iFixit Releases Tablet Repairability List, Puts Most Apple Tablets Near the Bottom

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Today iFixit released its first "Tablet Repairability" list, which ranks some of the more popular tablets by ease of repairability. The majority of Apple's tablets found themselves near the bottom of the list with a rating of 2/10.

    The list was based on iFixit's findings from its teardown work. Two of the biggest reasons for low repairability scores were excessive adhesive and a high probability of breakage during disassembly. The majority of Apple's iPad family were guilty of one or both of those symptoms.

    The lone Apple tablet with a good repairability rating was the original iPad with a 6/10, notching in below the Nexus 7 on the list. The only negative for the original was that the battery was difficult to remove or replace.

    The list doesn't include every tablet released, but it does include some of the more popular ones like the various Kindle Fire models and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The top tablet on the list was the Dell XPS 10 with a 9/10, while the Microsoft Surface Pro scored worst with a 1/10.

    In the past other Apple products, like the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which received a 1/10, have also received criticism for being difficult to repair from the iFixit team.

    Article Link: iFixit Releases Tablet Repairability List, Puts Most Apple Tablets Near the Bottom
  2. GeekLawyer macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    I can't imagine any scenario in which I would want to attempt to fix or repair my iPad.

    AppleCare pushes the score to 10 for me.
  3. AngelOfSoul macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2013
  4. AngerDanger, Feb 28, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013

    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    They should have another rating to the right, showing how likely these devices will need repairing.

  5. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Its easier to repair an iPad in the apple store ;)
  6. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Not surprising, but the quality makes up for it :)
  7. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Surface is just bad in every way... kinda sad. :eek:
  8. aDRock1154 macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2011
  9. Candlelight macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2011
    New Zealand
    Cheaper to do it yourself though.
  10. Swift macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
    La di da

    If you want a computer you can fix and so on, you'll need something fairly big that you can see into, with enough room to turn a screw and pull out wires and so on, and then put things together. In other words, a big beige tower. Well, get one. Try to imagine an iPad that's easy to fix. It's about twice as big, it has screws and stuff all over. It weighs another twelve pounds. It would cost a lot more. Sadly, iFixit misses the point.
  11. Yamcha macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    Depends on who's using it. My almost three year old brother shattered the glass of the iPad 2 within 3 months of use. The tablet is still functional though.

    So while the internals of the iPad are very unlikely to fail, the glass is easy to break, and will require repair. In fact I think it's very common occurrence with tablets in general.
  12. iMacC2D, Feb 28, 2013
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  13. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Boy that's a real shame. I was hoping up upgrade the ram and processor in my iPad 3.
  14. leman macrumors 604

    Oct 14, 2008
    Well, iFixit makes money out of repairs. They are approaching the point where they are not able to repair them for less than what Apple charges. Of course they will be furious. I do find it hilarious though how they complain about difficulties of battery change on the rMBP and yet Apple will do it for you for $200.
  15. thepowerofnone macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Surely I am not the only one who thinks that YOU have missed the point? I have never ever read an article by iFixit attacking tablets for not being user-repairable, only computers, and to be fair they have a point - non-user replaceable RAM in a 21" all in one is an absolute joke, especially considering the Apple Tax and that Apple doesn't offer its Mac in the highest theoretical configurations they can adopt (as often illustrated by OWC). Soldered RAM and a special SSD is also a bit much, and all this comes from the keyboard of one of those same laptops.

    Not all consumers want repairability, and I imagine very few people buying a tablet especially desire it: what are they going to do - upgrade the RAM themselves? Of course not, they much prefer the additional battery capacity offered by the use of glues, allowing for a bigger battery, which is one of the reasons the iPad is popular - when Apple say 8 hours battery life with light tasks, they build a device which is actually capable of it.

    However, the iFixit scores are ACCURATE in so much as the iPad 2 onwards are undeniably difficult to user-repair, and so what exactly did they miss? Most people don't care that they are difficult to repair, since they have AppleCare (or trust themselves not to break their toy), and so won't give the score much weighting when deciding which tablet is right for them. But I'll tell you what - if I wanted a laptop which I could take apart and modify to my heart's content, and for some reason I bought a Retina Macbook having seen a high repairability score on iFixit, I'd be mighty pissed off when it arrived all sealed with glue/pentalobe screws.

    The Retina and Air are difficult to user-repair; so is the iPad. Fact. iFixit missed nothing. You did.
  16. taxiapple macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    What is so obvious?


    Maybe someone who has a screen needing to be replaced.

    Maybe someone might like to increase the ram.

    Or maybe even someone who might want to replace the battery
  17. DavidTheExpert macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2012
    If you're surprised about this, raise your hand.

    Hmm? No one?

    Seriously though, this is part of what makes Apple products so user friendly. They can't get inside to tinker with them, therefore the general consumer isn't scared of them. Ever seen an average joe look at a laptop with its case removed? They freak out and back up like something is about to blow up.
  18. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Not if you are in the one-year Mfg warranty window or had the basic foresight to get AppleCare
  19. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Not if you screw it up, blow your warranty and have to buy a full retail one.


    They are made from dragon scales and unicorn tears. That's what makes them magical
  20. ifij775 macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Yep, if you want to repair your tablet on the cheap, don't buy an Apple product. If you don't, be sure not to drop it or get AppleCare.
  21. bwhli macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2012
    Boston, MA
  22. turtlez macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    Or maybe they could do the obvious and not buy Apple products. People buy Apple for looks and UX. Unfortunately that comes with the disability for self repair jobs but fortunately there is Apple Care and fortunately Apple mobile devices are the least likely to break according to the other graph released a few days ago. Bottom line - Don't like it, don't buy it.


    ahahaha :D
  23. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Apple are getting great at manufacturing things that don't have a long shelf-life by forcing users to upgrade hardware to get the latest firmware. I doubt I'll be able to keep my current iPad as long as my oldest Apple machine (Powerbook) since once it's out of warranty and Applecare I won't be able to open it up and fix it.
  24. tdtran1025 macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2011
    Use until something breaks and sell it on Craigslist for parts, #!

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