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iPad Air LTE Logic Board Replacement

Replace the logic board in an iPad Air LTE.

Follow the steps in this guide to replace the logic board in an iPad Air LTE. Note that replacing the logic board will result in losing all your data, as well as Touch ID functionality.

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Schritt 1 Logic Board  ¶ 

The following steps involve disconnecting many press connectors from their sockets on the logic board. When disconnecting these cables, be sure to pry up only on the connector, and not the socket itself. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the front-facing camera connector from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 1 Logic Board  ¶ 

  • The following steps involve disconnecting many press connectors from their sockets on the logic board. When disconnecting these cables, be sure to pry up only on the connector, and not the socket itself.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the front-facing camera connector from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

Slide an opening pick underneath the front-facing camera cable to break up the adhesive holding it in place. Push the camera cable up with a spudger to reveal a second ribbon cable connector underneath. Push the camera cable up with a spudger to reveal a second ribbon cable connector underneath.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

  • Slide an opening pick underneath the front-facing camera cable to break up the adhesive holding it in place.

  • Push the camera cable up with a spudger to reveal a second ribbon cable connector underneath.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to gently disconnect the headphone jack ribbon cable from its socket on the logic board. Again, carefully push this second ribbon cable aside to reveal more connectors underneath. Again, carefully push this second ribbon cable aside to reveal more connectors underneath.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently disconnect the headphone jack ribbon cable from its socket on the logic board.

  • Again, carefully push this second ribbon cable aside to reveal more connectors underneath.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

Use the pointed tip of a spudger to disconnect the microphone cable connector from its socket on the logic board. Use the pointed tip of the spudger to disconnect the GPS antenna cable, directly to the right of the microphone cable connector. Use the pointed tip of the spudger to disconnect the GPS antenna cable, directly to the right of the microphone cable connector.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

  • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to disconnect the microphone cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

  • Use the pointed tip of the spudger to disconnect the GPS antenna cable, directly to the right of the microphone cable connector.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

Use the flat tip of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board. Use the flat tip of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

  • Use the flat tip of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

Disconnect the antenna interconnect cable by lifting it straight up from its socket on the logic board. Disconnect the antenna interconnect cable by lifting it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the antenna interconnect cable by lifting it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the primary cellular antenna interconnect cable from its socket on the logic board. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the primary cellular antenna interconnect cable from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the primary cellular antenna interconnect cable from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the primary cellular antenna connector from its socket on the logic board. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the primary cellular antenna connector from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the primary cellular antenna connector from its socket on the logic board.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

Remove the 1.4 mm Phillips screw securing the primary cellular antenna interconnect cable bracket.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the 1.4 mm Phillips screw securing the primary cellular antenna interconnect cable bracket.

Schritt 10  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to gently fold the primary cellular antenna interconnect cable bracket up and out of the way. The small, S-shaped interconnect cable remains attached to the bracket via a press connector on the underside of the bracket. If it disconnects accidentally, reconnect it by pressing it into place.

Schritt 10  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently fold the primary cellular antenna interconnect cable bracket up and out of the way.

  • The small, S-shaped interconnect cable remains attached to the bracket via a press connector on the underside of the bracket. If it disconnects accidentally, reconnect it by pressing it into place.

Schritt 11  ¶ 

Remove the piece of black tape covering the upper button assembly cable connector. Remove the piece of black tape covering the upper button assembly cable connector.

Schritt 11  ¶ 

  • Remove the piece of black tape covering the upper button assembly cable connector.

Schritt 12  ¶ 

Use the pointed tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the upper button assembly cable connector. Use the pointed tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the upper button assembly cable connector.

Schritt 12  ¶ 

  • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the upper button assembly cable connector.

Schritt 13  ¶ 

Use tweezers to carefully pull the upper button assembly ribbon cable straight out of its connector. There is very little give on this cable, so you may need to apply a decent amount of force. Be sure you are pulling the cable straight back, and not upward against the connector.

Schritt 13  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to carefully pull the upper button assembly ribbon cable straight out of its connector.

  • There is very little give on this cable, so you may need to apply a decent amount of force. Be sure you are pulling the cable straight back, and not upward against the connector.

Schritt 14  ¶ 

Disconnect the left and right Wi-Fi antenna cables by lifting them straight up from their sockets on the lower end of the logic board. These sockets are fairly delicate. Be careful to apply pressure straight up so you don't shear the socket off the board. These sockets are fairly delicate. Be careful to apply pressure straight up so you don't shear the socket off the board.

Schritt 14  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the left and right Wi-Fi antenna cables by lifting them straight up from their sockets on the lower end of the logic board.

