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iPad Pro 12.9" Display Assembly Replacement

Remove the display assembly, including LCD, digitizer, and home button from an iPad Pro 12.9" to replace it or access internal components.

  • Autor: Evan Noronha
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Follow the steps in this guide to replace the display assembly in an iPad Pro 12.9", or to access other internal components for servicing.

Note that the Home Button installed in your original display assembly is paired to the iPad's logic board, and will need to be removed and transferred to the new display to retain Touch ID functionality.

Before beginning, check to see if your replacement part has a daughterboard adhered to its back. If so, this guide will work for you. Otherwise, you will need to transfer the board from the old display to the new one. Transferring the daughterboard from the original to replacement unit will require specialty microsoldering equipment and we recommend DIY users source a new part rather than attempt the procedure.

Parts of this guide were shot with a Wi-Fi model and as such the internals may look slightly different from the LTE model. The procedure is the same for both models except where noted.

Schritt 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

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.

Schritt 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • 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.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

Removing the display assembly involves using a halberd spudger or opening pick to separate the adhesive securing the display to the rear case. Use the photos in this step to know the locations of the adhesive and where it is the thickest. Refer to these images while following the guide to see where the adhesive is thickest and where to cut the deepest with your opening tool.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

  • Removing the display assembly involves using a halberd spudger or opening pick to separate the adhesive securing the display to the rear case.

  • Use the photos in this step to know the locations of the adhesive and where it is the thickest.

  • Refer to these images while following the guide to see where the adhesive is thickest and where to cut the deepest with your opening tool.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

Lay the hot iOpener over the left edge of the iPad to soften the adhesive holding it in place.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

  • Lay the hot iOpener over the left edge of the iPad to soften the adhesive holding it in place.

  • Alternatively, use a heat gun, hair dryer, or heat pad to heat the perimeter of your iPad.

  • Wait about two minutes for the adhesive to soften before proceeding to the next step.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

Attach a suction handle to the left edge of the iPad's display, equidistant from the top and bottom corners.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

  • Attach a suction handle to the left edge of the iPad's display, equidistant from the top and bottom corners.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

While holding down the corners of the device, repeatedly pull up on the display then ease it back down to weaken the adhesive. Once you've opened a small gap between the front panel and the rear case, insert the blade of a halberd spudger or an opening pick in the gap you've created. Do not insert the pick more than 2 millimeters. Going any farther will permanently damage the display assembly. If using a halberd spudger, slice with the shortest part of the blade.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

  • While holding down the corners of the device, repeatedly pull up on the display then ease it back down to weaken the adhesive.

  • Once you've opened a small gap between the front panel and the rear case, insert the blade of a halberd spudger or an opening pick in the gap you've created.

  • Do not insert the pick more than 2 millimeters. Going any farther will permanently damage the display assembly. If using a halberd spudger, slice with the shortest part of the blade.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

Lay a hot iOpener along the bottom left corner of the iPad, spanning from the opening pick to the home button. After letting the adhesive soften, insert a halberd spudger into the iPad next to the opening pick. An opening pick can be used in place of the halberd spudger.  Use caution if using an opening pick, as inserting the pick too far can damage the display assembly.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

  • Lay a hot iOpener along the bottom left corner of the iPad, spanning from the opening pick to the home button.

  • After letting the adhesive soften, insert a halberd spudger into the iPad next to the opening pick.

  • An opening pick can be used in place of the halberd spudger. Use caution if using an opening pick, as inserting the pick too far can damage the display assembly.

  • Cut the adhesive along the bottom left side of the iPad using the halberd spudger. This may require reheating the edge of the iPad.

  • Continue to slide the halberd spudger back and forth to ensure most of the adhesive is separated.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

Insert a pick in the bottom left corner of the iPad to ensure that the adhesive doesn't completely reset. Remove the halberd spudger.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

  • Insert a pick in the bottom left corner of the iPad to ensure that the adhesive doesn't completely reset.

  • Remove the halberd spudger.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

Lay a hot iOpener along the upper left corner of the iPad, spanning from the opening pick to the front-facing camera. After letting the adhesive soften, insert the blade of your halberd spudger into the iPad above the opening pick. Cut the adhesive along the upper left side of the iPad towards the front-facing camera using the halberd spudger. This may require reheating the edge of the iPad.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

  • Lay a hot iOpener along the upper left corner of the iPad, spanning from the opening pick to the front-facing camera.

  • After letting the adhesive soften, insert the blade of your halberd spudger into the iPad above the opening pick.

  • Cut the adhesive along the upper left side of the iPad towards the front-facing camera using the halberd spudger. This may require reheating the edge of the iPad.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

Insert a pick in the upper left corner of the iPad. Remove the halberd spudger. Remove the halberd spudger.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

  • Insert a pick in the upper left corner of the iPad.

