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Einleitung

Note: this is a complete guide for replacing a plain front panel (including glass + digitizer). If you have a Front Panel Assembly replacement part, stop before removing the home button from your old front panel, and reverse the steps to install your new front panel assembly.

Einführungsvideo

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    • We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.

    • Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.

    • For carousel microwaves: Make sure the plate spins freely. If your iOpener gets stuck, it may overheat and burn.

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    • Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.

    • Throughout the repair procedure, as the iOpener cools, reheat it in the microwave for an additional thirty seconds at a time.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair. Overheating may cause the iOpener to burst.

    • Never touch the iOpener if it appears swollen.

    • If the iOpener is still too hot in the middle to touch, continue using it while waiting for it to cool down some more before reheating. A properly heated iOpener should stay warm for up to 10 minutes.

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    • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.

    • The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.

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    • If you don't have a microwave, follow this step to heat your iOpener in boiling water.

    • Fill a pot or pan with enough water to fully submerge an iOpener.

    • Heat the water to a boil. Turn off the heat.

    • Place an iOpener into the hot water for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the iOpener is fully submerged in the water.

    • Use tongs to extract the heated iOpener from the hot water.

    • Thoroughly dry the iOpener with a towel.

    • The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful to hold it only by the end tabs.

    • Your iOpener is ready for use! If you need to reheat the iOpener, heat the water to a boil, turn off the heat, and place the iOpener in the water for 2-3 minutes.

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    • If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

    • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPad's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

    • Do your best to follow the rest of the guide as described. However, once the glass is broken, it will likely continue to crack as you work, and you may need to use a metal prying tool to scoop the glass out.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes, and be careful not to damage the LCD screen.

    • Again, as you may find yourself working with broken glass during this procedure, we strongly recommend wearing safety glasses for protection from flying shards.

    • Lay the iOpener flat on the right edge of the iPad, smoothing it out so that there is good contact between the surface of the iPad and the iOpener.

    • Let the bag sit on the iPad for approximately 90 seconds before attempting to open the front panel.

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    • There is a small gap in the iPad's adhesive ring in the upper right corner of the iPad, approximately 2.0 inches (~5 cm) from the top of the iPad. You are going to exploit this weakness.

    • Align the tool with the mute button. Insert the tip of a plastic opening tool into the gap between the front glass and the plastic bezel. Just insert the very tip of the opening tool, just enough to widen the crack.

    • It may require some force to get the wedged tip of the opening tool between the glass and plastic. Work patiently and carefully, wiggling the plastic opening tool back and forth as necessary.

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    • Make sure you place the tool in the proper spot—between the plastic display bezel and the front panel glass.

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    • Keeping the tip of the plastic opening tool wedged between the front glass and plastic bezel, slide a plastic opening pick in the gap, right next to the plastic opening tool.

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    • Remove the plastic opening tool from the iPad, and push the opening pick further underneath the front glass to a depth of ~0.5 inches.

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    • While you work on releasing the adhesive on the right side of the iPad, reheat the iOpener, and replace it on the bottom edge of the iPad.

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    • While the bottom edge is being heated by the iOpener, begin releasing the adhesive from the right edge of the iPad.

    • Slide the opening pick down along the edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go.

    • The adhesive is very strong, and some serious force may be required. Work carefully.

    • If you can see the tip of the opening pick underneath the front glass, pull the pick out just a little bit. While using the opening pick this deep won't damage anything, it may get adhesive residue all over the LCD.

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    • It may be necessary to move the heated iOpener back onto the right edge of the iPad as you release the adhesive. This depends on how long the iPad has been able to cool while you were working on it.

    • If the opening pick gets stuck in the adhesive, "roll" the pick along the side of the iPad, continuing to release the adhesive.

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    • Before removing the first opening pick from the bottom corner of the iPad, insert a second pick under the right edge of the front glass to keep the adhesive from re-adhering.

    • Re-heat the iOpener, and move it to the top edge of the iPad.

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    • The next few steps require extreme caution.

    • The Wi-Fi antenna is attached to the bottom right edge of the rear case of the iPad via screws and a cable. Because of the orientation of the Wi-Fi antenna, it is imperative to proceed with caution otherwise irreversible damage to the Wi-Fi antenna may result.

    • You will have to release the adhesive securing the antenna to the front panel without damaging the delicate parts attaching the antenna to the bottom of the iPad. Follow the next steps carefully.

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    • Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner of the iPad, releasing the adhesive there.

    • Do not slide the pick further than the bottom right corner. You may damage the Wi-Fi antenna by doing so.

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    • This step requires you to move the opening pick along the bottom right edge of the front panel. The Wi-Fi antenna is very close to the corner and is easily severed if the adhesive is released improperly.

