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iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement

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  1. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the left edge of the device for two minutes.

  2. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Screen removal information: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • While you're waiting for the adhesive to loosen, note the following areas that are sensitive to prying:

    • Front camera

    • Antennas

    • Display cables

  3. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 3, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Anti-Clamp
    $24.95
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    • The next three steps demonstrate the Anti-Clamp, a tool we designed to make the opening procedure easier. If you aren't using the Anti-Clamp, skip down three steps for an alternate method.

    • For complete instructions on how to use the Anti-Clamp, check out this guide.

    • Pull the blue handle backwards to unlock the Anti-Clamp's arms.

    • Place an object under your iPad so it rests level between the suction cups.

    • Position the suction cups near the middle of the left edge—one on the top, and one on the bottom.

    • Hold the bottom of the Anti-Clamp steady and firmly press down on the top cup to apply suction.

    • If you find that the surface of your iPad is too slippery for the Anti-Clamp to hold onto, use tape to create a grippier surface.

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    • Pull the blue handle forward to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle clockwise 360 degrees or until the cups start to stretch.

    • Make sure the suction cups remain aligned with each other. If they begin to slip out of alignment, loosen the suction cups slightly and realign the arms.

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    • Wait one minute to give the adhesive a chance to release and present an opening gap.

    • If your screen isn't getting hot enough, you can use a hair dryer to heat along the left edge of the iPad.

    • For complete instructions on how to use a hair dryer, check out this guide.

    • Insert an opening pick under the digitizer when the Anti-Clamp creates a large enough gap.

    • If the Anti-Clamp doesn't create a sufficient gap, apply more heat to the area and rotate the handle clockwise half a turn.

    • Don't crank more than a half a turn at a time, and wait one minute between turns. Let the Anti-Clamp and time do the work for you.

    • Skip the next step.

  6. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

    • Once the screen is warm to touch, apply a suction handle to the left edge of the screen and as close to the edge as possible.

    • Lift the screen with the suction handle to create a small gap between the digitizer and the frame.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap between the digitizer and the frame.

  7. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Insert a second opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the pick toward the bottom-left corner of the device to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in the bottom-left corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

    • Don't worry if you can see the opening pick through the digitizer—just pull the pick out. The LCD screen shouldn't be damaged, but you risk leaving behind hard-to-clean adhesive.

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    • If the opening pick gets stuck in the adhesive, "roll" the pick along the side of the iPad to continue separating the adhesive.

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    • Slide the first opening pick towards the top-left corner of the device to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in the top-left corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  10. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Heat the top edge: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the device for two minutes.

  11. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top left adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top left adhesive: step 11, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top left adhesive: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Rotate the pick around the top-left corner of the device to separate the adhesive.

  12. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 12, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the device, stopping just before you reach the front camera.

    • Avoid sliding the pick over the front camera, as you may damage the lens. The following steps will show how to prevent this.

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    • Pull the pick out until only the tip is between the digitizer and the frame.

    • Slide the pick above the front camera to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick near the right side of the front camera before continuing.

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    • Re-insert the pick and slide it towards the top-right corner of the device to completely separate the top adhesive.

    • Leave the pick in the top-right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  15. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the device for two minutes.

  16. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top right adhesive: step 16, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top right adhesive: step 16, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the top right adhesive: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Rotate the pick around the top-right corner of the device to separate the adhesive.

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    • Insert a new opening pick and slide it to the middle of the iPad's right edge.

    • The display cables are located approximately halfway from the bottom of the iPad. Stop sliding once you reach three inches from the bottom of the iPad.

  18. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Heat the bottom edge: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge of the device for two minutes.

  19. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the bottom left adhesive: step 19, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the bottom left adhesive: step 19, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the bottom left adhesive: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the bottom-left pick to the bottom-left corner to separate the adhesive.

    • Don't fully rotate the pick around the corner, as you may damage the antenna.

    • Leave the pick in the bottom-left corner before moving to the next step.

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    • Insert a new opening pick into the gap you just created on the bottom edge of the iPad.

    • Slide the pick over the antenna, stopping just before the home button.

