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Introduction

This is a prerequisite-only guide! This guide is part of another procedure and is not meant to be used alone.

Follow this guide to detach the left antenna cable from the frame on an iPad Pro 9.7".

  1. If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass. Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPad's display until the whole face is covered. This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.
    • If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

    • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPad's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

    • Do your best to follow the rest of the guide as described. However, once the glass is broken, it will likely continue to crack as you work, and you may need to use a metal prying tool to scoop the glass out.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes, and be careful not to damage the LCD screen.

  2. The following steps involve using an iOpener to soften the adhesive holding the front panel assembly in place. When using the iOpener, be sure to heat it in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds.
    • The following steps involve using an iOpener to soften the adhesive holding the front panel assembly in place. When using the iOpener, be sure to heat it in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds.

    • Handling it by the tabs on either end, place a heated iOpener over the top edge of the iPad.

    • Let the iOpener sit on the iPad for two minutes to soften the adhesive securing the front panel to the rest of the iPad.

  3. While the iPad looks uniform from the outside, there are delicate components under certain portions of the front glass. To avoid damage, only heat and pry in the areas described in each step. As you follow the directions, take special care to avoid prying in the following areas: Home Button
    • While the iPad looks uniform from the outside, there are delicate components under certain portions of the front glass. To avoid damage, only heat and pry in the areas described in each step.

    • As you follow the directions, take special care to avoid prying in the following areas:

    • Home Button

    • Front Facing Camera

    • Main Camera

  4. Place a suction cup over the iPad's front-facing camera and press down to create a seal. To get the most leverage, place the suction cup as close to the edge as possible without going past the edge of the display.
    • Place a suction cup over the iPad's front-facing camera and press down to create a seal.

    • To get the most leverage, place the suction cup as close to the edge as possible without going past the edge of the display.

  5. Firmly pull up on the suction cup to create a small gap between the front panel and the rear case. Do not pull too hard or you may shatter the glass. Once you've opened a sufficient gap, insert an opening pick into the gap to prevent the adhesive from resealing.
    • Firmly pull up on the suction cup to create a small gap between the front panel and the rear case.

    • Do not pull too hard or you may shatter the glass.

    • Once you've opened a sufficient gap, insert an opening pick into the gap to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  6. Slide the pick along the edge of the display, towards the headphone jack. If there is still a considerable amount of resistance when sliding the opening pick, repeat the iOpener heating procedure and apply additional heat. Don't insert the pick past the bezel into the display area, or you will damage it.
    • Slide the pick along the edge of the display, towards the headphone jack.

    • If there is still a considerable amount of resistance when sliding the opening pick, repeat the iOpener heating procedure and apply additional heat.

    • Don't insert the pick past the bezel into the display area, or you will damage it.

    • A good rule of thumb is to never insert the opening pick more than a quarter inch into the iPad.

  7. Insert a second opening pick by the front-facing camera. Insert a second opening pick by the front-facing camera.
    • Insert a second opening pick by the front-facing camera.

  8. Slide the second pick along the top edge of the iPad, towards the Sleep/Wake Button. Slide the second pick along the top edge of the iPad, towards the Sleep/Wake Button. Slide the second pick along the top edge of the iPad, towards the Sleep/Wake Button.
    • Slide the second pick along the top edge of the iPad, towards the Sleep/Wake Button.

  9. Insert a third pick by the front-facing camera. Insert a third pick by the front-facing camera.
    • Insert a third pick by the front-facing camera.

  10. Bring the right opening pick down and around the top right corner of the iPad. Bring the right opening pick down and around the top right corner of the iPad. Bring the right opening pick down and around the top right corner of the iPad.
    • Bring the right opening pick down and around the top right corner of the iPad.

  11. Bring the left opening pick around the top left corner of the tablet. Bring the left opening pick around the top left corner of the tablet. Bring the left opening pick around the top left corner of the tablet.
    • Bring the left opening pick around the top left corner of the tablet.

  12. Reheat the iOpener and lay it over the right edge of the display to loosen the adhesive underneath.
    • Reheat the iOpener and lay it over the right edge of the display to loosen the adhesive underneath.

  13. Slide the right opening pick roughly halfway down the display. Slide the right opening pick roughly halfway down the display. Slide the right opening pick roughly halfway down the display.
    • Slide the right opening pick roughly halfway down the display.

  14. Reheat the iOpener and apply heat to the left side of the iPad.
    • Reheat the iOpener and apply heat to the left side of the iPad.

  15. Slide the left-hand opening pick about halfway down the edge of the display. Slide the left-hand opening pick about halfway down the edge of the display. Slide the left-hand opening pick about halfway down the edge of the display.
    • Slide the left-hand opening pick about halfway down the edge of the display.

