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December 31, 2013
The glass was cracked, the i-pad was still working but it was getting worse.
The repair went well. The most difficult part is getting the old glass off of the frame. The adhesive works very well!
3 pieces of advice:
1.Take the 4 screws out of the circuit board where all the connectors run into. It makes it much easier to push the ribbon into the connection when you can grasp the board (hold the edges, do not touch the components)
2. Make sure the ribbon is seated into the slot. The white line should be all the way up too the connector.
3. Test the installation before peeling off the adhesive strips. If the keypad does not work, you may need to reseat the ribbon.
December 30, 2013
The glass had shattered extensively and it was cheaper to buy a full toolkit and the digitizer assembly instead of paying someone else to do it.
It went horribly at first. The directions for replacing a screen assembly begin with the assumption that your screen is all in one piece. Mine was not. It took two days of heating and reheating, prying tiny shards of glass off of the strongest glue known to mankind with tweezers. It was a nightmare. Then, even after cleaning both the digitizer and the display multiple times there was still a few bubbles under the glass once assembled. Some tips on how to prevent/fix that would have been a huge help.
1) When it says to heat the edge of the ipad it means heat it MOLTEN HOT. If your screen is shattered don't bother heating the entire side, just heat up one or two inches at a time.
2) The instructions don't really mention the reassembly process. You need to clean the display and the back of the glass perfectly or you'll be stuck with tiny spots. And when I say stuck I mean it - once you glue down the glass it is not coming off.
3) Pay super special attention to how the home button cable is routed and folded in the lower left of the ipad before disconnecting it. Then look at it again. It attaches in an odd sort of way and is tough to recreate if you haven't paid special attention to it in the first place.
December 18, 2013
I bought a new case for my iPad 4th Gen that had corner clips instead of wrap-around protection. Big mistake. The first time it dropped, it fell four feet and landed on its corner on a concrete floor. At least I had a screen protector to keep the tiny shards and glass dust from getting everywhere.
Many of the repair guide steps for replacing an iPad screen do not apply when the glass is shattered. Attempting to insert a spacer between the glass and bezel tended to make the glass shatter even more, so I ended up just scraping the glass and glue from the edges until three sides of the screen (top, right, and bottom) were free. After heating the left side, I was able to gently flip the screen open from there, clean away residual glass and glue, then proceed with the repair from Step 26 (Front Panel Assembly). This process took about two hours with the iFixit heater bag and a hot blow dryer, and only resulted in two cuts to fingers. The good news is that there was little danger in damaging the wifi antenna. The rest of the repair was fine. The guide is very helpful that way.
1. Buy the Front Panel Assembly! The extra $20 is worth having the home button and adhesive strips pre-installed.
2. Have the tools ready to bend any dented corners back in place, otherwise the new panel won't fit and you can break it trying to force it in place.
3. After installing the new panel, place it under heavy, oversized books for the night to ensure a good adhesive seal.
December 10, 2013
It fell off of a podium during a presentation, only 3 months old and no Apple Care, Apple was going to charge $50 more than the cost of a brand new iPad to mail it in!
about 3 hours total. Since the display was so badly cracked (the top, left and bottom were completely shattered and barely holding together, didn't think to take pics) I ended up having to use a straight razor to scrape the tiny little pieces off, and repeatedly had to start the prying open process over again after each cracked section. I used a heat gun to supplement the iOpener, and my colleagues did not approve of the smell (I don't think I microwaved it too long but it smelled like burning popcorn)
Apple really needs to learn that you can't push on a rope (or a cable) The home button cable was really fiddly to get reattached.
Highly recommend a "dry fit" (put the LCD in without screws and lay the digitizer on top without the adhesive tape removed) to verify functionality before seating the display permanently. It caught the fact that I hadn't gotten the LCD cable completely seated, resulting in the screen jittering, and I didn't have to pry the !@#$ thing open again.
November 30, 2013
Screen was is a million pieces.
The repair went well once I removed all the tiny bits of glass However it does not work...I swipe my finger across the screen to unlock it and nothing happens...HELP.
Glass does fly...wear eye protection
November 6, 2013
Ipad 3 broken touch screen
Without a microwave, I used a powerfull hair dryer, put on a pair of guitar picks, and I gently removed the touch screen, quick, clean .... too easy...
Remove the flat cables, the LCD, clean...too easy...
Insert new touch screen, flat cables, remove dust from LCD, light adhesive tape heating, closing...test, everything works.
From now something happens..I put two vocabularies on the Ipad and leave on all the night.
The next morning when I try to turn on the Ipad, black screen and beeping...panic
New open, and i found the digitizer flat cable ripped..I don't know how can be happened, but now I'm waiting a new touch screen...
I told you... it was too easy ....
Be carefull to the flat cables....