    • Only slide the pick towards the home button and not away from it, as you may damage the antenna.

    • If you need to slide the pick over this section again, remove and re-insert it at the bottom-left corner.

    • Leave the pick to the left of the home button before continuing.

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    • Insert an opening pick into the gap you just created.

    • Slide the pick underneath the home button and towards the bottom-right corner, making sure only the tip is between the digitizer and the frame.

    • Only insert the pick up to 1 mm to avoid damaging the right antenna.

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    • Re-insert the pick and slide it towards the home button to completely separate the bottom adhesive.

    • Only slide the pick towards the home button and not away from it, as you may damage the antenna.

    • If you need to slide the pick over this section again, remove and re-insert it at the bottom-right corner.

    • Leave the pick to the right of the home button before continuing.

  23. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the device for two minutes.

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    • Be very careful with this step. Take your time, ensure the adhesive is hot and soft, and make sure you separated all of the adhesive with a pick. Don't be afraid to stop and reheat.

    • Twist the two opening picks on the left corners of the iPad to lift the digitizer slightly, separating the the last of the adhesive in the process.

    • If there's a significant amount of resistance, reheat the edges and work along them with an opening pick.

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    • Lift the left edge of the digitizer upwards to further separate the adhesive along the right edge of the iPad.

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    • While supporting the digitizer, slide an opening pick between the two display cables to separate the last of the adhesive.

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    • Once all of the adhesive has been separated, open the digitizer like a book and rest it parallel to the iPad.

    • During reassembly, clean the remaining adhesive from the frame—and the digitizer if you're re-using it—with isopropyl alcohol. Replace the adhesive with our adhesive strips or pre-cut adhesive cards.

    • Be mindful of the display cables when reassembling the device. Make sure they are folded properly underneath the LCD screen to prevent any damage.

  28. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the LCD: step 28, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the LCD: step 28, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Magnetic Project Mat
    $19.95
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    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four 4.3 mm-long screws securing the LCD to the frame.

    • Remove any tape obscuring the LCD screws.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

  29. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Flip the LCD over: step 29, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Flip the LCD over: step 29, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Flip the LCD over: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Don't attempt to fully remove the LCD during this step, as it's still connected by several cables at the home button end.

    • Only lift the LCD from the front-facing camera end.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the LCD out of its recess just enough to grab it with your fingers.

    • Flip the iPad LCD like a page in a book, lifting near the camera and turning it over the home button end of the rear case.

    • Lay the LCD down onto a clean, soft, lint-free surface to allow access to the display cables.

  30. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the single 2.3 mm-long screw securing the battery connector to the logic board.

  31. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Battery connector information: step 31, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Battery connector information: step 31, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Battery connector information: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • These photos show what the battery connector looks like underneath the logic board. Use these photos as a reference while you safely disconnect the battery.

    • Notice that the battery connector has cantilever springs on the logic board that press against the battery contact pads. Since both the logic board and battery are glued down, you'll need to slide something thin and flexible between the contact points to disconnect the battery.

  32. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 32, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 32, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 32, image 3 of 3
    • Be careful when you isolate the battery using a battery blocker. The battery contacts are easily bent or broken, resulting in irreversible damage.

    • Ensure that the iFixit logo on the battery blocker is facing up.

    • Slide the battery blocker underneath the logic board's battery connector at a 35 degree angle.

    • Don't push the battery blocker underneath the connector with excessive force. If you're having trouble fitting the battery blocker underneath the logic board, you can try using a playing card to disconnect the battery instead.

    • The battery blocker or playing card ideally should slide under the logic board without encountering any blockages. After insertion, it should rest at about a 15 degree angle.

    • Leave the battery blocker in place as you work.

  33. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three 1.4 mm-long screws securing the display cable bracket.

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    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  35. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the LCD: step 35, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the LCD: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the LCD cable by lifting straight up on the press connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  36. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement: step 36, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the LCD completely and rest it face down on a clean, soft, lint-free surface.

  37. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the home button: step 37, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the home button: step 37, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel off the tape covering the home button cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger, an opening tool, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the home button cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the home button ribbon cable straight out of the ZIF connector.

