Sometimes we sound like a broken record when it comes to terrible repairability, and we get it—seems like there’s a lot of product bashing going on lately. Yet for every fixable Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, there’s a Surface Pro—or in this case, an iPad Air—to saturate the market with unrepairable devices.
With the release of every shiny new generation of iPad, a certain percentage ends up looking like this. And then what? With a hard-to-repair device, the fix is either expensive or impossible. It hurts the consumer, sucks for the environment, and contributes to the device’s untimely demise. That’s “no bueno” on many different levels, if you ask us.
So, today it’s the iPad Air’s turn. Just like last week’s 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display, things took a turn for the worse. The battery is now a 2-cell unit and the adhesive is even harder to remove. The changes to the new iPad are bad for repairability, but not quite bad enough to halve its score from 2 to 1. It was an extremely close call, though. We wrestled with the decision for quite a long time before reaching our conclusion.
• This is basically how we take apart iPads. (Happy Halloween!)
• Getting into this iPad is a bigger pain in the neck than a date with a vampire—but no amount of iPad blood can spook our stalwart iOpener.
• The Air’s 3.73 V, 32.9 WHr, two-cell power plant is decidedly less monstrous than the previous iPad’s 43 WHr, three-cell behemoth.
• Despite the new cable dressing up this home button, Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor is nowhere to be found; it remains exclusive to the iPhone 5s for now.
• Just after the second round of iOpener action, we got one last coherent message from our field agent before strings of expletives:
[7:29:22] Walter Galan: “It’s the worst battery ever.” So much glue.
• The bucket-full of ICs powering this Pad: