Replacing the OLED iPad Pro’s battery is easier than ever


Apple’s newest iPad Pro is remarkably rigid for how thin it is, and apparently also a step forward when it comes to repairability. iFixit shows during its teardown of the tablet that the iPad Pro’s 38.99Wh battery, which will inevitably wear down and need replacement, is actually easy to get to. It’s a change iFixit’s Shahram Mokhtari says during the video “could save hours in repair time” compared to past iPad Pro models.

Getting to it still requires removing the glued-in tandem OLED screen, which iFixit notes in the video and its accompanying blog isn’t two panels smashed together, but a single OLED board with more electroluminescence layers per OLED diode. With the screen out of the way, iFixit was essentially able to pull the battery almost immediately (after removing the camera assembly and dealing with an aluminum lip beneath that, which made some of the tabs hard to get to). For previous models, he notes, you have to pull out “every major component.”

The battery is surprisingly accessible in the 13-inch OLED iPad Pro.
Screenshot: iFixit

After that, though, the thinness proves to be an issue for iFixit, as many of the parts are glued in, including the tablet’s logic board. In the blog, the site goes into more detail here, mentioning that the glue means removing the speakers destroys them, and the tablet’s daughter board is very easy to accidentally bend.

The site also found that the 256GB model uses only one NAND storage chip, meaning it’s technically slower than dual-chip storage. As some Verge readers may recall, that’s also the case for M2 MacBook Air’s entry-level storage tier. But as we noted then (and as iFixit says in its blog), that’s not something people who aren’t pushing the device will notice, and those who are may want more storage, regardless.

This used to be an Apple Pencil Pro.
Screenshot: iFixit

But you can’t say the same for Apple’s new $129 Apple Pencil Pro, which shouldn’t shock anyone. Mokhtari was forced to cut into the pencil using an ultrasonic cutter, a moment he presented as “the world’s worst ASMR video.” (That happens just after the five-minute mark, in case you want to mute the video right there to avoid the ear-piercing squeal of the tool.) Unlike the iPad Pro itself, the Pencil Pro’s battery was the last thing he could get to.

By the time Mokhtari is done, the pencil is utterly destroyed, of course. He says the site will have a full chip ID soon that will include images of the MEMS sensor that drives the pencil’s barrel roll feature that lets you twist the pencil to adjust the rotation of on-screen art tools.

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