iFixit’s teardown of the brand new M4 iPad Professional reveals an easier-to-replace battery

iFixit’s teardown of the brand new M4 iPad Professional reveals an easier-to-replace battery


The is de facto, actually skinny. That’s inevitably going to make sure points of repairing the gadget much more tough, which confirmed in a teardown revealed this weekend. However it does shine in a single space — in terms of changing the battery, Apple made some critically useful modifications.

“For the primary time in an iPad Professional, we’re capable of take away the battery instantly after eradicating the display screen,” Teardown Tech Shahram Mokhtari wrote in a weblog publish. Mokhtari notes that “instantly is relative,” as there are nonetheless some screws and brackets to take away earlier than the battery will be taken out, and the video documenting the method reveals it takes a bit of labor to get to the pull tabs beneath the batteries, however the brand new setup nonetheless shaves hours off the method in comparison with earlier fashions.

“The truth that you possibly can take away the battery with out having to take away each main part inside this gadget continues to be an enormous win for repairability,” Mokhtari says within the video. “It’s a large enchancment over the earlier era.” The whole lot else, however, goes to be fairly tough to restore with out inflicting harm. “From the daughterboard to the audio system and coax cables, we discovered a complete bunch of stuff that’s glued down as a result of there simply isn’t sufficient area for screws,” Mokhtari wrote.

And, the teardown reveals the brand new Apple Pencil Professional is a repairability nightmare. Mokhtari — who received minimize by the Pencil whereas attempting to get to its insides — referred to as it “a disposable piece of crap as soon as the battery dies.”

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