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Smaller version of the original iPad Pro. Released March 31, 2016. Features a 9.7" display, A9X processor, and 32/128/256 GB storage options. Available in Silver, Space Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold.

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Is a hot plate for screen removal the way to go?

Hi my iPad Pro 9.7 screen and LCD is broken in small bits I have seen answers saying it is better to use a heat gun to remove the broken screen does that mean an actual heat gun or can you use a hair dryer Thanks

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A hot plate would be too hot and not focused enough. All you’ll you do is damage the LCD from the excessive heat.

Use a heat gun or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive along the edges. Using the techniques outlined in this guide: iPad Pro 9.7" Screen Replacement you should be able to lift the cover glass (if the cover glass is intact you can forgo the tape)

No solvents needed here!

Wear eyeglasses with side shields and proper gloves.

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The heat Plate is normally use by a lot of us that have store.The trick with the heat plate is to put temperature around 75/80 grades (iPad Power off) and facing the glass with the heat plate.You put your timer max 8 minutes and that will not cause any issues on the battery and logic board or other components.About the LCD I believe that the iPad Pro Display is one piece (like iphones displays) but for sure he can count that display will not have any issues.

About the Adhesive remover I need to clear up that is not a SOLVENT is call PDI PADS with is use in the medical world to remove the adhesive on patients.Something that I did forget is that to remove that adhesive you can use your nylon spudger or you can use a putty knife if the flat heat slow so you don't scratch the frame and going on the outside direction so you can protect the battery and logic board.

Any help @g4ran let me know no problem with that :)


Actually Dan, using a heat pad is the current Best Practice for removing iPad screens. As @gadgetboxrd says, as long as you don't forget the iPad on the heat pad over lunch, they work great. As a side note, iFixit now sells a t-shirt press to re-adhere the screen and activate the adhesive which goes to show that the screen can take a sustained amount of heat, as long as it is uniformly applied. That's where the heat gun approach can be problematic as it takes a steady hand and a certain experience level to get right.


@refectio - I was thinking of a heating plate for a teapot or kitchen griddle ;-}

An iOpener, heat gun (used carefully) or a small heat pad (used by people with arteritis) that focuses the heat to the edge of the glass are all OK for a DIY.

It's the heating of the full glass that needs to be monitored as overheating will damage the LCD screen.

The heat pads in your URL link will work as they are temp controlled. And, the IFIXIT heating press is also OK as it has a thermal sensor but thats not something a DIY person would buy for fixing their own iPad.


I agree, I didn't spend a whole lot of time thinking about "those" kinds of hot plates. When I started, I used a magic bag (some kind of grain inside, like the iOpener but bigger). It covered the whole screen and would get it up to about 60C. It worked but it required several re-heats.


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You can use the Heat Gun for sure. But, the difference with the hot plate is that if for example you put the temperature in 80 degrees (hot plate) the complete screen will get the same temperature. If you have one you can use 75-to 80 grades for about 8 minutes so the adhesive can be loose well. Always use the guitar picks and use them with care.

With the heat gun you need to put air in all the border of the glass with movement until you felt hot (hot that you can touch) so you can start to work all the way around.

I would recommend you have adhesive remover pads, alcohol, gloves and protective glasses :)

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That's interesting...I don't do a ton of iPad screen repairs but when I do, I tend to use 65-70C. Did you just use 75-80 as a starting point or did you find that it just simply worked better than lower temps?


Yeah,i use that temperature and works good for me.Like you know the trick is not forget the iPad in the heat plate @refectio :)


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everything you have said is wrong. a heat plate is probably the most focused attack to the adhesive you can have, as the entire unit is heated, therefore retaining its heat much much longer. the same way we preheat motherboards before we do solder work. a heat gun is more likely to do damage to the lcd than a heat plate set correctly. set it to 90 degrees, place the ipad on the heat pad as it warms up. this prevents shock from the sudden increase in heat. allow to sit at max temp around 88 to 90 degrees for 5 minutes. then use an isesamo and alcohol with guitar picks. dipping the isesamo tool in alcohol to help loosen the adhesive. use large auto window suction cup is nice as you can gently lift with the suction cup while using the tool, usually the glass will lift easily for you to place the tool in there without cracking the glass. we use this method to remove screens of ipads we need that we need to do internal work on. it works great for both keeping the screen in tact or removing a broken one.

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jsox79 - Sometimes you really need to read the issue "LCD is broken in small bits" A heat plate would not be the best choice in this case.


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