  16. Slide the opposite opening pick down to the bottom right corner of the iPad. If necessary, reheat the adhesive on the right edge to loosen the display assembly. If necessary, reheat the adhesive on the right edge to loosen the display assembly.
    • Slide the opposite opening pick down to the bottom right corner of the iPad.

    • If necessary, reheat the adhesive on the right edge to loosen the display assembly.

  17. Slide the left-hand opening pick down the edge of the display until you reach the corner. Slide the left-hand opening pick down the edge of the display until you reach the corner. Slide the left-hand opening pick down the edge of the display until you reach the corner.
    • Slide the left-hand opening pick down the edge of the display until you reach the corner.

  18. Use the iOpener to apply heat to the bottom edge of the iPad.
    • Use the iOpener to apply heat to the bottom edge of the iPad.

  19. Bring the right-hand opening pick around the bottom corner of the iPad. Bring the right-hand opening pick around the bottom corner of the iPad. Bring the right-hand opening pick around the bottom corner of the iPad.
    • Bring the right-hand opening pick around the bottom corner of the iPad.

  20. Repeat for the left-hand pick. Reheat and reapply the iOpener as needed. Reheat and reapply the iOpener as needed.
    • Repeat for the left-hand pick.

    • Reheat and reapply the iOpener as needed.

  21. Remove the right-hand opening pick at the bottom of the iPad. Remove the right-hand opening pick at the bottom of the iPad.
    • Remove the right-hand opening pick at the bottom of the iPad.

  22. Slide the left-hand opening pick along the bottom edge of the display, then remove it from the bottom right corner of the iPad. Be very careful to not insert the pick more than a quarter inch into the display to avoid damaging the Home Button and display cables underneath. Be very careful to not insert the pick more than a quarter inch into the display to avoid damaging the Home Button and display cables underneath.
    • Slide the left-hand opening pick along the bottom edge of the display, then remove it from the bottom right corner of the iPad.

    • Be very careful to not insert the pick more than a quarter inch into the display to avoid damaging the Home Button and display cables underneath.

  23. Use picks to ensure most of the adhesive has been cut through on the top, left, and bottom sides. Twist the top and bottom picks to separate the display assembly from the rear case. Do not attempt to remove the display—it is still attached to the rear case.
    • Use picks to ensure most of the adhesive has been cut through on the top, left, and bottom sides.

    • Twist the top and bottom picks to separate the display assembly from the rear case.

    • Do not attempt to remove the display—it is still attached to the rear case.

  24. Swing the display assembly towards the right of the case, using the right edge as a hinge. As you move the display assembly, make sure that the display ribbon cable is not being stressed. Continue swinging the display assembly until it lays flat next to the rear case.
    • Swing the display assembly towards the right of the case, using the right edge as a hinge.

    • As you move the display assembly, make sure that the display ribbon cable is not being stressed.

    • Continue swinging the display assembly until it lays flat next to the rear case.

  25. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the eleven 1.3 mm screws securing the EMI shield.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the eleven 1.3 mm screws securing the EMI shield.

  26. Apply a heated iOpener to the EMI shield on the logic board for one minute.
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the EMI shield on the logic board for one minute.

  27. Lift the logic board EMI shield, starting at the edge nearest the top of the iPad. Slowly peel the EMI shield up from the logic board. This takes a bit of force due to the many tiny clips securing the shield, and the shield may deform slightly. That's okay—try to keep the deformation to a minimum, and it will lay flat when reinstalled and screwed down.
    • Lift the logic board EMI shield, starting at the edge nearest the top of the iPad.

    • Slowly peel the EMI shield up from the logic board.

    • This takes a bit of force due to the many tiny clips securing the shield, and the shield may deform slightly. That's okay—try to keep the deformation to a minimum, and it will lay flat when reinstalled and screwed down.

    • Remove the logic board EMI shield.

  28. Use a Phillips driver to remove the 1.7 mm-long screw securing the battery connector.
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the 1.7 mm-long screw securing the battery connector.

  29. If the EMI shield has any sharp protrusions after removal, you should flatten them before reinstalling the shield. Squeeze the sharp protrusion with a pair of pliers to flatten it. Repeat the process for all sharp protrusions along the edges of the EMI shield.
    • If the EMI shield has any sharp protrusions after removal, you should flatten them before reinstalling the shield.

    • Squeeze the sharp protrusion with a pair of pliers to flatten it.

    • Repeat the process for all sharp protrusions along the edges of the EMI shield.

  30. 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. 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.
    • 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.

  31. 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 left side of the logic board's battery connector at a 35 degree angle.
    • 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 left side of the logic board's battery connector at a 35 degree angle.

    • The battery blocker's right prong should slide between the left side of the logic board's battery connector and the battery's contact pads. The left prong should slide under the logic board.