    • Do not completely remove the pick from under the front glass, but pull it out just a little bit so that ~1/8" (3 mm) of the tip is still under the front glass.

    • Slide the tip of the opening pick along the bottom edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive over the Wi-Fi antenna.

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    • Once you have moved past the Wi-FI antenna (approximately 3" (75 mm) from the right edge, or right next to the home button) re-insert the opening pick to its full depth.

    • Slide the pick to the right, releasing the adhesive securing the Wi-Fi antenna to the front glass.

    • The antenna is attached to the bottom of the iPad via screws and a cable. This step detaches the antenna from the front panel, ensuring that when you remove the panel, the antenna will not be damaged.

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    • Continue releasing the adhesive along the bottom of the iPad, pulling the opening pick out far enough to go around the home button, and re-inserting it to a depth of 1/2 inch (10 mm) once the pick is past the home button.

    • If the adhesive has cooled too much along the bottom edge, reheat the iOpener to warm the adhesive where you are working.

    • Do not heat the iOpener more than a minute at a time, and always allow at least two minutes before reheating it.

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    • Continue releasing the adhesive all the way along the bottom edge of the iPad.

    • On iPad 4 models, insert the pick to a maximum depth of 1/2 inch (10 mm) in this area, to avoid damaging the home button ribbon cable.

    • Leave the opening pick wedged underneath the front glass near the home button.

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    • Reheat the iOpener in the microwave and set it on the left edge of the iPad to start warming the adhesive in that section.

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    • Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the iPad, pulling it out slightly to go around the front-facing camera bracket.

    • The adhesive along this section is very thick, and a fair amount of force may be required. Work carefully and slowly, making sure to not slip and damage yourself or your iPad.

    • If the adhesive has cooled too much, replace the iOpener along the top edge and continue working. If the iOpener has cooled too much, reheat it.

    • If the opening pick is getting stuck in the adhesive, "roll" the pick as shown in step 9.

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    • Continue releasing the adhesive along the top edge of the iPad, and slide the opening pick around the top left corner.

    • If the adhesive is warm enough, remove the iOpener from the iPad for convenience. However, if the adhesive is still quite sticky, re-heat the iOpener and lay it on the left edge while you work.

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    • Slide the opening pick along the left edge of the iPad, releasing the adhesive as you go. The adhesive is thin here due to the digitizer along the whole left side. Make sure the pick is not too deep (max 1/2 inch) 10 mm to prevent damaging the digitizer.

    • The digitizer cable is located approximately 2" (50 mm) from the bottom of the iPad. Stop sliding the pick when you get ~2.25" (60 mm) from the bottom of the iPad.

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    • Using the opening pick that is still underneath the bottom edge of the iPad, release the adhesive along the bottom left corner.

    • The bottom of the digitizer cable is only ~1" (25 mm) from the bottom of the iPad. Work carefully and slowly, making sure to not sever this cable.

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    • Using one of the opening picks, pry up the bottom right corner of the iPad and grab it with your fingers.

    • Some of the adhesive along the perimeter of the iPad may have stuck back down again. If this is the case, slide a pick underneath the edge of the iPad where the front glass is still stuck and "cut" the adhesive.

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    • Holding the iPad by the top and bottom right corners, rotate the front glass away from the iPad.

    • Be careful of any adhesive that may still be attached, and use an opening pick to cut any adhesive that may still be holding the front panel down.

    • During reassembly use a microfiber cloth and compressed air to clean any dust or fingerprints off the LCD before reinstalling the glass.

  27. iPad 3 4G Front Panel Replacement, Front Panel Assembly: Schritt 28, Bild 1 von 1
    • Remove the four 2 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the LCD to the aluminum frame.

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    • Using a plastic opening tool or a spudger, lift the right edge of the LCD out of the iPad.

    • Rotate the LCD along its left edge and lay it down on top of the front panel.

    • Be careful as you move the LCD. The ribbon cable is fragile and may break if it is flexed too much.

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    • Using the tip of a spudger, peel back the piece of tape covering the LCD ribbon cable connector.

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    • Flip up the retaining flap on the LCD ribbon cable ZIF connector.

    • Using your fingers or a pair of tweezers, pull the LCD ribbon cable from its socket on the logic board.

    • You may have to force restart the iPad by holding down the power button and home button for at least ten seconds until you see the Apple logo if the LCD screen doesn't power on after connecting the ZIF connector for the LCD screen when putting everything back together.

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    • Without touching the front of the LCD, lift the LCD off the front panel.

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    • Using the tip of a spudger, peel back the piece of tape that secures the touchscreen ribbon cable to the logic board.

