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.

Google Nexus 10 Take Apart First Look

November 16th, 2012


Today we received and promptly disassembled the Google Nexus 10. In usual fashion we’ll release the take apart video next week, but wanted to go ahead and post the preliminary take apart steps and photos. The model we’ve taken apart is the 16GB Wi-FI model. Model # GT-P8110.

One thing that struck us about this disassembly was the complete ease of taking this tablet apart. Whereas Apple seems to be making it more and more difficult to repair devices by combining parts and using as much glue as possible, Google seems to be taking the complete opposite approach. The end result is a device that is extremely repairable. Go Google!

Another interesting note is how many of the components in the device are manufactured by Samsung. It appears that the battery, processor, and flash memory are all made by Samsung. Is this Google’s way of capitalizing on the drift between Apple and Samsung?

To view the Part Locator (Exploded View) for the Nexus 10, click here.

Click on any photo below to view a larger image.

nexus 10 unboxed Here’s the initial pre take apart photo.
Begin the take apart by flipping the Nexus 10 over and take off the back cover plate.
Remove 5 Philips #00 screws under the back cover.
Work your way around the display using a flat tool and suction cup to separate the display and internals from the back case.
The back case should separate easily from the rest of the Nexus 10.
You can now remove any green anti-static tape you see in the unit. The next step is to disconnect the battery. The battery connector is rubberized as opposed to plastic and has flexibility. This means it would be very difficult to break the battery connector when disconnecting it. Again, another plus to the repairability factor.
Disconnect the three orange cables. Digitizer cable (far left orange cable). Part #: MANTA GT-P8110 GT-P8110KTL. Dock Connector / Microphone / LED cable. LCD Display cable Part #GT-P8110_LCD_FPCB Rev. 1.0 (Manufactured 9/18/2012)
Remove the 11 Philips #00 screws holding down the battery. The battery lifts up and out.
Battery Specs: Samsung Li-Ion 3.75V 22.75Wh 9000 mah SP3496A8H. GB/T18287-2000
Disconnect 2 #00 philips screws holding the charging dock / microphone assembly. Some light adhesive holds it in place and then just lift out. Part # CUCIALTEC GT-P8110 POGO_MIC_RGBW LED FPCP
Disconnect micro USB cable. Disconnect Speaker cable (immediately next to micro USB)
Disconnect front facing camera. The camera just lifts out.
Remove 1 philips #00 screw holding LED flash. Unplug flex cable. Flash pops out.
Rear facing camera pops off with flat tool.Part #: DGC39V87 TP8110_G
The volume buttons are held on with loose adhesive and come out easily with the aid of a flat pry tool.
Disconnect the right speaker cable. The speaker lifts up and out.
Remove 3 #00 Philips screws holding down the emi shield on the micro usb + headphone board + vibrator assembly.

You can now lift the emi shield out and lift up on the vibrator assembly.
Remove one screw holding down logic board.
The logic board lifts up and out. There is a slight adhesive where the vibrator assembly cable goes under the logic board.
You can now remove the left speaker.
Remove 2 Philips #00 screws holding the Micro HDMI board. The board just lifts out.Part # GT-p8110hdmifpcb Macufactured 9/12/12
The volume cable in held in place with adhesive. Use a flat tool to remove. Part # GT-P8110 PBA DS.HF. R. RO.7 C39.
There are two heat shields on the logic board that can be removed by removing the 7 Philips head #00 screws. This allows you to disconnect the vibrator assembly. Here is some info from some of the logic board chips.(Flash Memory – SAMSUNG KLMAG2F2A) (Processor – SAMSUNG EXYNOS GZE003D1 K30F2F200M)(Broadcom – Wireless)(Amtel – mxt1664s)
That’s it. The Nexus 10 display and digitizer are fused together, so that is where the take apart ends.

iPad Mini Take Apart Video Released

November 2nd, 2012

We just released our iPad Mini Take apart guide. The guide shows you how to open the iPad Mini and remove the various components. The iPad Mini is fairly easy to open up, especially if you’ve opened other iPad models. The video is embedded below:

iPad 4 Parts Now Available

November 2nd, 2012

iPad 4 Parts are now available from our online store from the link below. From the iPad 4 Glass digitizer to the iPad 4 battery, we are carrying a complete line of parts for the 4th Generation iPad.

iPad 4 Parts

Below is a photo of all of the parts of the iPad 4th Generation from the take apart we performed today.

iPad Mini Part Locator Now Available

November 2nd, 2012


The Part Locator for the new iPad Mini is available from the link below:

iPad Mini Part Locator

iPad Mini Parts Now Available

November 2nd, 2012


iPad Mini Parts are now available from our online store from the link below. From the iPad Mini Glass digitizer to the iPad Mini battery, we are carrying a complete line of parts for this device.

