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|iPad 3 4G||
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi||
August 4, 2015
1/3rd the price of visiting the Apple store.
Your online videos show how to fix a 'perfect' screen that has no cracks at all. In reality, it's MUCH more difficult than what is demonstrated in your guides. My iPad was shattered into a million tiny shards. Those little guitar picks were helpful, but not strong enough to pry up the tiny little silvers of glass around the edges. I ended up using a small flat bladed screwdriver around the edge and a utility knife to scrape the edges free of all the glue and glass. I did use the iOpener magic tube of heat application to soften the glue which helped.
I did manage to get all of the glass and glue removed, then followed the procedure for removing the cables, cleaning the LCD, and then reassembling the replacement screen.
It works great now! Much better than looking through thousands of cracks in the screen.
Yes, wear eye protection!! When you're bent over trying to pry off shattered, slivered glass, it will pop/fly up and get in your eyes. Protect them!!
August 3, 2015
The front panel digitizer on my 3rd Gen iPad was completely shattered by my 7 year-old. Thought it was done for.
The repair guide was very through and easy to follow. The repair was really difficult, but only because of the shards of glass everywhere. Once that was handled, everything went smooth as silk.
Don't let your kids use your iPad! Oh, and let iFixit give you a hand!
July 28, 2015
I took my Otter Box cover off to take a picture of to send back because it had cracked. Started taking notes without the otter box on with my external keyboard, and my pad flew off the keyboard and did a flat faced, face plant on the concrete and shattered my screen. I was not a happy camper
Not so well at first. The iopener instructions say to microwave for 30sec it wasn't loosening up the glue, so I waited as per the instructions and heated again and the opner leaked out from the left corner into my microwave. I wish I had the one that they use in the video or a heat gun. Now with no heat I had to improvise and use a hair dryer which took forever. But finally got the glass off cleaned it up and replaced the glass and did a control check and everything worked.
Take your time and you will a lot of patience. Also make sure to get the Isesamo opening especially if your glass has cracks the run to the edge. The plastic tools that I got did not lift the glass. Be sure to order a new Bezel. I learn the hard way, because I have to order a new front panel digitizer it did not hold and it popped up and shifted on me. Still works but it is not seated properly.
July 20, 2015
A shattered iPad 3 front panel
Removing the front panel and all the broken bits was the worst part. It took about half of my weekend to get the frame all cleaned up. The iOpener worked very well for loosening the glass adhesive. Once the frame was cleaned up I had no difficulty installing the new front panel.
With the front panel assembly kit and the online instructions ,and if you take your time , anyone handy with tools should be able to do the repair
In addition to the tools that come with the front panel assembly, iFixit should put in a pair of white cotton gloves so there is little chance of getting fingerprints on the lcd screen or the new front panels
July 14, 2015
My brother gave me his shattered iPad 3 screen for free...lucky me.
I have repaired various iDevices for fun and I would have to say...this one is the most straight forward. It took less time to repair than an iPhone. The process took me a little longer since most of the original class was shattered into tiny shards of glass. It took me about 45min to an hour. I had to meticulously scrape off the double sided tape and bits of glass, bend the aluminum back corners and remove the display bevel and tape. I prefer using a heat gun on a low setting to separate/ remove the tape holding the screen in place. It was more effective than a hair dryer or the iopener.
If your glass is super shattered...and not just cracked, I applied packing tape across the whole display before starting. This allowed me to work the display as one piece as much as possible. Make sure you wear latex or latex free gloves so you don't transfer any oils onto the back side of the new screen or the lcd. I made the mistake of scratching my forehead with my gloved hand...and left a little smudge on the underside of the screen....so try and refrain from touching your face. In addition, keep a can of air near by. Make sure you don't get little pieces of glass under your iPad while you are working. Last thing you want to make scratches into the back of your iPad.
July 9, 2015
I've had my iPad 3 since 2009 and it was in near mint condition. I take meticulous care of my electronics, but it only takes that one mistake to ruin years of effort. I had a protective case, but managed to drop it at just the right angle, velocity, and distance. The screen shattered in the top right corner of the iPad.
I petitioned for a new iPad Air 2 (since my iPad was considered "outdated") but that didn't fly with the wife. I decided to take a desperate measure to get my iPad back and attempt to repair the shattered screen.
Overall, the FIRST attempt at repair was decent. The shattered glass was a bear to remove due to glass flying everywhere and remnants of the shattered glass remaining glued to the metal frame.
Once the front panel and digitizer were removed in its entirety, I proceeded to install the replacement. Once in place...the iPad had the wonderful side-effect of "ghost" gestures. Apparently, due to the new screen not sitting flat (because of a small dent in the metal at the top of the iPad where the glass shattered), the digitizer began to freak out and register ghost gestures. It was like my iPad had a mind of its own.
To make matters worse, I neglected to remove the old remnants of glue from the original front panel, which caused the new adhesive strips to poorly bond to the metal frame. This caused the front panel to be raised in multiple corners after a few days.
All-in-all, this initial repair attempt spanned 2 days and took approximately 4 hours to complete. The most time consuming portion was removing all the glass fragments from the iPad.
Frustrated and defeated, I decided to give it one more go. I ordered the replacement adhesive strips from iFixit and began round 2 of repair. This time, I took special care to remove all the remnant glue--on both the metal frame and the front panel. I used nail polish remover and some q-tips and started to remove the glue along the metal frame. Because I took extra special care and time, the glue came off and left a nice clean surface, ready to be adhered to. I applied the new adhesive strips, reinstalled the front panel and LCD and removed the small dent in the top of the iPad to facilitate the screen sitting flat. I carefully laid the glass down and made sure that it adhered everywhere. I applied pressure to the iPad screen overnight via some books and waited till morning.
