The iPad is Difficult to Repair, but Suffers Few Failures


The latest survey conducted by the people at iFixit, that great team that has surely helped us at some point when trying to dismantle some of our devices, has made a classification of the most popular tablets according to their ease of repair. If we’ve been around Apple and its products for some time now, we know that the iPad can’t have been very high on this list. And it has.

The iPad is at the bottom of the list due to its difficulty in being repaired

The iPad is Difficult to Repair, but Suffers Few Failures
The iPad is Difficult to Repair, but Suffers Few Failures

While devices such as the Dell XPS 10 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire are leading the list for their ease of repair and opening the device, Apple’s tablets are at the bottom of the list, with the new iPad mini as the worst performing device on the block. It’s worth noting that although the iPad is far down the list, the worst position is for Microsoft’s Surface Pro.

The biggest problem iFixit encounters when repairing Apple tablets is the large amount of glue used to fix all internal components, which makes it very difficult to repair at the user level. It also points out the complexity of changing key components of the device. These problems are also present in the tablet that is in the bottom of the ranking, the Surface Pro.

We see how the original iPad is separated from the rest of the generations of the apple tablet. This is because it does not use the technique of fusing the glass with the LCD panel, which allows for much easier opening. Later models were criticized for using this technique, which entailed a high risk of breaking the glass of the screen during the unpacking process. The only problem that was attributed to it was the difficulty in accessing the battery and replacing it.

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Factors that iFixit takes into account when scoring tablets include the type of cost to repair, ease of disassembly and whether there is a manual to do so. It should be noted that iFixit only focuses on the reparability of the device and ignores aspects such as the reliability of the engineering used or environmental requirements.

It should be remembered that Apple has always been very reluctant to allow third parties to access its products, either via software or hardware. Over the years we have seen how Apple has gradually made it more difficult to access the inside of its products through new forms of welding or special screws. When it comes down to it, the average user will always use the warranty service when their device fails, so this classification is especially useful for those who like to mess around with their device and have the necessary means and knowledge.

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