iPad Mini Parts

Below is a photo of all of the parts of the iPad Mini from the take apart we performed today.

iPad Mini Parts

Phone Dropped in Lake Found and Works 6 Months Later

November 1st, 2012


A few weeks back there was a popular article on Reddit about a man who dropped his phone in a lake and found it 6 months later when the level of the lake dropped. Miraculously, after plugging in the phone, the phone still partially worked. The link to that article is below:

http://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/119lqf/iphone_dropped_into_a_lake_in_april_i_just_got_it/

To our pleasure, Ken from the article brought in this iPhone for us to take a look at. The phone was one of the most corroded phones we’ve ever seen. (One of the most because lake water doesn’t corrode quite as bad as urine does. ) The internals of the unit were actually in pretty good shape all things considered.

With our new iPhone Logic Board Repair program we were able to get the board and dock connector cleaned up enough to be able to connect it a computer and upgrade to i0S 6. (Had Ken wanted the data from the phone, we could have recovered it, but he opted for a restore. )

This was about the extent to which the iPhone functioned however. The digitizer worked, but the LCD had a halo effect around the edges. The rear camera worked, but the front facetime camera did not due to unrepairable corrosion on the facetime connector. Heavy corrosion also prevented the speaker assembly and wi-fi to work on the iPhone as well.

The battery on the unit would swell when plugged in, and as this was a hazard to our staff, we replaced it.

The midframe and screws were in the worst shape due to rust. The volume button screw had rusted to the point where the volume buttons pushed into the phone when pressed. The sim card eject lever had also rusted and broken which made removing the sim difficult.

While the logic board in the phone was partially functional, we replaced the board in the phone to test the rest of the internals such as the speakers and the cameras. The speakers worked albeit with a horrible muddy sound. The cameras worked as well but produced cloudy images.

The story of this phone is pretty incredible. The fact that it functioned to the extent it did after seeing the type of damage inside is miraculous.

A big thanks to Ken for letting us work on this one.


iPhone Logic Board Repair for Liquid Damage

October 26th, 2012


Today we are extending our Mac logic board repair service to iPhones.

We now provide Liquid damage iPhone Repair. The service is a flat $69.95 including parts and labor. If we can’t fix the board, there is no charge. The service includes sending a box for your device.

Full details can be found at the link below:

iPhone Logic Board Repair Service

How to Take Apart the Macbook 13 Inch Retina

October 25th, 2012


Today, we took apart the new Macbook 13 Inch Retina to determine things such as repair procedure and future repairability. The device is incredibly easy to open up and take apart. The downside however is that as Apple shrinks their products, more components are combined decreasing the number of repairable parts. For example, the display is fused together as in the 15″ retina models eliminating the ability for self repair on the display. Also, the battery is fused to the top case preventing users from swapping out their own batteries.

We have for sale all of the parts for the 13″ Macbook Pro Retina at the link below:
Macbook Pro 13 Inch Retina Parts

The full take apart video can be found embedded below:

Here’s the fully disassembled photo of the 13 Inch Macbook Retina:

How to Take Apart the iPod Touch 5th Generation

October 16th, 2012

We’ve just completed our iPod Touch 5th Generation take apart video. It is embedded below:

iPod Nano 7th Generation Teardown

October 12th, 2012

In usual fashion, today we received and took apart the iPod Nano 7th Generation. This Nano is incredibly difficult to take apart and will not be serviceable by most end users. The logic board, headphone board, volume cable, and battery are all one assembly. The components are so crammed in the casing that the likelihood of opening the device up for repair and not damaging a component is very small. Even our skilled technicians had difficulties with this one.

One design point worth mentioning is the number of curves in some of the cables such as the digitizer cable. We’re unsure why Apple has gone with this design change in these cables for the latest iPod revisions.

You can find photos of all the individual parts in our iPod Nano 7th Generation Product Category:

iPod Nano 7th Generation Parts

Our take apart video will be available shortly on our Mac Repair Guide page.

Battery Information:

Li-Ion Battery
APN 616-0640
VPN DAP193442PA
3.7V .8Wh 220mAh

Chip Information:

Both Broadcom and Toshiba manufacture components for the 7th Gen Nano. Chip information can be found below.

Broadcom (Wireless)
BCM2078KU8k
UD1227 P21
206790 SN

Toshiba (Flash Memory)
RH66x267D2JLAO4
XN4688 A0
Japan
123OKAE

Apple (CPU Audio Processor ?)
398S1146
JCNEA1AU123
KOR

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