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Some flaws in repair guides plus nice idea

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i recently repaired a broken screen on a iPod touch 4G and a ipad 3 wifi + cellular. As usual i reffered to the guides but i found some flaws.

1.)In the repair guide for the ipod touch you mention about using a heat gun. But not a single word about the temperature i should use, just that it should be set to "low". This is a little bit confusing because is the low on your heat gun the same temperature as on my heat gun. In a guide from another page they where talking about 130°C. Is "low" a 130°C?

2.) In Step 24 (second picture) of the repair guide for the iPad3 4G you see an iPad without cellular antennas on the next picture these antennas are shown. Another thing is, i should be carefull not to damage the WiFi antenna but in Step 19 when working in the area of the cellular antennas, no warning to be carefull there as well.

Its not a flaw but something that helped me a lot, was a Jelly Sticky Pad. If you place your device on this pad you have another free hand to work with as the workpiece wont slide away during open it.

And at last i was thinking about what i could use as iOpener and found a substitute, a simple flat iron does the job perfectly and does not need to be reheatet.

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Hi Crisb, thanks for your interest and care in helping us to improve our guides. I’ll see if I can address your two points:

1. In the iPod Touch 4th Gen Front Panel guide, we recommend the use of a heat gun or hair dryer in a circular pattern for even heat dissipation. Like you say, we refer to using a “low” setting. Just like most people don’t usually use a thermometer in their microwave dinners, we don’t expect our readers to heat up their iPods to a specific temperature, so we don’t give one. In general, be cautious and use the lowest setting available so you don’t overheat components.

2. You’re correct that in step 24 of our iPad front panel replacement guide we’re showing a Wi-Fi version of the iPad. The procedure is identical for all varieties of iPad 2 and 3. The reason we mention the Wi-Fi antenna (in step 11) but make no mention of the cellular/GPS antennas in the opening procedure is not neglect, but because the cellular/GPS antennas are physically very different, and much more ruggedly secured to the rear case. They are not at risk with our opening procedure.

Your last two suggestions are very interesting! I’ll definitely pass them on to our tool department, and it’s great that you’re sharing them with the community. If I may offer a word of caution, using a flatiron could be very dangerous for your device if you aren’t careful. The benefit of the iOpener is that once it’s applied to the iPad, it doesn’t get any hotter, and transfers only a safe amount of heat to the iPad’s adhesive, minimizing the risk to your LCD and logic board.

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Andrew Goldberg, you need to use a flat iron more often :-) All the ones I have tore apart, which is quite a few having a predominantly female household, show great temperature control on those devices. The great thing is that this is the temperature on the plates. I would think that they are more accurate with the heat one applies to the iPad than a hot air gun :-) It is actually a great idea :))

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bit of a silly thing to say about irons... who on earth would buy an iron capable of ironing "delicates" if there was a chance it'd burn a hole in your clothes? temperature control is pretty darn good. just remember to turn steam control off and it should be a good, cheap, reliable alternative to spending money on something you may only use once. It makes ecological sense.

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Hi Andrew,

thanks for your answer.

I have used the guides quite often and they where always very precise, as for the iPod and iPhone guides i have used before.

Heat gun:

I own a heat gun where you can set the temperature, in steps of five degrees and there is no setting for "low". So i was confused by "low", because what temperature is "low"? Is "low" always the same temperature on all heat guns out there? If the guide would say "set to low or (lets say) 120°C" thats something to deal with, because 120°C is always and everywhere 120°C. The ones without a thermometer set to low, the ones with a thermometer could check and the ones with a heat gun like me set to 120°C.

iPad glass removal:

As i had to wait for the spare parts to be delivered, i was loocking for some repair videos on youtube and they all talk about areas to be carefull with during repair. As the WiFi-Antenna, home button, digitizer cable, cellular and gps antenna and front facing camera.

If you have guides for the iPad3 with and extra section for the 4G versions. why do you use the picture of a WiFi iPad in the 4G section and dont even mention that there are the gps and cellular antenna?

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The sticky pad was really helpfull. I put the iPad onto the sticky pad. Then I warmed up the area to pry open with the flat iron and inserted the pry tool. I warmed up the adhesive and followed with the pry tool, working along the outlines. This way only the part to be released is heated up and you can work constantly all the way around.

Greets,

Chrisb

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