Announced October 22nd and released November 12th, 2013. The iPad mini 2, also known as the iPad mini with Retina Display, has all the pixels of the iPad Air in a smaller 7.9" form factor.

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Can I use an old LCD in new iPad?

I recently busted my iPad mini 2. Both the LCD and the screen are broken. To avoid paying over $80 in replacement parts, can I use the LCD from my iPad mini 1 and buy a new screen and digitizer? The iPad mini 1 is pretty old, and when the screen got replaced, it was replaced with a bad screen and started ghost touching. It's basically useless. To me, someone with very little knowledge of technology, this seems like a logical solution, but then again, I know very little in this area.

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@macklredd - Unfortunately, NO. The LCD changed from the iPad Mini to Mini 2. The connectors on the two screens are slightly different.

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Good answer Eric!

I would also like to point out that the mini is a non-retina LCD while the mini 2 is retina. They wouldn't work interchangeably even if you could connect them.


FWIW, the digitizer is compatible. So you'd only need to get the iPad mini 2/3 LCD to have all the parts for the repair. Word of caution, iPad displays rarely go quietly into the night, pay extra care not to crack your display during the transfer, and good luck!


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