Today I would like to share a couple of tips that make replacing iPad 2 glass digitisers
a whole lot easier. These are not eye opeing, amqzing techniques that will halve your repair time BUT…
they will help to prevent the stupid/silly mistakes that almost everybody makes on their first few iPad repairs.
– If you are following an online guide (like this one: iFixit guide
), keep in mind that while they usually warn
about hot spots around the edges (delicate areas where cables are etc), they often neglect to emphasise how delicate these areas really are!
The top right hand corner for example, has 2 tiny ribbon cables (one for the mute button and one for the volume cable) both of which often
get stuck in the adhesive securing the glass. Even when you know they are there, it can be very difficult to seperate them from the glass (particularly when the glass above them is shatter or cracked). Replacing these cables, which are infact one cable with many ‘fingers’, is not particularly expensive ($20-$25), but it does add an hour or so to your repair (and its a really annoyingly fiddly job!).
The 3G models also have 2 GSM antenna’s, which are just wide ribbon cables, glued to the glass along the top edge. As with the above, you must seperate these from the glass before lifting the edge up at all or you will break them (and you must make sure you are seperating them from the glass rather than from the plastic blocks below them).
Keep your iPad 2 LCD
clean! As you remove the glass and its breaks and crumbles, try to vacuum the glass AWAY from your LCD. Also do your best to avoid touching the LCD (wear gloves!)
at anytime as once its got a fingerprint it will never be the same (no matter what you clean it with!). Once the glass is totally removed, DO NOT immediatly try to wipe or clean the LCD as the glass dust will leave horrible scratches! BRUSH
it off first (preferably with a nice ESD safe brush), remove it from the iPad and place it aside, and only reinstall it when you are ready to test and seal up the iPad with its new glass.
So, hopefully these tips will help you guys avoid some of the pitfalls I encountered when I first started doing iPad and iPhone Glass replacement
. Let me know if you need a hand, I’m always happy to offer free advice (and even happier if you want to pay me to do it instead!),