I am proud to say that after repair round 2, the iPad is back to normal functionality and I couldn't be happier. No "ghost" gestures, no raised corners and a beautiful new screen. Thanks to iFixit, I was able to restore my iPad to working condition for no more than $60 and a few hours of my time. Much better than the alternatives of a) buy a new iPad, or b) live without an iPad (yeah right).
TAKE YOUR TIME. Don't rush it. There are many things that can go wrong with this repair process. If you foolheartedly rush the process, you'll inevitably do something stupid like sever the digitizer cable or ruin the WIFI antenna, which will just add to your pain and cost of repair.
If I could narrow down to 3 specifics, it would be:
1. Take care to remove all the old adhesive. Nail polish remover works great, or rubbing alcohol. Make sure the metallic parts that the screen adheres to are clean and ready to receive it.
2. Wear glasses when removing the shattered screen. You don't want to "shoot your eye out" with an iPad. That would be quite the story to tell at a Halloween party when people mistake you for dressing up as a pirate.
3. Be careful with the digitizer cable. You have to get it to set/fold just right or it will begin to register those "ghost" gestures I talked about. Nothing was more frustrating than trying to use my iPad and it deciding to go on a schizophrenic rampage. Make sure to observe how the digitizer cable is positioned and placed on your old screen before you remove it.
Good luck with your repair endeavours.
June 26, 2015
The iPad had been dropped and the screen was cracked to pieces.
The repair was made simple and quick with the toolset and the instructional videos!
My advise would be to use fixit for every repair!
June 25, 2015
I'm hard on everything I buy, this iPad was no exception, I find the limits to everything. I have lost count as to how many times I've dropped, slipped, skidded, bounced, slammed or kicked this thing. Since the case is no longer square or flat anymore from the abuse it makes it difficult to get new digitizes to stick and then they delaminate causing ghost typing and dead zones. I think this is the 4th time I've repaired it.
The repair was way easy having ordered your kit of doodads and trinkets. For everybody out there who doesnt want to pay the $50. Just buy the kit and quit being a cheap skate you'll save yourself a lot of head ache and time in the end. If your screen is shattered get some good tape and tape the whole screen up. The cracks will grow substantially as you put pressure on the digitizer. And make sure you tuck the cable properly into the cavity under the mounting surface. And don't break the the small clips that hold your ribbons in place.
There are 2 things I recommend doing if your a hard user like me and have a tweeked case.
1. Upgrade the adhesive: http://bowlertech-adhesives.com these guys have the best stuff there is way stickier with a higher heat release temp than most so if you leave it in the sun or in a hot car you won't have to fix it again.
2. If inspite of the upgraded adhesive your still having trouble keeping your screen down, like me, you can use a vynil wrap. It will cover the scuffs on the back as well as act like an adhesive vise that will keep your screen in place. For mine I over cut the vynil on purpose to over lap the edges of the glass roughly a 1/4" and then applied a light duty heat gun to shrink the wrap after sticking it on. I'd include pictures of the final product but they won't drag to the box after they upload
June 3, 2015
My 9 yr. old dropped our hand-me-down iPad 3 once about a year ago, and it made a minor dent. But she dropped it again just recently (Butterfingers!) and that did it, shattering the glass almost completely. I was considering an outright refurb'd unit from Apple but I wasn't in any mood to pay $300 for it, being out of warranty and long since expired AppleCare, so I decided to take a stab at fixing it myself.
Pretty straightforward repair. Interestingly enough, this iPad was already cracked right around the edges where you would normally use the iFixit tools to pry open the case, so it actually made removal of the front panel simpler than it normally would have been. The longest and most tedious part of it was removing the glass right around the edges of the iPad itself. And even though I tried to be as careful as I could, sure enough I wrecked the wifi antenna around the home button (Everyone says it's gonna happen, and believe me, they're not joking, so plan on it happening and order the part). Beyond that, the most difficult part was lining up the new glass panel over the iPad frame. At first it looked like it wouldn't fit, but with some very judicious manipulating, it eventually went into place. (Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to snap a photo of the completed project, but once I placed it into an Otterbox Defender case, it looked as good as new, and to boot, it worked, too!)
Pretty much what everyone else has been writing all along on these pages, but I'll add in my $0.02:
1. Paitence! Don't rush it. Just take your time and eventually you will get it open.
2. I would not attempt repair on a mission-critical iPad, for example, an iPad that your employer paid for. In my case, I didn't really mind if I did end up trashing this one because all it pretty much gets used for is playing Minecraft and watching videos.
3. It's been stated of plenty times here, but it cannot be overemphasized: WEAR PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR! and DEFINITELY cover the broken digitizer with clear packing tape. You most likely will be working with tiny glass shards that are going to fly everywhere.
I've disassembled a lot of electronics over the years, and this still was quite a challenge for me. I don't want to even think about the newer iPads or the iPad Mini. It's not something I would particularly look forward to doing again anytime soon, but if you're up to the challenge, good luck!
March 13, 2015
Screen of a relatives iPad was completely shattered and they offered to pay if I replaced it. I did.
It was hard. The iFixit microwave gel thing never got hot enough to soften the adhesive, so I switched to a heat gun. Besides that, everything went smooth.
The gel pack was nearly useless.