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Unveiled at Apple’s recent education-focused event, we expect the new iPad is less of a “hot new sequel” and more like a “revised edition paperback with improved illustrations." While this iPad's specs reveal two major updates—an upgraded processor, and Pencil support—has Apple quietly changed anything else? Let’s find out with a teardown!

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPad 6, use our service manual.

  1. Alright class, let's give a warm welcome the new student: iPad 6! <applause> Share with us a little bit about yourself:
    • Alright class, let's give a warm welcome the new student: iPad 6! <applause> Share with us a little bit about yourself:

      • Apple A10 fusion processor with embedded M10 motion coprocessor

      • 9.7-inch multi-touch Retina display with 2048 × 1536 resolution (264 ppi) and non-laminated display assembly

      • 32 GB or 128 GB of storage

      • 8-megapixel 1080p rear-facing iSight camera + 1.2-megapixel 720p front-facing FaceTime HD camera

      • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual band MIMO Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2

      • Touch ID fingerprint sensor + 3-axis gyro + accelerometer + barometer + ambient light sensor

      • Apple Pencil support

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  2. In the education space, Apple has some stiff competition in the form of low-cost, Google-powered laptops. How does this iPad, er, stack up against a Chromebook from HP or  Asus?
    • In the education space, Apple has some stiff competition in the form of low-cost, Google-powered laptops. How does this iPad, er, stack up against a Chromebook from HP or Asus?

    • Given that schoolkids can be a bit rough on their electronics, here's an iFixit take on it:

      • iPad's glued-glass display is more vulnerable to drops. Thankfully, this is the one iPad that retains an air-gapped digitizer panel—not as visually impressive as other recent iPads, but it's much cheaper to replace cracked glass that isn't LOCA-bonded to the display panel underneath.

      • Separate accessories like the keyboard and Pencil add to the cost and are easier to lose—but are also easier to replace if damaged. (Note the missing key on our HP's keyboard.)

    • New iPad, new model number! This year's is A1893.

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    • Once again, our friends at Creative Electron flex their mastery over the X-rays to let us peek through the iPad—literally.

    • As expected, only minor differences are seen compared to the previous version.

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    • We've been around this block a few times, so we're just going to let ourselves in: iOpener brings the heat; suction and opening tool bring the prying leverage, and voila!

    • Like magic, the digitizer panel lifts separately from the display—a good sign for repair.

      • This is what we meant about non-fused display and digitizer glass being better in the event that either should break. Important for a rambunctious classroom!

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    • We're big on value, so this teardown has a sweet two-for-one: a peek into the new iPad, and an exclusive look at iFixit things to come!

    • After freeing some Phillips screws, we can lift the LCD panel and disconnect it from the logic board.

    • Safety first! Before we go any further we slide a battery blocker between the battery and the logic board to keep stray electrons from interfering with our teardown.

    As with the battery compatibility, is the LCD panel interchangeable with the iPad 5th gen?

    Scott - Reply

    No the LCD is not interchangeable with the iPad 5th gen.

    Sammy Zhang -

    • With the display out of the way, we can safely disconnect the digitizer.

    • The digitizer has the same two cables as before, but they look a little different than last year.

      • Could they have changed slightly for Pencil compatibility?

    • Look what we found hiding under a shield! The same NXP 8461A1 Touch ID chip that we saw in the last model.

    • Our wallpaper images for iDevices have been exceedingly popular—there's no denying Apple makes some gorgeous internals. If you wanted some wallpaper to educate you about your iPad's components, we've got you covered!

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    • Strong adhesive binds the logic board to the case, so we meet it with some liquid fists!

    • Pow! The offending adhesive quickly gives way, and the board comes out in one piece.

    • ... And an unfortunate part of that piece is the Lightning connector, a high-use part that will very likely break before the rest of the logic board. You'll need some pretty serious microsoldering chops to pull off a simple port replacement here.

    This is disappointing. I have seen too many iPad Airs with borked charging circuits, with behaviors like battery won’t charge but unit boots or will only boot when powered by a 2.1A block, but won’t sync. Apple has to be aware of this, and it is often attributed to a bad charging controller IC. Considering that many schools are giving iPads to kids to take home, and that parents may be less than judicious about sourcing “good” iPad chargers (Five Below, anyone?) and policing good cable management, this is lamentable on Apple’s part.

    Scott - Reply

    • We've been hard pressed to find major updates so far, but maybe Apple snuck something fun onto the logic board:

    DDR4?! That’s a upgrade right?

    Padraic Hoselton - Reply

    Don’t think so, A9 had DDR4 as well.

    MrUNIMOG -

    Is Micron memory LPDDR4x?

    JJ Wu - Reply

    • And here is part two of the open-book open-notes chip ID test:

      • Toshiba TSB3236LX3536TWNB1 32 GB flash memory

      • USI 339S00448 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module

      • NXP 80V18 PN80V NFC controller

      • Cirrus Logic CS42L83A low power audio codec

    • Are there extra credit chips hiding on the backside? Nope. We checked.

    Is the NXP 80V18 PN80V really an NFC controller: iPad doesn’t do NFC. Could it be a gyroscope or something?