  • These sockets are fairly delicate. Be careful to apply pressure straight up so you don't shear the socket off the board.

Schritt 15  ¶ 

Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the tape securing the right Wi-Fi antenna cable near the SIM board. Peel carefully and pull up on the tape only—not the antenna cable, which will rip easily. It may be helpful to fold the SIM board cable back slightly to better access the tape—but be careful not to damage the SIM board cable. If you need more clearance, remove the SIM board.

Schritt 15  ¶ 

  • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up the tape securing the right Wi-Fi antenna cable near the SIM board.

  • Peel carefully and pull up on the tape only—not the antenna cable, which will rip easily.

  • It may be helpful to fold the SIM board cable back slightly to better access the tape—but be careful not to damage the SIM board cable. If you need more clearance, remove the SIM board.

Schritt 16  ¶ 

Repeat the previous step to peel up a second piece of tape directly underneath, securing the left Wi-Fi antenna cable. If you accidentally peeled up both pieces of tape together, carefully peel them apart and separate them before proceeding to the next step. If you accidentally peeled up both pieces of tape together, carefully peel them apart and separate them before proceeding to the next step.

Schritt 16  ¶ 

  • Repeat the previous step to peel up a second piece of tape directly underneath, securing the left Wi-Fi antenna cable.

  • If you accidentally peeled up both pieces of tape together, carefully peel them apart and separate them before proceeding to the next step.

Schritt 17  ¶ 

Four additional pieces of tape secure the left Wi-Fi antenna near the lower edge of the iPad. Peel the tape up from the rear case.

Schritt 17  ¶ 

  • Four additional pieces of tape secure the left Wi-Fi antenna near the lower edge of the iPad.

  • Peel the tape up from the rear case.

  • Fold the antenna cable out of the way.

Schritt 18  ¶ 

A bend in the speaker cable makes it difficult to peel the tape up from the end. Instead, grip the tape just under the speaker and peel it down, away from the edge of the case.

Schritt 18  ¶ 

  • A bend in the speaker cable makes it difficult to peel the tape up from the end.

  • Instead, grip the tape just under the speaker and peel it down, away from the edge of the case.

  • Be careful with your tweezers—only grab and peel the tape, and not the cable beneath.

Schritt 19  ¶ 

Peel the tape toward the home button to uncover the speaker cable connector. If necessary, as you peel the tape off the right speaker ribbon cable, use a spudger to hold the cable in place and prevent it from tearing.

Schritt 19  ¶ 

  • Peel the tape toward the home button to uncover the speaker cable connector.

  • If necessary, as you peel the tape off the right speaker ribbon cable, use a spudger to hold the cable in place and prevent it from tearing.

Schritt 20  ¶ 

Continue peeling up the tape away until there is enough slack in the left speaker cable to disconnect it. Do not completely remove the tape—it will be easier to replace if you leave a section still attached to the rear case.

Schritt 20  ¶ 

  • Continue peeling up the tape away until there is enough slack in the left speaker cable to disconnect it.

  • Do not completely remove the tape—it will be easier to replace if you leave a section still attached to the rear case.

Schritt 21  ¶ 

Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the left speaker cable connector. Disconnect the left speaker cable by pulling it straight out of its socket. Disconnect the left speaker cable by pulling it straight out of its socket.

Schritt 21  ¶ 

  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the left speaker cable connector.

  • Disconnect the left speaker cable by pulling it straight out of its socket.

Schritt 22  ¶ 

Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the right speaker cable connector. Disconnect the right speaker cable by pulling it straight out of its socket. Disconnect the right speaker cable by pulling it straight out of its socket.

Schritt 22  ¶ 

  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the right speaker cable connector.

  • Disconnect the right speaker cable by pulling it straight out of its socket.

Schritt 23  ¶ 

Remove the two 3.3 mm Phillips screws securing the Lightning connector to the rear case.

Schritt 23  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.3 mm Phillips screws securing the Lightning connector to the rear case.

Schritt 24  ¶ 

In the next steps, you will use an iOpener to apply heat to the rear case of the iPad to soften adhesive holding the logic board in place. As you reheat and place the iOpener in each of the indicated locations, leave it in place for at least a minute to soften the adhesive through the rear case. The adhesive is in the form of seven strips of black tape—refer to this step as you work at heating and prying to keep track of where each piece is located.

Schritt 24  ¶ 

  • In the next steps, you will use an iOpener to apply heat to the rear case of the iPad to soften adhesive holding the logic board in place.

  • As you reheat and place the iOpener in each of the indicated locations, leave it in place for at least a minute to soften the adhesive through the rear case.

