Apple's Smart Keyboard For The IPad Pro Undergoes Teardown, Is Impossible To Repair

By 07:42 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 Comments

Last week the folks over at iFixit did one of their well-known teardowns for the Apple Pencil stylus, and the result was not fine if you've been thinking of how repairable that is. It got only a 1/10 repairability score, where 10 means easiest to repair.

Now iFixit has put the other accessory Apple custom designed for the iPad Pro through the teardown treatment. We're talking about the Smart Keyboard, and this one is record-breaking.

But maybe not in a manner you'd expect it to. The Smart Keyboard incredibly managed to achieve a 0/10 repairability score, which means it's pretty much impossible to fix once it's broken. If you open it up, you'll damage it, there's simply no way around that. No internal components can be replaced without destroying the keyboard. To create the Smart Keyboard water and stain resistant, Apple's "encapsulated the entire accessory inside some high tech fabric". And this needs to be slit in order to hold the keyboard apart.

On the flip side, the accessory is assumed to be quite durable. So it's pretty clear that Apple is simply going to replace your Smart Keyboard if anything goes incorrect with it, yet that is unlikely to happen too often.

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