    • Don't push the battery blocker underneath the connector or logic board with excessive force. If you're having trouble fitting the battery blocker underneath the logic board, refer to the next step for information on loosening the logic board. You can also try using a playing card to disconnect the battery instead.

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

    • Leave the battery blocker in place as you work.

  32. If the battery blocker doesn't easily slide under the logic board, follow these steps to partially loosen the logic board from the frame: Apply a few drops of high-concentration (90% or higher) isopropyl alcohol under the logic board to the left and right of the battery connection.
    • If the battery blocker doesn't easily slide under the logic board, follow these steps to partially loosen the logic board from the frame:

    • Apply a few drops of high-concentration (90% or higher) isopropyl alcohol under the logic board to the left and right of the battery connection.

    • Wait one minute for the isopropyl alcohol to weaken the adhesive under the logic board.

    • Try to insert the battery blocker. If the logic board doesn't easily lift up, apply a few more drops of isopropyl alcohol.

    • This doesn't apply when using the playing card method to disconnect the battery because the playing card is only inserted between the battery connector and the battery contact pads.

  33. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the display cable bracket.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the display cable bracket.

  34. Remove the display cable bracket. Remove the display cable bracket.
    • Remove the display cable bracket.

  35. Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the display assembly connector from the motherboard socket. Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the display assembly connector from the motherboard socket.
    • Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the display assembly connector from the motherboard socket.

  36. Repeat the previous step for the two remaining connectors. Repeat the previous step for the two remaining connectors.
    • Repeat the previous step for the two remaining connectors.

  37. Remove the display assembly from the frame. If you are reusing the original display assembly, follow this display adhesive application guide to apply replacement display adhesive during reassembly.
  38. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the right antenna's coaxial connector from its socket. To reinstall, hold the connector in place and gently press straight down. The connector will “snap” into its socket.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the right antenna's coaxial connector from its socket.

    • To reinstall, hold the connector in place and gently press straight down. The connector will “snap” into its socket.

  39. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left antenna's coaxial connector from its socket. To reinstall, hold the connector in place and gently press straight down. The connector will “snap” into its socket.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left antenna's coaxial connector from its socket.

    • To reinstall, hold the connector in place and gently press straight down. The connector will “snap” into its socket.

  40. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the bundled left and right antenna cables away from the frame. Be careful not to puncture the battery with the spudger.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the bundled left and right antenna cables away from the frame.

    • Be careful not to puncture the battery with the spudger.

    • The sticker bundling the antenna cables together is lightly adhered to the frame.

  41. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the adhesive that was securing the bundled antenna cables to the frame.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the adhesive that was securing the bundled antenna cables to the frame.

    • Take care not to damage the antenna cables with the sharp tips on the tweezers.

    • During reassembly, apply pre-cut adhesive to the bundled antenna cables to secure them to the frame.

  42. Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the sticker bundling the left and right antenna cables together. Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the sticker bundling the left and right antenna cables together.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the sticker bundling the left and right antenna cables together.

  43. Peel the right antenna cable off of the sticker. Peel the right antenna cable off of the sticker.
    • Peel the right antenna cable off of the sticker.

  44. Use a pair of tweezers to lift up the small sticker next to the lower right speaker securing the left antenna cable to the frame. Use a pair of tweezers to lift up the small sticker next to the lower right speaker securing the left antenna cable to the frame.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift up the small sticker next to the lower right speaker securing the left antenna cable to the frame.

  45. Use a pair of tweezers to detach the large left antenna cable sticker near the lower right speaker. Use a pair of tweezers to detach the large left antenna cable sticker near the lower right speaker.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to detach the large left antenna cable sticker near the lower right speaker.

  46. Use a pair of tweezers to lift the left antenna and its third sticker away from the Lightning port area of the frame. Use a pair of tweezers to lift the left antenna and its third sticker away from the Lightning port area of the frame.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the left antenna and its third sticker away from the Lightning port area of the frame.

  47. Use the pointed end of a spudger to detach the foam spacer adhered to the fourth left antenna cable sticker. Use the pointed end of a spudger to detach the foam spacer adhered to the fourth left antenna cable sticker. Use the pointed end of a spudger to detach the foam spacer adhered to the fourth left antenna cable sticker.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to detach the foam spacer adhered to the fourth left antenna cable sticker.

  48. Remove the foam spacer from the fourth left antenna cable sticker.
    • Remove the foam spacer from the fourth left antenna cable sticker.

  49. Use a pair of tweezers to lift up the fourth left antenna cable sticker. Use a pair of tweezers to lift up the fourth left antenna cable sticker. Use a pair of tweezers to lift up the fourth left antenna cable sticker.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift up the fourth left antenna cable sticker.

Conclusion

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

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