    Dominic Dunlop - Reply

    We are pretty certain it is a NFC chip and probably facilitates the Apple Pay system. Check this article for more information.

    Arthur Shi -

    I guess some chips are hide under the metal shield. If you can remove the metal shielding completely, you should be able to discover more. There are GNSS, Gyro, Accel, Barometer chips not listed.

    JJ Wu - Reply

    you have scematic ipad 6 this ?

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    • We're pleased to see that Apple continues to use the battery from the iPad 5 here—model number A1484 with a 32.9 Wh capacity.

      • Not only does this make more of the same battery available, but reusing existing manufacturing lines usually means less waste!

    • We're not as pleased that they also brought over the same repair-impeding adhesive from the iPad 5.

      • Apple gave us a hopeful glimpse of easy iPad battery removal once before, but we haven't seen anything like it since.

    • The good news is that you can already get a replacement battery—and if you're a large organization servicing a lot of iPads, you only need to stock one part covering several models. (That is, if you can ever get the original batteries out in the first place.)

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  5. Final Thoughts
    • The LCD is easy to remove once you separate the cover glass/digitizer.
    • Air-gapped, separately replaceable cover glass and LCD makes many drop damage repairs far less expensive.
    • As in all iPads, a solid barrier of very strong adhesive bars the way to any repairs, and makes rework a sticky proposition.
    • More adhesive holds nearly everything else in place. Battery replacement is particularly challenging.
    • The LCD has foam sticky tape adhering it to the front panel, increasing risk of damage during disassembly.
    Repairability Score
    Repairability 2 out of 10
    (10 is easiest to repair)


Great tear down glad to see separate digitizer!

Anthony Fernandez - Reply

Same! I support several school districts, and the cost of Air 2 screens have made them unfixable at the current price point.

Russell Beutler -

Hi, which toolkit is represented in step 5?

Piero Sabino - Reply

Looks like a new 112 bit tool kit with two handles! Don’t see it listed in the store yet ;-}

Dan -

I need that kit now!!!!!!!!!

Zach Eslick -

Safe to assume that the Air/5th Digitizer are not compatible given the new connectors and Apple Pencil support.

Tom - Reply

The battery is the same, but will an Air 1/iPad 5 digitizer work? Will it still support pencil?

try it iFixit!?

Derrin Jones - Reply

I don’t think Air 1/iPad 5 digitizer will work on iPad 6, as the connector’s orientation is different.

Sammy Zhang -

Hey, whats the speed of lightning / usb port?

Guven D - Reply

It’s USB 2.0, so 480Mb/s (Megabits per second) / 60 MB/s (Megabytes per second)

Calvin H -

Why is the iFixit Adhesive Remover not for sale?

Charlie Gruszka - Reply

Normally it would be. Currently it’s available as part of several part + toolkit sets, but the standalone product is being updated. Check again soon ;)

Jeff Suovanen -

oof thats $@$*!&

Seth Penner - Reply

The LCD is the same as Air 5?

Jesus Ruiz - Reply

As ever iFixit hates Apple for designing parts that simply don’t go wrong in the first place.

Follow the money. If iFixit can’t sell parts then they give low scores.

As a consumer, not failing beats fixability every day of the week.

Alex Bowden - Reply

That’s an odd claim, the iPad 6 is patterned off of the 5, which also earned a 2, and we sell loads of parts for it. Similarly, our iPad 5 digitizer glass has over 11,000 views to date, that’s a lot of views for something that never goes wrong. Durability is great, but entropy will win eventually, and fixability is a good indicator for recyclability. Glued down batteries are dangerous and time-consuming to recycle, increasing e-waste.

Sam Lionheart -

Has anyone seen if digitisers are available yet? too soon I’m guessing, already had a customer in with one dropped the day after he bought it….

Tom French - Reply

So many POSITIVE descriptors for IFIXIT to do these tear downs. . . . . informative, professional, timely, waste-reducing, cost-saving, headache-minimizing and list could go on. BEST in the industry.

bob breuer - Reply

Anyone seen the digitizer yet for the 6th generation yet? ETA maybe?

TJ McLaughlin - Reply

I'm in need of the digitizer and the LCD Screen for the A1893 iPad 2018. Anyone know if the Air 1 LCD will be compatible or where to find a digitizer?

Thank You!

Michael Hudon - Reply

You might try Ali express. Will take forever but they can likely ship you one.

TJ McLaughlin - Reply

It is way too bad that Apple has used battery this small.I was intending to buy one until I see the horribly tiny battery.Come on,Apple.You are better than this.

Zhang Boyang - Reply

wow very interesting

Michał Szpak - Reply

Well the digitizer is available now, but it’s way too expensive at this point

Sammy Zhang - Reply

What tool kit is needed to replace the screen on the iPad 9.7 gen5?

tjbeavers1959 - Reply

We have a kit to replace the front panel here, and LCD screens are available here. We also have a full set of guides for both the LTE and Wi-Fi versions.

Adam O'Camb -

is this the ipad 2018?

Radiated Silver's Loot - Reply

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