Apple’s $329 iPad, officially dubbed the iPad (5th generation), is a lot like the iPhone SE insofar as Apple is revisiting a design from 2013, putting more modern components in it, and selling it for a relatively low price. We already knew from the size, weight, and other specs that the iPad 5 was going to be a lot like the original iPad Air, and a teardown from iFixit reveals just how similar the tablets are inside and out.
For starters, the glass on the front of the tablet and the LCD panel aren’t fused together as they are in the iPad Air 2 or either of the Pros.
This makes it possible to replace either the glass or the LCD without having to replace both, which can make some kinds of repairs cheaper to do (laminated screens make for thinner devices, though, and they can also improve contrast and make colors seem more vivid). This is still an iPad, though, and Apple’s tablets (for whatever reason) remain more difficult to fix than its phones—the battery is held in with a lot of glue, and opening the tablet up in the first place is going to require a heating pad to soften the glue holding the glass and the aluminum base together.
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