iPad Pro 10.5-Inch Teardown Reveals How Difficult It Is To Repair The New Apple Tablet

17 June 2017, 7:07 am EDT By Steve Bowman Tech Times
iFixit performed a teardown on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The test revealed that the new Apple tablet’s repairability is difficult and it scored a paltry 2 out of 10.  ( iFixit )

Apple launched the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at its WWDC event on June 5. The latest tablet from the Cupertino-based company comes with minimal bezels, which has allowed it to expand the screen size to 10.5-inch from the previous version's 9.7-inch without having to increase the device's overall size a lot.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro also houses the company's latest A10X chipset, which greatly improves the tablet's performance when compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

However, fans were hungry for more information regarding the new iPad Pro. This is why the folks at iFixit performed a teardown of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to reveal what lies inside the device, and to also determine the device's repairability.

10.5-inch iPad Pro: How Difficult Is It To Repair The Device?

The teardown revealed that the internal hardware design and layout is similar to that of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. This means that Apple reworked the design and changed some of the layout when compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which the new tablet will replace.

However, after opening the new iPad Pro, the iFixit team reported some huge limitations regarding the tablet's repairability.

The team discovered that the battery in the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is stuck in place and cannot be removed or replaced, even though it is not soldered. Previous renditions had pull tabs.

"While not soldered in place, the battery is very solidly adhered-no more pull tabs like we saw in the iPad Pro 12.9," the team noted.

The iFixit team also shared that the Smart Connector port is also impossible to replace, should it get damaged. The team noted that because the Smart Connector does not incorporate any moving parts, it is unlikely to need repair.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro's LCD and front glass panel are also fused together, which makes opening the device easier. However, this fused panel also increases the risk of damage while opening the device and increases repair costs, as any damage to the panel would require the LCD's replacement.

Moreover, all the internal components of the new iPad Pro are held in place by adhesive gels. This makes repairing all the more difficult.

After completing the full teardown, iFixit scored the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro just 2 points out of a possible 10. This indicates that repairing the device would be expensive and difficult. So, it is perhaps better to invest in a cover for the iPad Pro to ensure that it stays protected against external damage.

iFixit Teardown Reveals iPad Pro's Battery And RAM

The iFixit teardown also revealed some of the positive points for the new iPad Pro. For instance, the tablet's battery size has increased vis-à-vis the 9.7-inch iPad Pro model. This will likely give users at least an hour's worth of extra power and may even stretch longer when coupled with the new A10X chip.

The iFixit teardown also revealed that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes with 4 GB of RAM, in the form of two 2 GB Micron LPDDR4 chips.

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