Unfortunately, accidents are a part of life and no matter how careful you are, your tablet can fall to the ground or suffer a blow in any way that ends up breaking the screen partially or completely. If the damage is significant enough for you to consider repairing it, you can go to Apple and they’ll replace it. But how much does it cost to repair an iPad screen at Apple? We answer this and other questions.
What the warranty says about it
When you purchase an electronic device, regardless of where and what model it is, you are subject to the electronic product warranty law. In Spain, a minimum of 2 years is required to cover certain damages that may or may not be extended by the brand. As a general rule, the first year of this period will be covered by the manufacturer, with Apple in the case of the iPad. During the second year you will have to go to the place where you bought it and in the case of Apple it will be the company again that will take care of it.
The signature of the apple does not cover damage to the screen except for specific cases that we will see below. So it doesn’t matter if it’s a minor break or if it’s caused by a fall, a minor bump or something else. When you go to technical support you will find that you will have to pay for the screen of the device if you want it to be repaired.
As we said before, there are cases in which the repair can be at zero cost. It is not usual for a factory problem to affect many products, but it is not impossible either, and in fact it has happened on some occasions. It may have been the case that a particular batch of iPad had some manufacturing defect that affected its screen and therefore it was more likely to break than usual without being dropped or hit.
In most of these cases it is Apple itself that informs about this fact and opens a free repair program that can have a certain deadline. If your screen has started to crack for no apparent reason, we recommend that you contact the company’s experts so that they can ensure that it is a factory fault and in that case a repair can be made. In many of these cases it will not matter if the iPad has already passed its legal warranty, although we insist on emphasizing that this type of failure is not common.
Sometimes you don’t just change the screen
Just like a mobile phone, the panels used to make the iPad screens are very sensitive and can register different types of damage in the event of breakage. On the one hand we have the touch panel , which is essential to be able to operate the interface with your finger or with a stylus. On the other hand, we have a protective glass which is almost imperceptible in some models. On the other hand we have a series of internal materials that help to form the screen in its entirety.
In all cases, regardless of whether the damage is greater or is a near miss, Apple technicians will change the entire screen when you request a repair. This is standard for all technical services and for all types of modern device displays. The components are extremely delicate and would require a high degree of precision and time to repair, so the experts opt for the convenience of the user and themselves by completely changing the screen.
On the other hand, if the damage has affected more components that are not part of the screen, you will most likely be given a refurbished iPad or a new one in some cases. At that point you will have a fully functional tablet and an additional warranty will be added to ensure its proper functioning. Although if they only change the screen you will also have a minimum warranty of 6 months for it.
iPad Display Repair Prices
If your iPad screen is accidentally damaged or has any other damage caused by unauthorized repairs, it is considered outside the coverage of the legal warranty and you will have to pay for the repair. If you have AppleCare+ insurance, you will also need to pay for the repair, although it will be much less expensive in this case.
- iPad (4th generation) ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?331.10 out of warranty.
- iPad (5th generation): ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?281.10 out of warranty
- iPad (6th generation): ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?281.10 out of warranty
- iPad (7th generation): ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?281.10 out of warranty
- iPad mini: ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?221.10 out of warranty.
- iPad mini 2: ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?221.10 out of warranty
- iPad mini 3: ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?331.10 out of warranty.
- iPad mini 4: ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?331.10 out of warranty.
- iPad mini (5th generation): ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?331.10 out of warranty.
- iPad Air: ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?281.10 out of warranty
- iPad Air 2: ?49 with AppleCare+ and ?331.10 out of warranty.
- iPad Air (3rd generation): 49 euros with AppleCare+ and 421.10 euros out of warranty.
- iPad Pro (9.7 inch 1st generation): 49 euros with AppleCare+ and 421.10 euros out of warranty.
- iPad Pro (10.5-inch 1st generation): £49 with AppleCare+ and £491.10 out of warranty
- iPad Pro (11-inch 1st generation): £49 with AppleCare+ and £541.10 out of warranty
- iPad Pro (11-inch 2nd generation): £49 with AppleCare+ and £541.10 out of warranty.
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch 1st generation): $49 with AppleCare+ and $661.10 out of warranty.
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch 2nd generation): $49 with AppleCare+ and $661.10 out of warranty.
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch 3rd generation): £49 with AppleCare+ and £711.10 out of warranty.
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch 4th generation): £49 with AppleCare+ and £711.10 out of warranty.
If you have an iPad that is not on this list, it is already considered obsolete by Apple and therefore will not carry out any repairs. What the company offers in this case is a recycling service, although they will not pay you anything for your device. You may be able to get this device repaired at other non-authorized shops, as you will not lose your warranty because it is completely out of date and you will not be able to get any parts officially repaired.
How to request a repair at Apple
If you have downloaded the Technical Support app, you can access the repair from it by going to the relevant technical support tab and following the steps required to make an appointment at an Apple Store or request a collection from your home, in which case you will have to pay an additional 12.10 euros for shipping costs.
If you prefer, you can go to Apple’s technical support website to start the process in a similar way to the application. In any case, you can also request a repair by phone or by going to an Apple Store and making an appointment, since in most cases there are no free spaces for the same day.
There are other Apple-approved establishments, the so-called SATs, alongside the Premium Resellers. In all of these places you can get your iPad screen replaced with original parts and maybe with different prices, although on average they are about the same as in an Apple Store.
There are also other technology stores that offer repair services including iPad displays. On these sites, you can request all the information you need about prices and times for repairs, as well as the quality of spare parts. There are times when parts, even if not original, may be of good quality but this also means a higher cost.
Then there are the smaller shops belonging to small entrepreneurs, which can offer very cheap repair services. These places may also be good for a repair, although you’ll have to keep in mind that the quality of the screen will be far from what other stores can offer and from original Apple parts.
Is it worth the repair?
You may be surprised that the price of the screen is too high for your pocket. These materials are probably the most expensive of all the repairs. However, there are times when it can be more than worthwhile to go in for repairs if the device is used frequently and is not used much. However, it may be that your iPad is already somewhat old, even if it is not considered obsolete. In these cases you may be more interested in paying a slightly higher amount and getting a brand new device.
In any case, you should be the one to value your needs and the cost of the repair. In the end you will have to make a decision if you do not want to continue with a broken tablet.