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macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 11, 2009
Before I wade into this minefield, I wanted to ask the folks here about their experiences. I bought my dad a 7th gen (the EDU $320 version) a few summers back and, naturally, he cracked the screen in several places with his ogre hands. I'm buying a new 12.9 for him and will take this old one. Looks like replacement screens are like $30-40. Any more and I can't imagine doing it because it was like $250 retail when I bought it. The home button is fine; it just has a few spiderweb areas...Thanks for reading!


macrumors 601
Aug 28, 2012
Between the coasts
Have you reviewed the guide at Assuming there's no damage to the LCD and assuming you have the necessary tools... at a minimum you need the front glass assembly and adhesive strips. Their parts prices are higher than the price you quote. If you need some tools, this project could quickly go beyond your budget.

They estimate 0.75 to 3 hours to perform the front glass replacement. I'd expect for someone inexperienced in this sort of work that 3 hours is closer to correct. There's a lot that can go wrong - mostly damage that can occur during opening/reassembly and/or discovering the LCD is damaged.

Should you do it? I have no idea of your experience/skills. I'd suggest you should have some experience working on iPhones (which are easier to repair) before taking on an iPad.

ATL Golfer

macrumors newbie
May 16, 2011
It really bothers me that Apple places such a high price on their repairs. They'd rather you throw the current one in the trash, filling up electronic waste, and buy a new one. Make a product that is not susceptible to breaking or create a reasonable repair process. Doing neither is ridiculous.

I have three iPads at home with broken screens. Two without Apple Care. Air 2 = $300(US) repair; Mini 4 = $200.
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macrumors regular
Sep 23, 2021
Right now Apple has refurbished 7th gen iPads for $209 and 8th gen for $269. Personally, I wouldn’t spend the money and time to fix the one you have. You could just put a screen protector on it and use it as is.
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