iPad Wi-Fi Dock Connector Cable Replacement

Replace a broken dock connector cable on your iPad Wi-Fi.

Use this guide to replace your iPad's dock connector cable.

Relevant Parts
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Edit Step 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Insert a metal spudger between the top 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.

  • 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.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • With one spudger, work your way along the right edge of the iPad.

  • The front panel is held to the aluminum back by metal clips on the top, bottom, and left sides. The right side has plastic tabs which slide into recesses in the backplate.

  • Once the clips are released, lift the left side of the front panel up and slide it to the left to clear the tabs from the aluminum backplate.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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

  • Do not attempt to remove the display at this time, as it is attached to the rear panel assembly.

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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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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of a plastic 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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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • 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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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the display assembly from the rear panel assembly.

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Edit Step 9 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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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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

  • 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 Wi-Fi device page.

Required Tools

Metal Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

T5 Torx Screwdriver

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

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Comments Comments are onturn off

I am not sure what I did wrong, but I broke 4-5 clips when trying to open the iPad with the spudger.

jason, · Reply

I think this guide is incorrect. I bought a T5 Torx screwdriver and it was too big for the screws in my iPad. I believe you need a T4 Torx screwdriver.

markdorey, · Reply

Tip* "ONLY WITH METAL SPUDGER* heat it with a lighter till its warm to touch, then slide it like a butter knife. it reduces chances of chipping glass.

luckie , · Reply

I've found that by using a thicker iPad tool dents the back less(not at all if your careful) and start prying just under the volume button and working my way down works better as the metal clips are on all sider except the right side.

richard, · Reply

Great guide, but to me it's hard to justify all this work when Apple will exchange for a like-new iPad with a new battery for $106, and the battery and tools cost ~60. http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=s...

Matthew Elvey, · Reply

Its seems easier to undo the clips on the left and bottom by levering them with an iPad tool and pusing the clips in from the edge with another tool when i can visually see them. One the right side, bottom and most of the left side is done there isnt much need to do the top as it will slide off if moved about a centimeter

richard, · Reply

By it's BOTTOM edge.

jonathan, · Reply

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