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2nd Generation high performance tablet computer released by Apple on June 2017. Model A1670.

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Why are the iPad Pro 12.9” 2nd Gen screens so expensive?

I am trying to source a replacement screen for an iPad Pro 12.9” 2nd gen (1670). The prices are beyond outrageous often costing as much or more than buying another device refurbished or used. The lowest I’ve seen is around $350 or so. A came across a couple of ads from small repair shops claiming to do glass only repairs, but even they charge over $300.

In comparison, the same size 1st Gen screens are practically given away, selling for around $150 to $200. What makes the 2nd gen prices go from outrageous to absurd, is the cost of the 3rd Gen screens. These are the latest models and you can find them for around $300 and sometimes less!

What’s going on here? I’m hoping the prices come down to earth, but I’m not holding my breath, given the equally absurd prices for older Retina MacBook Pro displays.

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Apple does not want you to repair it, they either want to do it themselves or sell you a new one. Apple is now requiring recyclers to grind their Apple products up rather than parting them out to accomplish this.

Fight for your rights!


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Apple doesn't want us to fix our own hair, but that's never stopped us before, nor does it explain these prices:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 (1st Gen) LCD assembly: $191.07
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2nd Gen) LCD assembly: $400.05
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd Gen) LCD assembly: $261.77
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (4th Gen) LCD assembly: $261.77


You mean to tell me that the Apple Gods woke up and decided: “THOU SHALL NOT REPAIR 2ND GEN IPAD PRO! But you have our blessings to fix 1,3 and 4. ” How is that even remotely logical? Apple has no control over Shenzhen

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FACTS! If you think about it, there ought to be a way of retrofitting the 1st gen into a 2nd gen iPad Pro. I believe the sizing is identical. The main differences I see is the connector. The 2nd gen is significantly brighter, but I suspect it due primarily to the backlight which is built into the iPad.

I've done some research and discovered it is possible to refurbish these displays if only the glass is damaged. Essentially, it involves the same procedure as refurbishing other displays, although I've only seen one service on eBay offering a glass only replacement.

At $400, it is worthwhile to refurbish them. Getting the glass off is straightforward, but putting it back on requires a large vacuum chamber. If this can be mastered, then the holy grail is refurbishing A1502 retina panels.


There's no conspiracy here. Apple doesn't care about you, me or whoever. Aftermarket/Refurbished replacement parts costs are based on quality, complexity, supply and demand.

Trying to refurbish these large screens is a fool's errand unless you are highly skilled and have the necessary equipment ($$$). To get there, you will have destroyed quite a few LCD's along the way.

If you can get a used device for less, or if Apple charges less for the repair - hint...they don't - then that's the route to follow. Suppliers will adjust accordingly. However, despite the high price of replacement parts, DIY is still usually the best option. Keep in mind that replacing these large screens is also risky. You can easily damage them if you don't do it properly (and even if you do :-).


@barrymanilowa The A1502 screen is another mystery, considering that it’s such a crappy screen prone to StainGate. Half of my customers walk out with sticker shock when I tell them the price


Pro 12.9 2017 Screen: $499.99 (ifixit.com in Jan 2023)


HOLY SH**! It's $440 for a BLEMISHED screen on that website!


From the description

"Blemish LCD Assembly With Digitizer & Daughter Board Flex Pre-Installed Replacement for iPad Pro 12.9" (2nd Gen: 2017) (Blemish: Grade A) (Black).

iPad LCD Screen comes with the pre-installed daughter board.

This LCD Screen is made from Blemish materials which is provided by Manufacturer."



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Simple, supply versus demand. Low supply for second gen and demand for it causes prices to go up. Don’t overthink it. We’ve seen this trend before in the past with other parts, but definitely not to this extent.

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