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The iPad Air's battery is 'super frustrating' to replace, says iFixit

Tablet gets a repairability score of two out of 10
Fri Nov 01 2013, 12:48

GADGET DESIGNER Apple's iPad Air is typically difficult to repair, with iFixit describing the tablet's battery as "super frustrating".

The iPad Air made its debut on Friday, and drew large queues in London. Before the keenest of queuers could get their mitts on it though, iFixit had already taken it apart, revealing just how tricky it is to repair.

iFixit spent most of its time trying to remove the battery from the iPad Air, which apparently was not an easy task.

Opening the Apple iPad Air is not easy

The iFixit guys said, in their Halloween themed iPad teardown, "What is this devilry? The battery is pinned by some form of dark magic - or maybe a stray screw?" They shortly added, "Not even removing this mysterious screw helps. It's almost enough to make us want to cry for mummy!"

Once they had managed to unstick the battery, iFixit reported that it started to warp, which is not good news, as skewed batteries are known for catching on fire. So, those who buy an iPad Air had better hope that they don't have to get the tablet's battery replaced.

iFixit concluded, once the battery had eventually been removed, "This is the most difficult battery removal procedure we've seen in an iPad."

That's not all the iFixit team struggled with when pulling apart the iPad Air. The display, typically, is tricky to get off, with the front panel arriving glued to the rest of the device, which increases the chances of it cracking during repair. Coincidentally, this also means that if you crack the screen of your iPad Air it's probably going to cost a fair whack to get it fixed.

Beyond that, the iPad Air held few surprises during the teardown, and it got an overall repairability score of two out of 10 - the same as last year's iPad 4. In other words, iPad Air owners had better hope that they never need to get their tablet fixed.

Check out our iPad Air hands-on review. µ


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