- iPad Pro Repairability Score: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
- The battery is not soldered to the logic board, and can be removed with adhesive tabs, greatly simplifying battery removal. However, the case seal must still be unglued to get to the battery.
- The Smart Connector port is virtually impossible to replace—but incorporates no moving parts and is unlikely to fail.
- The LCD and front panel glass are fused together. This slightly simplifies the opening procedure.
- The fused front panel increases the cost of screen repair, and the risk of damaging the LCD when opening.
- Gobs of adhesive hold everything in place making all repairs more difficult.
Step 23 – You are going to need these tools
- iFixit Opening Picks set of 6
- Phillips #00 Screwdriver
- Heavy-Duty Suction Cups (Pair)
Note: What I meant about the tradition continuing: – is these iX devices are all well engineered, and designed to be replaced rather than repaired or upgraded. Replacing the battery in this model is going to be moderately expensive, moderately difficult, and moderately hazardous – (to inflict unintended damage to complementary components). In other words, you are NOT going to go to the “Genius Bar” to have this done!
iFixit’s Repairability index for both smartphones and tablets is available here.