  40. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 40, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 40, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 40, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the two digitizer cables by lifting straight up on the press connectors.

    • To avoid damaging your iPad, pry only on the connectors themselves, not on the socket on the logic board.

  41. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 41, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 41, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 41, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the vibration isolator below the SIM card reader.

    • Take care not to puncture or tear the home button ribbon cable.

    • Remove the vibration isolator.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel the home button cable away from the rear case.

    • The cable is secured with some light adhesive.

  43. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the front panel assembly: step 43, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the front panel assembly: step 43, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the front panel assembly: step 43, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Polyimide Tape
    $9.99
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    • Remove the front panel assembly.

    • Use an opening pick to cut away any residual adhesive that may still be connecting the front panel assembly to the frame.

    • If you experience "ghost" or "phantom" touch input issues with your new display, this can be resolved by adding a layer of very thin insulating tape, such as Kapton (polyimide) tape, to the highlighted areas on the back of the panel. iFixit replacement digitizers come with the proper insulation and should not require the addition of any tape.

    • Without the proper insulation, these areas of the digitizer can ground out against other components, causing touch input malfunction.

    • The insulation is not visible to the naked eye, and is different from the foam dust barrier strips found on many iPads.

    • During reassembly, before installing a display, remove any remaining adhesive from the iPad, and clean the glued areas with high concentration isopropyl alcohol (90% or greater) and a lint-free cloth. This helps prep the iPad for fresh adhesive and ensures that it will bond properly.

    • Test your iPad's functions and install pre-cut adhesive strips to the back of the display using our display adhesive application guide before sealing it up.

  44. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Eject the SIM card tray: step 44, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Eject the SIM card tray: step 44, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or straightened paper clip into the SIM card tray hole.

    • Press firmly to eject the SIM card tray.

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    • Remove the SIM card tray from the iPad.

  46. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the upper component bracket: step 46, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the upper component bracket: step 46, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully peel the LCD buffer tape up off of the upper component bracket.

  47. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement: step 47, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the five screws securing the upper component bracket.

    • Three 1.4 mm-long screws

    • Two 1.9 mm-long screws

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    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the upper component bracket until you can grip it with your fingers.

    • Remove the upper component bracket.

    • You may need to peel the upper component bracket off of some tape securing it to the logic board.

  49. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the front camera: step 49, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the front camera: step 49, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the front camera cable by lifting straight up on the press connector.

  50. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 50, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 50, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the front camera: step 50, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to lift the front camera out of its recess until you can grip it with your fingers.

    • Use the spudger to pull the adhesive foam pad away from the front camera.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the front camera and rotate it to thread the cable through its slot in the rear case.

    • Remove the front camera.

  52. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the headphone jack: step 52, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the headphone jack: step 52, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the headphone jack by lifting straight up on the press connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel the headphone jack up from the logic board and fold the cable out of the way.

  54. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the right cellular antenna screws: step 54, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the right cellular antenna screws: step 54, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three 1.4 mm-long screws securing the cellular antennas to the rear case.

  55. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the cellular antennas: step 55, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the cellular antennas: step 55, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the cellular antennas: step 55, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the right cellular antenna coaxial cable by prying up as close to the connector as possible.

    • Disconnect the left antenna cable.

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    • Peel the left cellular antenna coaxial cable away from the rear case.

    • Grip the antenna cable by the cable itself and not at its connector. Pulling coaxial cables by their connectors can break them.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect both cellular antennas by lifting straight up on their press connectors.

  58. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the rear camera: step 58, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the rear camera: step 58, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the rear camera by lifting straight up on the press connector.

  59. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the microphone assembly: step 59, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the microphone assembly: step 59, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the microphone assembly by lifting straight up on the press connector.

  60. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the button control cable: step 60, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the button control cable: step 60, image 2 of 2
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    • Use the tip of a spudger, an opening tool, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the button control cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the button control cable straight out of the ZIF connector.

  63. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Cover sensor: step 63, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Cover sensor: step 63, image 2 of 2
    • Peel off any tape covering the Smart Cover sensor cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger, an opening tool, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the Smart Cover sensor cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the Smart Cover sensor cable straight out of the ZIF connector.

