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iPad repair? advice / suggestions welcome

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iPad repair? advice / suggestions welcome

I have an iPad (7th gen) that has a cracked screen, and at the top there actually is a hole right through the screen. Interestingly, it still works, but obviously the screen is only going to get worse, and there are now ridges/edges occurring on the visible screen surface so - it needs to be repaired or retired.

I have been looking into repair options, and I am trying to find a good option to to source the replacement parts. I'm willing to take on the repair myself, but if there is a place that would actually do the repair at a reasonable price I would be open to simplifying things (I'm west GTA - Mississauga to Guelph area).

If anyone has done this and is happy with the parts they used, or knows good sources for the required replacement screen and/or repair service, I welcome the input!

Thanks!
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The problem I have seen with third party screens is the lower quality in comparison to OEM Apple screens.

Personally, I would jump on the new iPad that was announced yesterday.
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audit13 wrote: The problem I have seen with third party screens is the lower quality in comparison to OEM Apple screens.

Personally, I would jump on the new iPad that was announced yesterday.
Yeah... but 429 vs 50/100? is a big jump. This also is meant to teach a bit of a lesson to the person who broke their iPad (ie. you don't just get a brand new device - so take care of what you have)
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You can get OEM screens or at least very high quality ones but they will be more expensive then what you see online + shipping which may not make it worth it. I used to get them often then I would fix apple products. PM me and I can help point you in the correct direction.
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Tiberius wrote: Yeah... but 429 vs 50/100? is a big jump. This also is meant to teach a bit of a lesson to the person who broke their iPad (ie. you don't just get a brand new device - so take care of what you have)
I understand but I've used iPads and iPhones with 3rd party screens and, because I know how goo the original can look, I was never satisfied unless it was an original Apple screen.
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Is it only the glass that's damaged? Or the actual LCD display under the glass?

The glass with digitizer part costs about $30-40 (decent quality). It's an easy and inexpensive fix for most shops.

Unlike an iPhone, the display isn't laminated to the glass which makes it simple.
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Spinner wrote: Is it only the glass that's damaged? Or the actual LCD display under the glass?

The glass with digitizer part costs about $30-40 (decent quality). It's an easy and inexpensive fix for most shops.
The ipad seems to be fine and functions perfectly. I figure I can put a screen protector on it if I fix it and the replacement glass doesn't seem as nice/durable. But, ideally I would like the replacement to be decent if I can somehow identify a better quality product.
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Just wanted to update the thread with my resolution.

I purchased a replacement digitizer screen from esource parts in Mississauga. Also picked up the adhesive and a package of tools for the job. They sold everything separately, but the price for the Screen was 19.99.

The repair is done and the IPad is fixed for under $40.

I definitely recommend watching a few YouTube tutorials first to pick up various details and tips to assist in the process.

A hairdryer doesn’t cut it to remove the old screen… maybe it could work, but it really was a slow frustrating start. I switched to an embossing heat tool (hotter than a heat gun so I was careful to not overheat). Things went quickly after that.

The adhesive I got was two sided tape in the exact shape required for the screen - but NOT attached to the screen. This turned out to be very frustrating to try to carefully attach as it had to line up pretty much perfect. I would definitely just get a role of 2mm tape or the b-7000 type adhesive people suggest if doing it again.

I also had a scare when testing the repair when the device wouldn’t power on. It turns out this happens to a lot to people, and doing the 3 second power button hold, press down Home for 10 seconds while still holding the power button, then release the power button ‘trick’ worked to get it powered on.

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