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Apple iPad Pro 9.7 is almost impossible to repair

Apple iPad Pro 9.7 iOS tablet almost impossible to repair
Apple iPad Pro 9.7
While the iPad Pro 12.9 got a repairability score of 3/10 from iFixit, its smaller sibling only got 2/10, which means repairing it is an extreme endeavour.
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Repairing new devices seems to get harder with each new version that launches. While the guys at iFixit found that repairing the Galaxy S7 is tougher than fixing a Galaxy S6 handset, the time has come for the latest iPad Pro tablet to end up in the same situation.

Although the 9.7-inch iPad Pro starts at $600 USD and comes with a few noticeable improvements when compared to its 12.9-inch sibling, iFixit concluded that repairing it is almost impossible. Back when they disassembled the iPad Pro 12.9, they gave it a 3/10 repairability score, but the new iPad Pro only got a 2/10. The reasons include the use of many small components that can be easily damaged, an impossible to replace Smart Connector, as well as an LCD panel fused with the glass panel, so the risk of damaging them is very high.

All in all, Apple used a lot of glue inside the iPad Pro 9.7 and only a few screws. According to iFixit, it takes around 30 minutes to open up the device. Now, remains to see if this will have any impact on the sales of the device, but probably it will not. However, it might lower its reselling price.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04- 5 (Update: 2016-04- 5)