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April 22, 2013
The iPad screen broke after being dropped and our Verizon insurance replaced it no questions asked. They didn't want the "broken" iPad back and suggested we just throw it away. We are talking about a $900 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi and CDMA that still worked fine. My friend used it for a couple months until I suggested we fix the screen.
Since the glass was broken terribly (this version of the glass seems to "spider-web" out into thousands of pieces with cracked) the install was slightly different than the guide would suggest. Getting the screen off in one piece was impossible. Once I realized this, I just pulled off the larger pieces then heated the outer-rim and used the spludger to scrape off the shards and dust-sized glass pieces.
Since I was careful with the home button and iSight clips I don't regret not paying the extra $40 for the assembly version of this product. Although I will admit it would have saved me around 30 minutes had I gone with that version of this panel.
Total repair time: 2 hours
The iOpener heated bag of rice worked ok but things got much easier when I used my Wagner heat gun. Purchased for ~$20 it made the glue much easier to remove. Just be sure to direct the heat away from iPad components and keep the setting on Low in order to not damage the batteries (which is about 755 of the iPad's bulk).
April 9, 2013
My best friend and I bought our iPad 3 4G's at the same time. My friend started dating a girl so I hadn't seen him in a couple of months. I ran into him one night and he let me know that he had dropped his iPad and was very upset about it. I was too after seeing the picture he took of it. He dropped it getting out of his car. It was in a padded slip case and it didn't drop far but hit right on the corner as you'll see in the picture. He didn't think it could be fixed by the likes of us but I reminded him that i'd taken plenty of (successful) risks with iPods, a MacBookPro and several other computers, but never an iPad. I told him about iFixit but he had doubts. I did some research and told him it would run about $150 to fix the front panel. Well worth it to quit cutting his fingers and having to relive the experience everyday. He agreed so I ordered the tools and display from iFixit.
The repair was tedious and slow because the display was falling apart in tiny pieces. We finally hit a point where we got a good chunk so to make it heat up faster we used a hair dryer along with the iOpener. We didn't have any problems after that. We used an Xacto knife ,(very carefully) and iFixit tweezers to get off the remainder of adhesive and little bits of glass. We also used a small vacuum cleaner to keep the work area clean. Heat was the most important tool we had. We had to be careful though not to over heat the iPad and damage it. Its a fine line between not enough heat and too much. Before adhering the display we hooked it up and lined it up to make sure it worked. It didn't. We were about 5 hrs. in so we waited overnight to troubleshoot. I reached out to the help forum on iFixit and got some advice to hold down the lock button for about 15 seconds then plug in the iPad to power and it should boot up. It didn't boot so I thought maybe a hard reset by holding the lock button and the home button for about 15 seconds and then plug it in, that did it! I was so happy to see my friends eyes light up when the white apple showed up on the screen. We tested everything from a list we found on a video on YouTube. Everything worked fine so we stuck the display on, heated the tape a bit and put a couple big books on it overnight. It was well worth the time we put into it.
We felt like the day we got our iPads in the mail, there is still a little chip on the aluminum housing but we filed it down very carefully with a very fine file. The beauty of that new display took our eyes away from it. The best advice I could give would be first and foremost heat! Then, patience and plenty of time. If we would have realized the importance of direct heat on the edges we could have cut our work time by quite a bit. 2 heads and 4 hands really helped! You may also want to replace the bevel depending on the severity of the break. It was a difficult task but the reward is well worth it! Thank you iFixit for saving my ) ) one more time!
March 13, 2013
March 4, 2013
The iPad was dropped on concrete and the glass shattered. Luckily the rest of the iPad was completely functional.
It took quite a bit of time to remove the smaller pieces of glass before I was able to get enough solid glass surface(s) to get the guitar picks under. But the time was definitely worth it as my iPad is back up and running for a third of the cost of sending to Apple for out-of-warranty repair.
The iOpener has to be hot! Mine smelled a bit like popcorn when heated fully. Also note that the iOpener will release moisture as it is heated. Since the glass was already cracked, this moisture can make it's way into the hardware. I used an Xacto knife and tweezers to remove the smaller pieces of glass and used the iOpener to warm the larger pieces which were easily seperated from the case with the guitar picks.
The pictures make it seem as if the WiFi antenna is attached to the glass. It's more of a foam-rubber seal and wasn't attached. It may actually be better to treat that area like the touchscreen ribbon and avoid it entirely. Or at most, only insert the guitar pick about 1/8" in.
The guide doesn't show it but the button and camera fixtures must be removed from the existing glass and attached to the new. This is another spot where the Xacto knife comes in handy as once the old glass is off you can slide the blade under the fixtures to easily remove them. The adhesive that comes with the glass includes pieces for the button but not the camera so cut some from the waste material.
January 10, 2013
After only having my new iPad 4 a week my 4 year old decided he wanted to try even though he knew it was hands-off :) The iPad slipped from his hands and the corner hit the concrete shattering the screen. It was a drop of less than 2' from my TV stand to the floor, but it hit just the right spot. Luckily, the Zagg shield held the glass in place so it didn't do any damage to the LCD.
I thoroughly read the manuals here for the iPad 3 and checked several videos online before starting. For the most part, the repair went well. The glass separated from the iPad where it was whole, but in ran into some trouble around the shattered areas.
The glass had to be pulled from the device and the broken pieces had to be carefully pried away later. The glue is very strong and makes it quite difficult to get small pieces off easily. Keeping the glue warm is absolutely key! I had to use a precision flat-head screwdriver to pry the small parts and remaining glue off of the iPad (a step omitted from the guide).
The corners of the case needed to be bent a bit for the new glass to fit (they were damaged in the drop). Overall I'm happy with the results and saved a ton of money doing it myself.
The iPad 4 used the same glass and digitizer as the iPad 3. The only difference is how the home button attaches. On the iPad 4, there is a ribbon cable attached to the button which requires you to hold the new glass at a 45 degree angle to the iPad before you can reattach it.
Oh, and get a good case with little kids around (OtterBox or LifeProof). These things are FRAGILE!