How Repairable Is Apple’s Latest iPad?

iFixit takes apart the newest iPad Pro to check its DIY-friendliness.

Spencer Chin, Senior Editor

May 21, 2024

iFixit's latest teardown featured Apple's updated iPad Pro tablet.
iFixit's teardown of Apple's latest iPad Pro tablet and Pencil stylus device revealed some surprises.iFixit

Amidst some marketing controversy, Apple recently unveiled its flagship iPad Pro. The DIY site iFixit got their hands on the latest iPad to see what’s inside.

As with other Apple devices, the iFixit reviewer had to deal with the usual array of pull tabs and screws. But─in a minor  surprise─the reviewer found that the critical battery could be accessed and removed without having to remove other parts, which he considers a major win. Loosening screws and tabs were needed to access the iPad’s other internal parts, including the new M4 processor and camera, although the process did not seem quite as arduous as with some previous Apple devices. The reviewer noted some design changes with the new iPad, including the placement of the inductive charging mechanism atop the device.

iFixit also tried taking the latest version of Apple’s Pencil Pro, the pen-like stylus designed to by an input companion to the iPad Pro. The reviewer found a lot of welded parts and wound up using an ultrasonic cutter to take apart the thin but complex device. The reviewer ran out of patience trying to carefully remove screws and take apart the Pencil and wound up cutting his finger in the process. Unlike the iPad Pro, the reviewer deemed Apple’s Pencil unrepairable.

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You can view the video here.

About the Author(s)

Spencer Chin

Senior Editor, Design News

Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor for Design News, covering the electronics beat, which includes semiconductors, components, power, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and other related subjects. He is always open to ideas for coverage. Spencer has spent many years covering electronics for brands including Electronic Products, Electronic Buyers News, EE Times, Power Electronics, and electronics360. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him at @spencerchin.

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