  66. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the SIM card reader: step 66, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the SIM card reader: step 66, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger, an opening tool, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on the SIM card reader cable ZIF connector.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the SIM card reader cable straight out of the ZIF connector.

  68. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the antennas: step 68, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the antennas: step 68, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger under the right antenna cable and lift straight up to disconnect it.

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    • Peel up the right antenna cable.

    • Grip the antenna cable by the cable itself and not at its connector. Pulling coaxial cables by their connectors can break them.

  70. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the left antenna: step 70, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the left antenna: step 70, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger under the left antenna cable and lift straight up to disconnect it.

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    • Peel the left antenna cable away from the rear case, along the bottom edge of the iPad.

  72. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 72, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 72, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the vibration isolator: step 72, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the vibration isolator at the bottom left corner of the iPad.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the vibration isolator.

  73. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 73, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 73, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the speakers: step 73, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers, or your fingers, to peel up the tape covering the speaker connectors.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger, an opening tool, or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap on both the left and right speaker cable ZIF connectors.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully pull the left and right speaker cables straight out of their respective ZIF connectors.

  76. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Connector: step 76, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the Smart Connector: step 76, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the Smart Connector coaxial cable by prying up as close to the connector as possible.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the Smart Connector cable connector by lifting straight up.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel back the tape securing the Smart Connector cables to the rear case.

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    • Peel the Smart Connector cables away from the rear case.

  80. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Loosen the SIM card reader's adhesive: step 80, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom left corner of the rear case to soften the SIM card reader's adhesive for thirty seconds.

  81. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the SIM card reader: step 81, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the SIM card reader: step 81, image 2 of 2
    • Use an opening tool to pry up on the bottom edge of the SIM card reader with a slow and steady force.

    • If the SIM card reader feels extra stuck, apply more heat and try again.

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    • Remove the SIM card reader.

  83. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the charging port: step 83, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Disconnect the charging port: step 83, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four 2.2 mm-long screws securing the charging port to the rear case.

    • Two 2.2 mm-long screws

    • Two 3.2 mm-long screws

  84. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Loosen the adhesive: step 84, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Loosen the adhesive: step 84, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Loosen the adhesive: step 84, image 3 of 3
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom, top, and logic board side of the iPad for thirty seconds in each location.

  85. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the charging port cable's adhesive: step 85, image 1 of 2 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Separate the charging port cable's adhesive: step 85, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening pick under the charging port cable near the logic board and slide it toward the charging port to slice the adhesive.

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    • Insert an opening pick under the charging port cable near the charging port and slide it towards the logic board to cut the adhesive.

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    • Pull the charging port out of its slot in the rear case.

  88. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 88, image 1 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 88, image 2 of 3 iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 88, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick under the upper arm of the logic board and slide it toward the logic board to cut the adhesive securing it to the rear case.

    • Leave the opening pick inserted to keep the adhesive from re-adhering.

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    • Remove the battery blocker.

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    • Insert an opening tool near the bottom of the logic board and pry up with a slow and steady force to peel it away from the rear case.

    • Bending or warping the logic board could lead to permanent damage. If the adhesive feels extra stubborn, apply more heat and try again.

    • Slide an opening pick underneath the bottom edge of the logic board to slice some of the adhesive if your logic board won't budge.

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    • Insert an opening tool near the middle of the logic board and pry up with a slow and steady force to peel it away from the rear case.

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    • Insert an opening tool near the top of the logic board and pry up with a slow and steady force to peel it away from the rear case.

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    • Insert an opening tool near the middle of the logic board and pry up until you can grip it with your fingers.

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    • Use a halberd spudger or an opening pick to slice any remaining adhesive securing the logic board to the rear case.

  95. iPad 7 Logic Board Replacement: step 95, image 1 of 1
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    • Remove the logic board.

    • During reassembly, ensure that there are no ribbon cables stuck under the logic board before gluing it down.

    • During reassembly, apply strips of Tesa tape if the original adhesive is too mangled to be reused.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPad 7 Answers community for help.

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