So you’ve just spent several hundred pounds – or dollars – on a spanking new iPad Air, released yesterday; what’s the first thing you do with it?
Tear it to bits just for the heck of it, obviously – at least that’s the attitude of the team at iFixit. Needless to say, being an Apple product, the iPad Air teardown proved to be a whopping great pain in the bum.
Ultimately, the iPad Air was given a Repairability Score of 2/10 (10 being the easiest to repair, and 2 being a bit of a nightmare).
Particular gripes include the iPad Air's front panel being glued to the rest of the device (as was the case in previous iPads), increasing the likelihood of the glass cracking during repair.
Similarly, the iPad Air LCD has a foam sticky tape binding it to the front panel, meaning there’s a good chance it’ll be shattered during disassembly.
As for the iPad Air battery, when it was eventually removed, it warped “to a state resembling the Grimm Reaper's scythe” (the teardown is littered with tongue-in-cheek Halloween references). It’s described as “the most difficult battery removal procedure we've seen in an iPad.”
So the message here is: don’t go trying to repair your own iPad Air unless you’re incredibly confident taking devices to bits. But even then, it might prove to be more hassle than it’s worth.