  • Remove the halberd spudger.

Schritt 10  ¶ 

Reheat your iOpener and lay it over the top edge of the device. Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften. Once the front panel is adequately heated, insert the blade of a halberd spudger next to the opening pick from the previous step. Slide the blade along the top edge of the iPad, stopping before reaching the front-facing camera.

Schritt 10  ¶ 

  • Reheat your iOpener and lay it over the top edge of the device. Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften.

  • Once the front panel is adequately heated, insert the blade of a halberd spudger next to the opening pick from the previous step.

  • Slide the blade along the top edge of the iPad, stopping before reaching the front-facing camera.

Schritt 11  ¶ 

Insert an opening pick just before the front-facing camera. Insert an opening pick just before the front-facing camera.

Schritt 11  ¶ 

  • Insert an opening pick just before the front-facing camera.

Schritt 12  ¶ 

If necessary, reheat your iOpener and lay it over the top edge of the device. Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften before reinserting the blade of the halberd spudger. Insert the blade of the halberd spudger just past the front-facing camera, on the opposite side of the opening pick. Continue to slide the blade of the halberd spudger to the upper right corner of the iPad.

Schritt 12  ¶ 

  • If necessary, reheat your iOpener and lay it over the top edge of the device. Wait a couple minutes for the adhesive to soften before reinserting the blade of the halberd spudger.

  • Insert the blade of the halberd spudger just past the front-facing camera, on the opposite side of the opening pick.

  • Continue to slide the blade of the halberd spudger to the upper right corner of the iPad.

Schritt 13  ¶ 

Bring the halberd spudger around the corner of the iPad and insert an opening pick in the upper right corner to prevent the adhesive from resettling. Bring the halberd spudger around the corner of the iPad and insert an opening pick in the upper right corner to prevent the adhesive from resettling.

Schritt 13  ¶ 

  • Bring the halberd spudger around the corner of the iPad and insert an opening pick in the upper right corner to prevent the adhesive from resettling.

Schritt 14  ¶ 

Soften the adhesive by heating the right edge of the iPad using an iOpener. Continue using the halberd spudger to cut away the adhesive holding the display assembly in place, stopping at the middle of the right edge.

Schritt 14  ¶ 

  • Soften the adhesive by heating the right edge of the iPad using an iOpener.

  • Continue using the halberd spudger to cut away the adhesive holding the display assembly in place, stopping at the middle of the right edge.

Schritt 15  ¶ 

Remove the pick that was placed in the middle of the top edge of the iPad, next to the front-facing camera. If you have extra opening picks or similar tools you do not need to remove this one. Insert that pick in the middle of the right edge of the iPad.

Schritt 15  ¶ 

  • Remove the pick that was placed in the middle of the top edge of the iPad, next to the front-facing camera.

  • If you have extra opening picks or similar tools you do not need to remove this one.

  • Insert that pick in the middle of the right edge of the iPad.

Schritt 16  ¶ 

Insert the halberd spudger between the display and rear case, along the right edge of the device. Slide the halberd spudger down the side of the iPad to separate the adhesive.

Schritt 16  ¶ 

  • Insert the halberd spudger between the display and rear case, along the right edge of the device.

  • Slide the halberd spudger down the side of the iPad to separate the adhesive.

Schritt 17  ¶ 

Bring the blade of your opening tool around the lower right corner of the device. Insert a pick in the lower right corner of the iPad where you slid the blade through.

Schritt 17  ¶ 

  • Bring the blade of your opening tool around the lower right corner of the device.

  • Insert a pick in the lower right corner of the iPad where you slid the blade through.

  • Remove the halberd spudger.

Schritt 18  ¶ 

Use an iOpener to heat the bottom of the iPad. Insert the blade of a halberd spudger to the left of the opening pick  on the bottom right corner of the iPad. Slide the halberd spudger along the lower edge of the iPad stopping  short about 1 centimeter before reaching the home button.

Schritt 18  ¶ 

  • Use an iOpener to heat the bottom of the iPad.

  • Insert the blade of a halberd spudger to the left of the opening pick on the bottom right corner of the iPad.

  • Slide the halberd spudger along the lower edge of the iPad stopping short about 1 centimeter before reaching the home button.

Schritt 19  ¶ 

Remove the pick in the middle of the left side of the iPad. If you have extra opening picks or similar tools you do not need to remove this one. Insert the pick to the right of home button.

Schritt 19  ¶ 

  • Remove the pick in the middle of the left side of the iPad.

  • If you have extra opening picks or similar tools you do not need to remove this one.

  • Insert the pick to the right of home button.

Schritt 20  ¶ 

Pivot the halberd spudger so that you are slicing with the shortest portion of the blade. Slide the halberd spudger to cut the adhesive below the home button.

