iFixIt: the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s innards are ‘kind of a mess’

The gang at iFixIt, which tears down new products so you don’t have to, says Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro “may take after the Air 2’s looks and Pro’s specs, but it ended up with the ugly genes of the family.”

With so much tech to cram into a thinner case, the iFixIt folks weren’t surprised to see the infamous camera bump make its iPad debut. But when they found out they forgot the battery strips we'd seen in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 12.9, they “were crushed.”

“Add to that some weird cabling choices, copious adhesive, and four speakers, and this iPad is kind of a mess—no offense,” says iFixIt. “Will the Pro line stand the test of time, superseding the original iPad, iPad Air, and maybe even Mini? Time will tell, but we’re hoping future devices will be bump-free and adhesive tab-equipped.

The iPad Pro 9.7" teardown highlights include:

  • The battery weighs in at 27.91 Whr—essentially the same as the iPad Air's 27.62 Whr, but (as expected) quite a bit less than the 38.8 Whr capacity of the larger iPad Pro.
  • The 9.7 earned a sad 2 out of 10 repairability score—same as the original iPad Air and a point less than the first iPad Pro. iFixIt says “this is the most glue we’ve seen in an iPad to date, making repair miserable.”