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Product is as advertised. This job requires working with very small parts and thin glass.
on February 4, 2015
5 stars for the product, it is what it says it is. However this thing is difficult to replace. If you have large hands or are not ready to get into the guts of your ipad mini, walk away. Of course walking away means giving apple $150 to do the replacement. Maybe it's worth the gamble on getting into the guts even if you have large hands! Here are my notes from my screen swap;
*First the package includes a link to a video created by "screencountry.com". The video is pretty good. However! The guide has you replacing the inner LCD as well. When it gets to the part about removing the tape from the inner LCD, ignore that part.
*First you have to get the glass off. The theory is you heat the edges with a hair dryer to loosen the glue and lift with the suction cups to squeeze in the "slyply" tool. Great theory, unless your glass is shattered like mine. Then the suction cups don't really help. I found using credit cards to stop the screen from re-sticking helped. Under the glass is a LCD screen. Be careful not to scratch the LCD screen while removing the glass. For those with broken glass, you end up using the scraper tool to get each piece of glued on glass off. Glass goes everywhere! Also, for mine, the metal edge had bent in where the ipad had hit the ground. I had to bend the metal back out so the new glass would fit. Another note, don't lift by the home button. There are cables there. You will lift the glass off starting by the camera side. I suggest watching one of the youtube videos
*now you unscrew the LCD. These are tiny screws. I've replaced hardrives, RAM, repaired eyeglasses, etc. These are smaller. Plan to have a place to save the screws. Again, lift starting at the camera side as you don't want to break the cables
*Then you remove the metal plate which involves removing 16 screws that are even smaller then the LCD screws. This is where large hands won't help you. Then you remove a 2nd smaller metal plate
*you remove the cable connectors with out breaking the cables or connectors. The video shows using the scrapper tool or similar and that worked fine.
*This is where the video leads you astray. The video is replacing both the glass and the LCD but we are only replacing the glass. So when the video says "remove the tape" from the LCD, don't. Just leave the LCD there and slip out the glass cable from under it. The small scraper tool worked great to lift the cable off. Your old glass is now removed.
*slip the new glass cable under the LCD. Reconnect the glass cable and then the LCD cable
*screw the metal plates back on. Screw the LCD back on.
*before you take off the adhesive cover, just place the glass over the LCD and turn the ipad back on and test. Then turn it off again. If it doesn't work, check the cable connections. You can't do anything after it's glued down again so I would test.
*important note not in the video. There is a small magnet attached to the original glass. This allows the apple cover to snap to the ipad and auto shut off. Move the magnet to your new glass! I missed this as it wasn't in the video.
*clean up the LCD. It will be full of your finger prints and you can't clean it once the glass is back on. I suggest having screen cleaner available before you start
*take off the adhesive covers on the glass before you remove the protective film. Also, this glass is extremely thin. Be very careful handling it.
*On mine, the home button doesn't work that well now. I suspect I didn't have it lined up prior to sticking the glass back down. Check your home button and make sure it looks good.
*remove the glass protective film from the inside. Line up your glass carefully and stick it to the ipad
Your done. It looks good. I'm a bit nervous on how well the glass will stick down so I'm going to buy a new cover. Also, because I didn't move the magnet over I can't use one of the fancy apple covers now