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|iPad 3 4G||
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi||
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.
February 20, 2015
I bought the iPad 3 on the day it came out back in 2012. Despite never protecting it with a case or screen protector, the iPad had survived multiple drops and mishandling from my two young kids. As they enjoy educational and other games, it basically became their iPad. One day, it slipped off the couch and shattered the screen. The kids were devastated, but being an engineer and always fixing my own gear, I ordered a replacement screen and tooling through iFixit.
Quite challenging even for a seasoned technical person. The adhesive used on this glass is strong, I underestimated it. The sub-miniature connections are difficult to see and work with.
The glass was already shattered, so removing it as shown in the videos was tough. Pieces flying everywhere, luckily I had my safety glasses on (as they are also my reading glasses). Even with clear tape trying to contain the shattered glass, small bits still managed to fly off as I tried to pry it open. Once that was off, I removed the LCD and broken glass ribbon cables. OOPS, I popped the tiny little plastic clasp off of the LCD ribbon connector on the board - I put that to the side and proceeded to clean up the many bits of glass. Surely it can't be an important piece if it came off that easily (WRONG). Once I got everything cleaned up and back together, I tried to power it on (didn't lift the adhesive tape on the glass screen just yet) and no response. The LCD ribbon cable needed that tiny plastic clasp (glad I kept it) to make good contact, but it is impossible to see and work with unless you have magnifying glasses and tiny tweezers. Spent several hours trying to get this piece back on to no avail. Set it all aside thinking it was now iTrash. A few days went by and after talking to an electrical engineer friend, he provided me with nice strong tiny tweezers and magnifying glasses to attempt another go at fixing the connector. It took a while, but I managed to get this piece back on and the LCD lit up like nothing was ever wrong. Carefully cleaned the LCD, remounted it and then reinstalled the glass. It now looks and operates as if it were brand new. It is also now well protected in a nice waterproof and shockproof case.
Be careful when lifting the glass. Recommend safety glasses to protect your eyes from small bits of glass that may pop away from a shattered screen as you try to pry it away.
Be very cautious with the tiny little plastic clasp on the ribbon cable connectors. I am very lucky that I didn't lose this piece and even luckier to have been able to reinstall it. The video didn't explain in detail how to properly lift the clasp and pull the cable, at least the video I viewed. It could have saved me a lot of time and frustration.
I am happy that I was able to repair this iPad and that iFixit provided excellent replacement parts and overall good instructions.
January 10, 2015
My son was having one of those months in which all kind of things were going wrong. To complicate things more he accidentally dropped his iPad and broke the front display. He was devastated and the damage seems serious. I needed to fix it to give him some relief.
I started looking at ways to repair it and stumble into great video in YouTube. The idea was presented so clear that I felt compelled to roll my sleeves and fix it for my kid. The video was done by iFixtIt, so I order the kit to open the iPad. To my surprise it came through the mail so fast.
I went slowly, as it was my first time dealing with a broken iPad, but all was happening nice and easy. The glass was so broken, but with the video advice to put tape on it, I was able to handle well. Once I opened I assessed the situation, and order the parts I needed.
Again, the parts came through the mail very fast, and I was able to start replacing the broken pieces. I admit that had trouble installing the Bezel, as the instructions how to put the glue on was not clear. It took me a bit to figure it out. Aside from that, all was straight forward, thanks to the video and guides at the iFixit.com website.
It was an experience that went from really bad to great. and I found valuable the people behind iFixIt.com. They had put a greater solution for Apple devices users. The broken iPad looks like new, and I am very pleased to have fixed with iFixit.com solutions and services.
January 1, 2015
The rest of the unit was in good shape and as this was a 64GB Retina a repair seemed like a good idea. I have years of experience and felt I could handle the repair so I could give the repaired unit to my niece.
The iFixit heater pad and guitar picks worked great to clean up the glass. Had a rough time getting the small FPC style connectors seated. Finally got everything working and then ripped the FPC flat cable at the new touch screen (lower part) destroying the replacement part. My fault totally, just wasn't clear how delicate the cables are. Trying to decide to spend another $80 on another part.
This is not an easy repair (as iFixit states). Seating the FPC cables (there are two of them) is challenging. The key thing is they REALLY have to be pushed in for everything to work properly. There is a white line on the cable and this has to be flush with the connector. There is NO leeway.
December 14, 2014
TouchScreen totaled starting in one corner. Ipad still working- search for repair solution and choose ifixit repair kit.
the repair was easier than anticipated. The more difficult was to remove all the small glass part which were glue to the aluminium frame. If the glass wasn't broken, it will be much easier to change...:-)
Cleaning the lcd and being sure than nothing stay unclean before closing need a little bit of patience. Once the screnn put back, switch on and the ipad is as new...
The plastic bezel brok in one corner. I have to prepare also the aluminimu frame in the corner which was deformed by the fall.
Don't hesitate to try this repair and follow the instructions...
November 27, 2014
iPad 3 Wifi hit the floor landing with the bottom right hand corner - totally cracked glass, still worked. Seemed pointless to have it repaired or scrapped as long at there are better options like iFixit repair kits. Saw a TV-documentary from Britain "The men who made us spend" @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021z4w3 Here iFixit was mentioned and the philosophy behind the company was in line with my own view.
Ordered the front panel, bezel and antenna, was amazed to see it arrive in just two days!! Spent some time looking through some videos and how-to´s - paying attention to the pitfalls.
Started the work spent 3-4 hours picking up glass pieces from the frame and cleaning the edge for the replacement parts. The enclosed tool kit worked fine, I used two butter knives to pry out the pieces and remove all the sharp bits. Didn't have the possibility to heat up the bag for loosening the glue, so I spent some more time with the butter knives.
Used some nail polish remover on a soft cloth to remove the old glue residue, also had a vacuum cleaner available to remove the small glass pieces.
A bit fiddly to glue on the tiny strips of double sided tape strips, but managed to attach them to the frame in correct order. Placing the bezel and assembly went fine.
Should perhaps have had a magnifying glass and better work light, but in the end I got there, super happy with the result! @iFixit: Thank you for super service! @everybody: keep fixing things that are fixable, it just takes some of your time and patience - you can do it!
November 16, 2014
A client of mine dropped her iPad 3 from a counter top, shattering the screen and denting one of the corners.
It was pretty straight forward but be careful as not all microwave temperature settings are calibrated are the same.
Read the instructions for the temperature settings for your microwave so you don't burn the rice in the iOpener.