  • The adhesive is in the form of seven strips of black tape—refer to this step as you work at heating and prying to keep track of where each piece is located.

Schritt 25  ¶ 

Reheat your iOpener and lay it over the bottom edge of the iPad to soften the adhesive securing the Lightning port ribbon cable to the rear case.

Schritt 25  ¶ 

  • Reheat your iOpener and lay it over the bottom edge of the iPad to soften the adhesive securing the Lightning port ribbon cable to the rear case.

  • Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften, then move on to the next step.

Schritt 26  ¶ 

Slide the flat end of a spudger under the Lightning connector cable to break up the adhesive securing it to the rear case. If necessary, push the left speaker cable gently aside to provide access to the Lightning connector cable. If necessary, push the left speaker cable gently aside to provide access to the Lightning connector cable.

Schritt 26  ¶ 

  • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the Lightning connector cable to break up the adhesive securing it to the rear case.

  • If necessary, push the left speaker cable gently aside to provide access to the Lightning connector cable.

Schritt 27  ¶ 

Lay a warm iOpener over the upper edge of the iPad and let it sit for a couple minutes to soften the adhesive holding the logic board in place.

Schritt 27  ¶ 

  • Lay a warm iOpener over the upper edge of the iPad and let it sit for a couple minutes to soften the adhesive holding the logic board in place.

Schritt 28  ¶ 

As you complete the next few steps, prying adhesive securing the logic board in place, always start by testing gently to see if the adhesive is softened. If not, reheat the iOpener and reapply it to the back of the rear case. Carefully insert an opening pick under the logic board, between the front-facing camera and the battery. Be sure to insert the pick over the the antenna cable that runs along the length of the battery.

Schritt 28  ¶ 

  • As you complete the next few steps, prying adhesive securing the logic board in place, always start by testing gently to see if the adhesive is softened. If not, reheat the iOpener and reapply it to the back of the rear case.

  • Carefully insert an opening pick under the logic board, between the front-facing camera and the battery.

  • Be sure to insert the pick over the the antenna cable that runs along the length of the battery.

  • Slide the guitar pick toward the front-facing camera connector, and stop at the bend in the logic board.

Schritt 29  ¶ 

Reheat your iOpener and lay it lengthways on the rear case, directly over the logic board.

Schritt 29  ¶ 

  • Reheat your iOpener and lay it lengthways on the rear case, directly over the logic board.

  • Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften, then remove the iOpener and move on to the next step.

Schritt 30  ¶ 

Insert an opening pick underneath  the logic board at the corner of the large EMI shield. Slide the pick upwards until you reach the battery connector to break up the adhesive holding the logic board in place. Slide the pick upwards until you reach the battery connector to break up the adhesive holding the logic board in place.

Schritt 30  ¶ 

  • Insert an opening pick underneath the logic board at the corner of the large EMI shield.

  • Slide the pick upwards until you reach the battery connector to break up the adhesive holding the logic board in place.

Schritt 31  ¶ 

Remove the battery isolation pick. Insert a plastic card underneath the logic board at the battery connector. As you push through the adhesive at the outer edge of the logic board, be careful not to damage the upper button assembly ribbon cable that you disconnected in Step 60. Position the card exactly as shown.

Schritt 31  ¶ 

  • Remove the battery isolation pick.

  • Insert a plastic card underneath the logic board at the battery connector.

  • As you push through the adhesive at the outer edge of the logic board, be careful not to damage the upper button assembly ribbon cable that you disconnected in Step 60. Position the card exactly as shown.

  • Slide the card all the way underneath the logic board, separating the adhesive along the outer edge.

Schritt 32  ¶ 

Insert a plastic card underneath the lower end of the logic board, directly underneath the display connectors and Wi-Fi module. Insert a plastic card underneath the lower end of the logic board, directly underneath the display connectors and Wi-Fi module.

Schritt 32  ¶ 

  • Insert a plastic card underneath the lower end of the logic board, directly underneath the display connectors and Wi-Fi module.

Schritt 33  ¶ 

Pull the Lightning connector straight out of its recess in the rear case.

Schritt 33  ¶ 

  • Pull the Lightning connector straight out of its recess in the rear case.

Schritt 34  ¶ 

Gently lift up on the logic board from its lower edge and remove the logic board. When installing the logic board, check to make sure that each of the cable connectors you detached earlier is correctly routed over the top of the logic board before proceeding with reassembly.

Schritt 34  ¶ 

  • Gently lift up on the logic board from its lower edge and remove the logic board.

  • When installing the logic board, check to make sure that each of the cable connectors you detached earlier is correctly routed over the top of the logic board before proceeding with reassembly.