Is iPad Air easier to repair than Microsoft Surface Pro 2? Or, is it the other way around? Read on to know more.
The best way to know if a gadget is repairable is to take it apart, bit by bit and see if it can be assembled afterwards, much like a jigsaw puzzle. This is called Reverse Engineering. If you guys watched the 2003 film "Paycheck," starring Ben Affleck, then this is what he does as a reverse engineer.
In order to know which of the two gadgets mentioned above is easier to repair, iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 2 were both torn down by the guys at iFixit.
The iPad Air received a repairability score of 2 out of 10 from iFixit. A score of 10 is the easiest to repair.
"The changes to the new iPad are bad for repairability, but not quite bad enough to halve its score from 2 to 1. It was an extremely close call, though. We wrestled with the decision for quite a long time before reaching our conclusion," wrote iFixit in an email to The Register UK.
Just like its iPad predecessors, the iPad Air's front panel is glued to the rest of the device. According to iFixit, this greatly increases the chances of the glass cracking during a repair.
The iPad Air was torn down by iFixit in 24 steps. To check out the detailed process with pictures, click here.