9.7-Inch iPad Pro Teardown Reveals Use of Copious Amount of Glue and An Almost Impossible To Repair Design

9.7-inch iPad Pro
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro went on sale in quite a few markets of the world last week, and today, courtesy of iFixit, the first teardown of the tablet is now live. The teardown reveals quite a few interesting tidbits about the smaller iPad Pro from Apple. 
Just like its elder brother and unlike the iPad Air lineup, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro makes use of EMI shielding to protect the logic board from any unregulated radio interference. Apple has also used new antenna interconnect boards to provide further rigidity to the display of the new iPad Pro.
9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown
The iFixit team also notes that majority of the area inside the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is occupied by its 27.91 Whr battery, which is just a wee bit larger than the 27.52 Whr battery found inside the iPad Air. On the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the four stereo speakers occupied the most area.
In the end, the iFixit team gives the 9.7-inch iPad Pro a repairability score of 2 out of 10. This essentially means that carrying any in-house repair on the tablet is a recipe for disaster. The iFixit team notes that the fused front panel on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro dramatically increases the cost of a screen repair, and the chances of damaging the LCD when opening the tablet. Plus, the copious amount of adhesive used by Apple to hold everything in place does not help matters either.
[Via iFixit]


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