Schritt 20  ¶ 

  • Pivot the halberd spudger so that you are slicing with the shortest portion of the blade.

  • Slide the halberd spudger to cut the adhesive below the home button.

Schritt 21  ¶ 

Reinsert the blade of the halberd spudger as deep as it will go. Continue sliding the blade along the edge until you reach the first opening pick you inserted.

Schritt 21  ¶ 

  • Reinsert the blade of the halberd spudger as deep as it will go.

  • Continue sliding the blade along the edge until you reach the first opening pick you inserted.

Schritt 22  ¶ 

Return to step 5 of this guide and ensure the thick portions of adhesive are adequately separated from the display assembly. If they are, continue with this step. Otherwise, slice the adhesive to break it up until the display assembly is freed. The display cables in this iPad are shorter than some users may be comfortable with. Read the following warnings before proceeding:

Schritt 22  ¶ 

  • Return to step 5 of this guide and ensure the thick portions of adhesive are adequately separated from the display assembly. If they are, continue with this step. Otherwise, slice the adhesive to break it up until the display assembly is freed.

  • The display cables in this iPad are shorter than some users may be comfortable with. Read the following warnings before proceeding:

  • Do not pivot the display about the lower edge. The display cables do not have enough slack to allow for this and will tear if you do not slide the display towards the front-facing camera as you lift.

  • The display cables will tear if you raise the display more than 80º.

  • Lift up the upper edge of the display and slide it towards the front-facing camera to access the iPads internal components.

Schritt 23  ¶ 

It's important to disconnect the battery before you proceed further. Detaching or connecting the display cables with the battery plugged in can cause a short that will destroy touchscreen functionality.

Schritt 23  ¶ 

  • It's important to disconnect the battery before you proceed further. Detaching or connecting the display cables with the battery plugged in can cause a short that will destroy touchscreen functionality.

  • To disconnect the battery:

  • First, securely prop up the display so that it won't fall or strain the display cables while you work.

  • Then, remove the nine Phillips screws securing the logic board EMI shield:

  • Eight 1.2 mm screws

  • One 2.4 mm screw

Schritt 24  ¶ 

Lift the logic board EMI shield from the edge nearest the top of the iPad. Peel the EMI shield up from the logic board. This takes a bit of force due to the many tiny clips securing the shield, and the shield may deform slightly. That's okay—try to keep the deformation to a minimum, and it will lay flat when reinstalled and screwed down.

Schritt 24  ¶ 

  • Lift the logic board EMI shield from the edge nearest the top of the iPad.

  • Peel the EMI shield up from the logic board.

  • This takes a bit of force due to the many tiny clips securing the shield, and the shield may deform slightly. That's okay—try to keep the deformation to a minimum, and it will lay flat when reinstalled and screwed down.

  • Remove the logic board EMI shield.

Schritt 25  ¶ 

Remove the 1.8 mm Phillips screw securing the battery connector.

Schritt 25  ¶ 

  • Remove the 1.8 mm Phillips screw securing the battery connector.

Schritt 26  ¶ 

Insert a Battery Blocker or other insulator underneath the logic board to separate it from the battery connector. Leave it there to prevent the battery connector leads from making contact until you have completed your repairs. The rest of the images in this guide show the logic board EMI shield reinstalled, which is incorrect. Follow the instructions, but keep the battery disconnected and do not reinstall the EMI shield until your repairs are complete.

Schritt 26  ¶ 

  • Insert a Battery Blocker or other insulator underneath the logic board to separate it from the battery connector.

  • Leave it there to prevent the battery connector leads from making contact until you have completed your repairs.

  • The rest of the images in this guide show the logic board EMI shield reinstalled, which is incorrect. Follow the instructions, but keep the battery disconnected and do not reinstall the EMI shield until your repairs are complete.

Schritt 27  ¶ 

While supporting the display assembly, remove the following three Phillips screws over the display cable bracket. 2.4 mm Phillips screw 1.2 mm Phillips screw

Schritt 27  ¶ 

  • While supporting the display assembly, remove the following three Phillips screws over the display cable bracket.

  • 2.4 mm Phillips screw

  • 1.2 mm Phillips screw

  • Remove the display cable bracket.

Schritt 28  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the two display data and digitizer cables from their respective sockets on the motherboard. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the two display data and digitizer cables from their respective sockets on the motherboard. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the two display data and digitizer cables from their respective sockets on the motherboard.

Schritt 28  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the two display data and digitizer cables from their respective sockets on the motherboard.

Schritt 29  ¶ 

Remove the display assembly.

Schritt 29  ¶ 

  • Remove the display assembly.

  • Be sure to remove all remaining adhesive from the iPad's enclosure, and install fresh pre-cut adhesive strips when reassembling your iPad.