Saturday , September 25 2021

iPad Pro 2018 and Apple Pencil 2: A first look inside

Repairs to iPad Pro are tricky: the hard-shell screen on the tabletop can only be removed from the case slowly and with great care, which iFixit shows when removing the new 11 "iPad Pro, but the screen's cable cable is missing inside, so you should not accidentally damage them when you open, note the repair service.

A replacement of the screen gives access to the motherboard and battery: The battery is now again fixed with a repair-friendly removable tape, explains the repair page. But Apple also uses glue to secure the battery in this case – making the battery replacement much more difficult. In addition, the motherboard is still fixed. Unlike the Lightning port, the new USB C port on iPad Pro 2018 is "completely modular" according to disassembly and can thus be replaced independently of the motherboard in case of failure.

After cutting the second generation Apple Pencil, iFixit has detected a capacitive sensor wound around the inside of the pen. This may allow support by other gestures, as detection of the exact contact point must be possible. Currently, the new pen only responds to a double button, for example, to change the tool used in a painting app – or display a palette.

Glue strips indicate that the battery is easy to remove – but it is also glued.

(Photo: iFixit)

On the built-in repair scale, iFixit gives the new iPad Pro a 3 of possible 10 points, which is one point more than the previous model received – the higher the more easier the repairs should be. Although Apple continues to rely on a massive amount of glue to secure all of the components of the iPad case, the manufacturer seems to pay attention to all three recently introduced product lines – iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini 2018 – slightly better repairs, so iFixit.


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