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A life saver!,
My daughter's iPad Mini fell from her arms and onto the concrete driveway. It landed on a corner, causing the entire screen to shatter.
The price to repair the unit at Apple would have been around $250, which is not far off from the cost of a brand new unit. I decided to try repairing the unit myself, and ordered this part.
I like that several things about this particular part (as opposed to some of the other items available on Amazon):
1. This is an actual Apple repair part, not a counterfeit part of dubious quality.
2. The glass has replacement adhesive already attached to the back of the screen.
3. The glass (digitizer) has the complete home button and control chipset attached to the screen, meaning that replacing the unit is as easy as unplugging two small ribbon cables and then plugging in the new part. No soldering needed. The cheaper versions of this part do NOT have the chip set attached.
The repair process was fairly easy (although required dealing with some very small parts), especially with step-by-steps (such as [...] available on-line. All told, it only took an hour or so to get things back up and running.
Based on my experience, I have two suggestions:
1. The instructions (online) talk about the heat-activated adhesive. But they don't mention that the adhesive on the glass part has a thin plastic cover that needs to be removed using a utility knife or other device to separate the plastic from the adhesive.
2. The blow to the device caused some damage to the underlying LCD unit. It doesn't render the screen unusable by any means, it's my daughters device after all, but it does create a small area where the colors are not quite correct. If you are going to the trouble to replace the glass screen, it's probably worth spending the extra $50 to get a new LCD screen.
I am very pleased with this part and would buy it again should another iPad get damaged.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2013, 8:40:33 AM PST
Which seller did you buy it from?
Posted on May 2, 2014, 5:44:49 AM PDT
Matty G says:
If you you don't go too crazy with the heat and only apply it to the edges there will be no damage to the underlying LCD (I use a heat gun and only hit the edges of the glass with it for a short amount of time)
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2014, 1:26:27 PM PDT
Mr. Bad Example says:
I agree, I made the same error on my first digitizer replacement. One must be careful not to overheat the LCD (it will cause discoloration)--keep the heat as low as possible and only on the bezel area.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2014, 9:57:49 AM PDT
R. GUISIHAN says:
Can a hair dryer do the trick?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2015, 3:15:28 PM PDT
I've used a hair dryer for this kind of repair at least 5 times. It does not work as well, because it does not get quite hot enough, and does not focus the heat quite as well. That means the glue around the frame will not soften quite as much, making it more difficult to remove the hundreds of shards of broken glass that likely will remain glued to the aluminum frame. You will have to work more slowly, and will have to re-heat the frame frequently as you work your way around the perimeter. In around 1/2 the cases, the Wi-Fi antenna, which is glued the underside of the glass, was damaged while removing the glass digitizer. Wi-Fi antennas cost around $4 and are easy to replace at the same time. However, with patience, this repair can be achieved with a hair dryer.
Posted on Aug 4, 2015, 9:56:27 AM PDT
Andrew S. Verdo says:
Was the inside part of the digitizer copper in color around the perimeter?
Posted on Aug 18, 2015, 8:41:11 PM PDT
Adam K. says:
One tip that I learned recently to ensure that your heat when you are removing the old glass is to leave the device turned on with the screen on when you are removing the glass, when you leave the device on if you see any discoloring of the screen while you are applying the heat move it away from that area. If you do not then it will cause permanent damage to the LCD. As long as there is no discoloration before you remove the glass then the LCD should be just fine, if you see any problems with the colors on any area of the screen then it is definitely worth it just to get the new LCD especially when with this device you are having to remove the LCD to get to the ribbon cables for the digitizer. Of course once you are done applying heat to the device, after you know the panel of glass is going to come up but before you fold it over to start removing the LCD make sure you remember to turn the device on.
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