Don’t Break Your iPad Mini: iFixit Finds That It’s Hard To Repair

By: Zach Walton - November 2, 2012

The iPad Mini launched today and has already been put through its paces in a drop test. The iPad Mini came out like a champ, but it still suffered a cracked screen. That may happen to somebody’s iPad Mini this weekend though and they’ll need to fix it. That’s where iFixit comes in.

Punctual as always, iFixit has posted its teardown of the iPad Mini today. The team found the iPad Mini to not be easily repairable. It’s a bit unfortunate considering the iPhone 5 was given a score of seven out of 10 on the repairability scale. It seems that Apple wants to make the iPad Mini like the new MacBook Pro – annoyingly hard to repair.

The folks at iFixit gave the iPad Mini a score of two out of 10. They note that the iPad Mini does get some things right, like the glass and LCD are not fused together which makes replacing the screen an easy task. The problems come in when you get to taking the entire device apart. All of the components are attached via “copious amounts of adhesive” which makes any repair extremely difficult.

If anything, iFixit’s teardown should convince all iPad Mini owners to be very careful with their new device. It should survive a few falls without much damage, but you might not want to push your luck.

Zach Walton

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  • Pete

    Bought mine this afternoon. Set it up in the store, listened to it via BT in the car on the way home… getting out of the car, it slid right out of my hand, hit the road corner first, and shattered the screen. Fastest $600 I ever lost. And it’s going to be impossible to repair? Great.


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