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Teardown shows only masochists should try at-home iPad Air repairs

Published Nov 1st, 2013 7:15PM EDT
Apple iPad Air Teardown

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iFixit has a message for amateur mechanics who think they can repair their own iPad Airs: Don’t try this at home. After ripping apart the iPad Air and looking at its internals, the iFixit team found that Apple’s new tablet was almost impossible to self-repair and noted that the device’s arteries were clogged with a large amount of glue needed to keep the device together inside such a thin, compact frame. Specifically, iFixit found that removing the iPad Air’s battery was next to impossible and couldn’t get it done without warping the battery into a curved shape. On the plus side, however, iFixit did find that the iPad Air “is 20% thinner, 28% lighter, and 24% reduced in volume from the 4th-gen iPad,” so all that adhesive is going toward giving us the lightest and thinnest iPad yet.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.