It’s official: The new iPad’s screen repair will be easy for us to do and low-cost. Our iPad 6 tear down shows that Apple has returned to a non-laminated screen construction (like the iPad 2, 3, 4, 5, and Air). This means the screen technology consists of a separate digitizer and LCD (compared to a fused construction like the iPad Air 2 or Pro models). This is good news because it means the iPad 6 screen repair will not require a new LCD every time you want to do a cracked glass repair. In other words, it will not be that expensive to fix the iPad 6!
Tear Down Video
Two of our stellar technicians, Chris and Leo, put together this video. It’s short, simple, and to the point.
Tear Down Details
There are a few things of importance from this video:
- The screen is “non-laminated”. That means the digitizer and LCD are separate parts. That’s excellent for repairability costs.
- The iPad 6 screen is not compatible with any of the previous iPad versions. You’ll have to find a new supplier for these screens.
- There is adhesive under each corner of the LCD. This makes it a bit harder to get the LCD out so be careful.
- The LCD connectors look like the iPad 5 LCD connectors but they’re not compatible. We tried an iPad 5 LCD just to see what happened. The connectors fit but the picture did not work.
Note: Don’t be fooled by vendors on eBay claiming they have an “iPad 6 / iPad Air 2” screen. The confusion is because some vendors in the past referred to the iPad Air 2 as an iPad 6. They are not the same thing! Make sure to verify the screens work with the iPad 6 (model numbers A1893 and A1954).
As a company that fixes iPads for schools, we are excited to see Apple both providing low-cost iPads for schools and constructing them in such a way that the iPad repair process will be simple and low-cost (as opposed to the iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro models which are quite expensive to fix).