The latest Apple news from the experts in Mac, iPhone, iPod, and iPad Repair. This blog covers everything from new repair guide releases to tips and tricks to the latest take aparts on the newest gadgets.

How to Take Apart the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ 2014 Model

June 12th, 2015

Our video showing how to take apart the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ – 2014 models is now up. The video covers how to take apart the e-reader including logic board and display.

The video can be found embedded below or on our site at the link below:

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ (3rd Gen) Repair Guide

How to Take Apart the Macbook Pro Retina 13″ A1502

May 18th, 2015

Our video showing how to take apart the Macbook Pro 13″ Retina model # A1502 is now up. The video covers how to take apart the Macbook Pro including the logic board and display.

The video can be found embedded below or on our site at the link below:

13″ Macbook Pro Retina Take Apart Guide A1502 Model

How to Take Apart the Macbook Pro Retina 15″ A1398

May 13th, 2015

Our video showing how to take apart the Macbook Pro 15″ Retina model # A1398 is now up. The video covers how to take apart the Macbook Pro including the logic board and display.

The video can be found embedded below or on our site at the link below:

15″ Macbook Pro Retina Take Apart Guide

How to Take Apart the iPad Mini 2

May 5th, 2015

Our video showing how to take apart the iPad Mini 2 is now up. The video covers how to take apart the iPad Mini 2 with model numbers A1489 and A1490 and A1491. The video covers the entire dis-assembly including the battery, LCD display screen, and logic board.

The video can be found embedded below or on our site at the link below:

iPad Mini 2 Take Apart Guide

How to Take Apart the iPad Air 2

April 24th, 2015

Our video showing how to take apart the iPad Air 2 is now up. The video covers how to take apart the iPad Air 2 with model numbers A1566 and A1567. The video covers the entire dis-assembly including the battery, LCD display screen, and logic board.

The video can be found embedded below or on our site at the link below:

iPad Air 2 Take Apart Guide

How to Take Apart the iPhone 6 Plus

April 20th, 2015

Our video showing how to take apart the iPhone 6 Plus is now up. The video covers how to take apart the iPhone 6 plus with model numbers A1522 and A1524. The video covers the entire dis-assembly including the battery, LCD display screen, and logic board.

The video can be found embedded below or on our site at the link below:

iPhone 6 Take Apart Guide

How to Take Apart the iPhone 6

April 13th, 2015

Our video showing how to take apart the iPhone 6 is now up. The video covers how to take apart the iPhone 6 with model numbers A1549 and A1586. The video covers the entire dis-assembly including the battery, LCD display screen, and logic board.

The video can be found embedded below or on our site at the link below:

iPhone 6 Take Apart Guide

Macbook Pro Retina 15.4″ LED Screens Now Available

December 18th, 2012


We now have availability on 15.4″ Screens for the Macbook Pro Retina A1398 models. The part is available from the link below:

Apple MacBook Pro Retina A1398 WXGA 15.4″ LED LCD Screen

The screen is compatible with the following systems:

MacBook Pro 15.4″ 2.3GHz Core i7 (A1398) – Mid 2012 MC975LL/A , MC975LL/A
MacBook Pro 15.4″ 2.6GHz Core i7 (A1398) – Mid 2012 MC976LL/A , MC976LL/A
MacBook Pro 15.4″ 2.7GHz Core i7 (A1398) – Mid 2012 MC976LL/A ,MC976LL/A

Retina Macbook Pro Display Repair Now Available

December 10th, 2012


Today we are announcing a repair program for the 15″ Macbook Pro Retina Displays. Due to the way the displays on the Macbook Pro Retina models are manufactured, replacing just the LCD is no longer an option for repair. The displays are assembled in layers, and repairing them requires rebuilding these layers. The process is similar to the newer Macbook Air models for which we have a similar program.

The 15″ Macbook Pro Retina display repair program details are available at the link below:

Macbook Pro Retina Display Repair Program

Pricing for the service is $549.95 for display only repair or $644.95 if you send in the entire machine.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Take Apart – First Look Inside

November 19th, 2012


Another day…another take apart. Today it’s the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ on the chopping block. Externally the device is very similar to the Kindle Fire HD 7″, but internally it’s another beast entirely.

It looks like Samsung is another winner in supplying parts for the Kindle fire as they are supplying both the ram and flash memory as well as the Display ( ltl089cl02-001) (Texus Instruments is the supplier for the processor is this model. We improperly noted it was Samsung in the first revision of this post.)

One thing unique about this device is that it appears to be using a dual battery design with two battery cells connected via a battery controller board, but with two separate logic board connections. The battery seems on the small side at 6000MAH 22.2wh.

In most Kindle models, the back case has just been cosmetic and is the first thing removed, however in this model most of the internals are attached to the back case. This will make changing out the LCD / Digitizer assembly a piece of cake. ( Of course the digitizer and LCD are fused as seems to be the norm nowadays.)

To see the exploded view (Part Locator) for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, click here.

On to the take apart.

Here is the initial pre-take apart photo.
Use a flat pry tool all around the back casing to undo the clips holding the back case to the display.
The two halves will separate but remain connected by the LVDS and digitizer cables.
Disconnect the LVDS Cable and the digitizer cable. The two halves will separate.
Working on the half with the battery, remove the 16 Philips #00 screws holding the heat shield on the battery.
The heat shield lifts out.
Disconnect both battery connectors.
Disconnect the LVDS cable from the logic board. (LVDS cable part number: PN PCB: 30-000348 Rev 06 MFC3 DC 4112)
Disconnect Micro-Usb / Micro-HDMI cable from logic board.
Ports lift out. (Part number PCB 30-000346 Rev 07
MFC DC 4112)
Remove antistatic tape from speaker connectors.
Disconnect the right and left speaker cables.
Disconnect volume and headphone board flex cable.
Logic board lifts out.
Disconnect and remove daughterboard flex cable.
(Part number PCB: 30-000347 REV 06
MFC3 DC4112)
Disconnect and remove camera (Part number 12p2bf105
l:240e2 4)
Disconnect ambient light sensor.
Disconnect the two wi-fi cables.
Wireless daughterboard lifts up. Includes antenna / light sensor / camera.
Remove the black adhesive on the middle of the battery.
Use a flat tool to lift up the battery to break the adhesive bond…apply pressure from several points so as not to damage the battery. (Part Numbers: 6000MAH 22.2wh,
PN: SWD P/N S2012-002-D, Type P/N 58-000015, Model No. S2012-002)
The battery lifts out.
Disconnect volume flex cable (Part Number PCB: 30 000345 REV06)
Remove antenna board / camera holder.
Disconnect ambient light sensor. (Part number: PCB: 30-000429 MFC3 DC4012)
Remove 2 Philips # 00 screws from the headphone board.
Remove headphone board.
Remove 1 Philips head screw from emi shield over power button and volume cables.
Volume and power buttons slide out.
Volume power button cable held on with adhesive. Use flat tool to pry out.
Lift cable assembly up and out.
Here’s the logic board with heat shields removed. The main thing to note are the memory and flash are both made by Samsung. (RAM K3PF/E700M GKG82497, Flash KLMAG2GE4A-A001)
That’s it. The LCD and digitizer are fused together, so that is the process for the components that can be removed.