11-inch Ipad Pro Disassembly: This Tablet Is Good To Dismantle Not Repair


[Bestbuy618 Tablet Channel]A year after releasing the full-screen iPhone, Apple finally released the full-screen iPad – 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is also the most critical update of iPad in recent years. Affected by large-screen smartphones, the tablet is not having a good day, market sales are declining, but Apple is still insisting on “spoiling” the iPad, as the “most profitable” technology company, naturally has a long-term plan. According to Apple’s current product update strategy, the iPad Pro is a market productivity tool that is very different from the main audio and video entertainment tablet.

Furthermore, it is clear that Apple is tapping into the design, creation, education, and other segments of the market, which are potential stocks between the B- and C-side application scenarios, during the promotion process. Take education as an example, there are schools at home and abroad trying online and distance education, and students and teachers complete some teaching content through the tablet. And the future will undoubtedly generate more demand with the content, function follow-up.

Furthermore, by including an Apple Pencil and a keyboard-style smart double-sided clip, the iPad Pro as a productivity tool improves function and efficiency. Although this is a departure from Steve Jobs’ initial positioning of the tablet, it is more in line with market demand.

Apple’s latest iPad Pro is available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch models, both in silver and dark sky gray, with a Liquid retina display, ProMotion adaptive refresh rate technology, and wide color gamut display (P3). The new iPad Pro, unlike the previous iPad, has a Type-C port and comes with an 18W Type-C power adapter.

As an important new upgrade, the new iPad Pro is equipped with a 64-bit A12X bionic processor, with embedded M12 co-processor, integrated 7-core GPU, and neural network engine. In terms of cameras, the rear 12 megapixel, f/1.8 aperture, intelligent HDR, and 4K shooting (30/60 fps) are supported; the front 7 megapixel original deep camera, f/2.2 aperture, intelligent HDR, portrait mode, animated emoji, and mimic my expression, and, of course, the most important Face ID are not.

The new iPad Pro comes with a quad-speaker system with five microphones, wireless network support (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), simultaneous dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), HT80 MIMO technology, and Bluetooth 5.0 technology. Storage capacities range from 64GB to 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB, with cellular network support. As a user, in my opinion, the new iPad Pro has become the best tablet in the market after the elimination of the Home button, support for Face ID, upgraded full-screen and processor, it is really normal to grow grass, the only thing to worry about may be the price (of course, this is also the most critical). However, unlike smartphones, a tablet’s “service life” is much longer, so maintenance and other after-sales issues must still be considered.

So, how does the new iPad Pro perform in terms of maintainability? Here, we go through the well-known foreign website iFixit to bring the disassembly to find out! The iFixit disassembly for the new 11-inch iPad Pro, equipped with a resolution of 2388 1668 (264 ppi, 600 nits brightness) LED-backlit Liquid retina display. Before disassembling the new 11-inch iPad Pro, iFixit

Also, after replacing Lightning with Type-C, the Apple Pencil must be wirelessly charged via the magnetic area on the side of the tablet (the dark part in the image below). Furthermore, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, which means Type-C will be subject to more plugging and unplugging tasks… Let’s get started with the official disassembly! Still from the screen, soften the adhesive after the warp and suction cups, lift the screen (and disassembly of the new iPhone set similar). When removing the screen, pay attention to the two connecting wires.

The image below shows the inside of the new Liquid retina display, including the screen circuit board and the chip, the red box in the picture below for Parade Technologies DP825 timing controller (the same as the 10.5-inch iPad Pro); orange box for Texas Instruments TPS65158 (iFixit speculation may be TPS65168 LCD bias IC A modified version of the TPS65168 LCD bias IC); and yellow box for Intersil 248.

The red box in the picture below is STMicroelectronics STB601A0 PMIC; the orange box is 343S00252-A0 1834PHHE; the yellow box is 343S00257-A0 1834PHGI; the green box is 343S00248-A0 1835NHGY; the light blue box is 343S00235 88A49H8 D TI; the blue box is P13DPXT2 05A

According to iFixit, this module is essentially the same as the one used in the iPhone X, with the exception that the shape has been adjusted; similarly, the rear camera is the same as the previous iPad, only thinner to fit the body. Furthermore, the lack of OIS can be a difficult hurdle when shooting video with shake (iFixit believes this is a design compromise). Here’s a look at the speaker, the module consisting of tweeter and woofer is not easily disassembled. The woofer magnet, in particular, is almost “nailed” to the housing, so we can only hope it won’t be easily damaged…

Next, we’ll disassemble the wireless charging coil that charges the second-generation Apple Pencil. It wasn’t easy, and when the outer shield was removed, some of the capacitors fell off. This wireless charging electronics board contains an STMicroelectronics STM32L476JGY6 ARM Cortex MCU, which appears to require special care.

Finally, unlike the previous iPad, the Type-C connector is completely modular! This means that the cost of replacing it can be much lower, which is still important for such a high frequency wear and tear component. Here is the Apple Pencil priced at $999… One-piece design, there is obviously no way to access the interior without destroying it.

The only thing that can be replaced should be the nib.

The iFixit engineer was scratched while disassembling the Apple Pencil (the Band-Aid on the lower left thumb steals the show). The wireless charging device can be seen on the pencil, with the front end being a black coil that looks like a mesh capacitor. There is also a collection of components in the tiny Apple Pencil.

The red area in the image below represents the power supply; the orange box represents the wireless charging coil; the yellow area represents the magnet attached to the iPad Pro; the green area represents the Broadcom 59358A0 touchpad control chip (the second generation Apple Pencil supports simple touch operation); and the light blue area represents the Custom Apple 343S00250 IC.

Type-C ports with independent modular design, as well as physical button optimization, reduce the difficulty of maintenance. The new iPad Pro still has some issues that are common with Apple products, namely adhesives. A large number of modules held together by adhesives are difficult to replace; for example, the battery is reinforced twice by an easily disassembled pull tab and a difficult-to-handle adhesive, so replacing it requires some effort. Furthermore, the LCD and glass panels are fused together, increasing the cost of maintenance while decreasing the difficulty of disassembly.