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    • Flip up the retaining flap on both of the touchscreen ribbon cable ZIF connectors.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to loosen the adhesive underneath the digitizer ribbon cable.

    • Pull the digitizer ribbon cable straight out of its sockets on the logic board.

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    • Peel back the touchscreen ribbon cable and use the flat end of a spudger to release the adhesive securing the cable to the rear aluminum case.

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    • Using your fingers, pull the touchscreen ribbon cable out of its recess in the aluminum frame.

    • Remove the front panel from the iPad.

  37. iPad 3 4G Front Panel Replacement, Home Button Assembly: Schritt 38, Bild 1 von 1
    • The home button assembly is attached to the front panel with some adhesive. The use of an iOpener to soften the adhesive is highly recommended.

    • Place the iOpener in the microwave and microwave it for thirty seconds on the highest power setting.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure. We recommend waiting at least three minutes before reheating the iOpener.

    • Place the iOpener over the home button on the front edge of the display.

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    • Wedge the plastic opening tool under the right side of the home button assembly and pry upwards, releasing the adhesive on that side.

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    • Using the technique above, release the adhesive on the left side of the home button.

    • Lift the home button mount off of the front panel.

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    • Insert the edge of plastic opening tool underneath the edge of the home button mounting bracket.

    • Slide the plastic opening tool along the retaining spring bracket, releasing the adhesive.

    • Remove the home button with mounting bracket from the front panel.

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    • The camera bracket is attached to the front panel by adhesive. The use of an iOpener to soften the adhesive is highly recommended.

    • Follow the iOpener heating instructions described in the iOpener heating section at the beginning of this guide.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure. We recommend waiting at least two minutes before reheating the iOpener.

    • Place the iOpener over the front facing camera on the front edge of the top of the display.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the camera bracket off the adhesive securing it to the front panel.

    • The camera bracket will move about 2 mm to the right or left depending which way you push the camera bracket.

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    • Lift and remove the camera bracket up off the front panel.

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    • Front panel remains.

    • If you are replacing your panel with a new one, be aware that the new panel may have a protective film on the outside and/or inside of the frame. This needs to be removed.

Abschluss

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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This guide and the iFixit toolkit was everything I needed to replace the glass on my iPad 3. They are right, it is diffficult, but doable with care.

Bill Pennock - Antwort

Great Guide. Removing the display was less difficult than I thought after initially reading the guide. As others pointed out, DO tape the screen. This is even a good idea it's not yet cracked. Mine broke at one point and if it does, it's a mess. I had a screen protector on my display which caught all the little pieces.

Also while it might be possible to save the wifi antenna, i wasn't able to. I recommend buying the new wifi antenna together with the screen replacement right away to not get stuck waiting for parts should it break during screen removal.

Richard Stevens - Antwort

I was going to add the button comment as a comment for the part but realized there's no place to do that. Now I can't edit the comment so here is some more:

A note on the bezel: You will notice dents on the bezel after the operation. Not sure if it's just my lack of skills but I doubt one can manage to jam the opener between bezel and glass without producing dents in the bezel.

Also a few remarks on the spare parts. The home button that comes included with the fully assembled replacement screen is rather flimsy. It more or less fully lacks the usual click when you press it. Hopefully it will last a while. I only noticed after I reassembled everything but using the original button might be much better. Also the replacement adhesive seems much less strong.

Richard Stevens - Antwort

Success but it took me more like 3 hours, in part because I had a lot of broken glass. Do tape the glass and do wear safety glasses -- I've never done a repair where glass was flying so much. I did not break the Wi-Fi cable but I completely tore the digitizer cable in the lower left edge. Fortunately I had purchased the full assembly (IF116-018-3) that includes a new digitizer cable. Not necessarily a fun repair but who can argue with a $35 repair cost? The metal spudger (IF145-012-1) worked best for prying up the glass panel. Be sure to read the comments in step 30 to prevent damage to the ZIF connector.

robertmhussey - Antwort

The guide is excellent, and the parts provided first-rate. I do not know if the adhesive used on the digitizer plate is the same as in the original iPad. I found that the adhesive strips were not as strong as I would have liked, and although I was very careful to throughly clean the surfaces being attached , I found that the digitizer would still flex slightly when pressed.

I used a strong contact adhesive to secure the plate, and settles on Goop. I used it on the corners and also around the area of the home button, that needs to be seated very securely in order to make a good contact with the two pins it connects to. I followed the adhesive instructions carefully (thin bead on both surfaces, let it air dry for a couple min before contact), and then tightly secured the digitizer to the frame and bezel with scotch tape to keep things pressed down. The next morning the plate was on as tightly as when the iPad was new. I don’t know if this precludes future removal of the screen, however.

Haig Keshishian - Antwort

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