I have a 180 lb. Great Dane who is very jealous of my iPad. This is the second time I've had to fix it, the first time she stepped on it and bent the frame, causing the volume button to stick. I sent the ipad off to be repaired to the tune of $100. This time she jumped on it while it was lying on my bed, shattering the glass and bending the frame. I again sent it to be fixed, this time for $200. When I got the iPad back this time, the glass and frame and the glass were repaired but the wi-fi, Bluetooth and cellular were not working. Frustrated, I decided to open the iPad up myself to see what the issue was. My husband was completely against this decision, having little faith in my ability to do the repair myself, even with help from ifixit, but I knew better.
I began by researching the problem using the ifixit data base. Once I was familiar with the inner workings of the iPad and had a pretty good idea of what the problem likely was, (in this case the wi-fi antenna had been broken during the replacement of the front glass) I ordered the antenna and the tools needed to make the repairs from ifixit, specifically the antenna, magnetic parts mat,and an iopener. The parts arrived quickly, within 3 days of placing the order. While I was waiting for the parts, I reviewed several of the instructions regarding the repair, so I would be ready to make the repair.
First, the glue is a real problem. It took patience and time to get the iPad opened up to work on it, and it's important to begin inserting the spudger exactly where the instructions suggest, it's the one area where there isn't an abundance of glue. Secondly, don't attempt this repair without a magnetic parts mat, there are so many screws it's impossible to remember which one goes where. Thirdly, if you're going to open your iPad for any reason, have a spare bezel, you're going to need it. As a P.S. I suggest you order a set of spare screws, even with the parts mat, you're going to lose at least one screw, never to be seen again, having a spare set solves that problem, and you'll have extras for when your dog decides to destroy it again, and again and again.