockets.

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  • Use an iPod opening tool to remove the ambient light sensor connector from its socket by gently prying upward.

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  • Disconnect the display data cable from the main board by flipping up the metal retainer by its black plastic pull tab.

  • Pull the cable connector away from its socket.

  • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board.

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  • Remove the display assembly from the rear panel assembly.

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Edit Step 11 Dock Connector Cable  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 4.56 mm T5 Torx screws securing the dock connector cable to the main board.

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  • Remove the single 2.84 mm T5 Torx screw connecting the dock connector cable to the rear case assembly.

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  • Remove the two 2.84 mm T5 Torx screws securing the dock connector cable to the rear panel assembly.

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  • Carefully remove the plastic cover over the WiFi/Bluetooth board and dock connector cable using an iPod opening tool.

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  • Pry the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas up off their respective sockets on the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board.

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  • Remove the dock connector cable from the rear panel assembly.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the iPad 3G device page.

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After replacing the Dock Connector Cable you may find your iPad stuck in Recovery Mode, this is due to changing the WiFi chip (Included on the Dock Cable), the WiFi address is different and cannot be recognised. Just Restore in iTunes and all will be ok.

Sam112, · Reply

Ok, a word of caution that can't be overstated. The off screen switch, the lock swith, and the volume switch can all be broken easily. I would stay away from this area completely. The bracket on the off switch is tack welded and can be broken. The volume/lock swith can be malformed to become unusable. So avoid the area and you will be better off.

Carl Rossi, · Reply

Be very careful as the left side has plastic pins that go into the cover, the right side and bottom have metal clips which break easily.

After unlocking the left side, pull away from the right side, as to save the metal clips.

Neven Dilkov, · Reply

During reassembly, it can be difficult to get the clips back into the body. I found that I had to put two (sturdy) metal spudgers on either side of the lower-right clip in order to gain enough space to get the clip into the body. Even then it required a fair amount of force (obviously not so much as to damage the display).

cgkemper, · Reply

There are four black angle metal foil corner pieces that just fall out of the case. They are about 4 mm long and 2mm on each leg. Have no clue what they do or where they go.

Carl Rossi, · Reply

That's probably broken Metal Display Clips. Easy to replace, but you'll need to purchase a set of new clips. Luckily, they're not expensive :-)


The display data cable may be glued into place along the right and top side of the right battery. You should use an iPod opening tool to pry it away from the adhesive. This will allow you to get a wider opening between the display and iPad body in order to access and remove other cables.

cgkemper, · Reply

Whats this antenna for? What is I accidentally tore it out? what will it affect?

Laith, · Reply

This is the GSM antenna cable connector.


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