iPad 2 speaker self repair kit?

10-24-2012, 01:26 PM
#1
iPad 2 speaker self repair kit?

The speaker on my iPad 2 started distorting quite bad couple of months after I bought it and the last months or so the volume has gotten really low, can't even watch alot of YouTube content etc anymore without using headphones or airplay. So I'm guessing some element(s) or whatever in the speaker are messed up.

Anyway does anyone have any experience in prying open an iPad 2 and changing parts for it (like the speaker part)? I don't mind a few dings here and there or a broken camera somewhere, just wanna fix the speaker. Feels like its gonna cost way too much sending it to Apple.

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10-24-2012, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by chris1a View Post
The speaker on my iPad 2 started distorting quite bad couple of months after I bought it and the last months or so the volume has gotten really low, can't even watch alot of YouTube content etc anymore without using headphones or airplay. So I'm guessing some element(s) or whatever in the speaker are messed up.

Anyway does anyone have any experience in prying open an iPad 2 and changing parts for it (like the speaker part)? I don't mind a few dings here and there or a broken camera somewhere, just wanna fix the speaker. Feels like its gonna cost way too much sending it to Apple.
It's out of warranty? There is a guide on iFixit for removing the speaker assembly, but it is not pretty:

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installi...ssembly/5473/1

10-24-2012, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by crunc View Post
It's out of warranty? There is a guide on iFixit for removing the speaker assembly, but it is not pretty:

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installi...ssembly/5473/1
It's out the 1 year warranty. The last 2 years i need to show that the product was faulty do begin with or something along those lines. Thanks for the link, saved the page and gonna follow each of the 54 steps...in just as many days. Nah that wasn't pretty and a weeeeee bit more complicated then I thought it was gonna be. Well, still saving that article. The speaker needs to get fixed somehow anyway so

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10-24-2012, 03:04 PM
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You're -way- better off either taking it to a third party repair shop to get it fixed, just paying Apple, or sucking it up and dealing with it. Alternatively, it might make economic sense to just sell it on Craigslist as damaged for a bit of a discount and buy a new one. I promise if you try to take it apart you'll break way more than the speaker you're trying to fix. Considering iFixIt finds it difficult to take apart and this sort of thing is what they do, I'd never try it myself.
10-24-2012, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Eli View Post
You're -way- better off either taking it to a third party repair shop to get it fixed, just paying Apple, or sucking it up and dealing with it. Alternatively, it might make economic sense to just sell it on Craigslist as damaged for a bit of a discount and buy a new one. I promise if you try to take it apart you'll break way more than the speaker you're trying to fix. Considering iFixIt finds it difficult to take apart and this sort of thing is what they do, I'd never try it myself.
Yea waiting for the next iPad and selling this one as damaged is most likely what's gonna happen. I did actually buy Logitechs tablet speaker (clip on stereo speaker for any tablet not just iPads really) a few weeks ago since I dabble with music apps, and earplugs aren't always an option. And even tho this clip-on tablet speaker sounds pretty friggin amazing for a less then $20 product it doesn't exactly make the iPad more portable so to speak.

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10-24-2012, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Eli View Post
You're -way- better off either taking it to a third party repair shop to get it fixed, just paying Apple, or sucking it up and dealing with it. Alternatively, it might make economic sense to just sell it on Craigslist as damaged for a bit of a discount and buy a new one. I promise if you try to take it apart you'll break way more than the speaker you're trying to fix. Considering iFixIt finds it difficult to take apart and this sort of thing is what they do, I'd never try it myself.
Or buy a soundfreaq wireless bluetooth speaker. It really rocks and is easy to use. I love it. $99
10-25-2012, 09:09 AM
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Or buy a soundfreaq wireless bluetooth speaker. It really rocks and is easy to use. I love it. $99
Nah way to much compression/frequency loss going on with Bluetooth. But thanks. I do have access to AirPlay all over the place, so streaming isn't an issue anyways.

I'll just get the new iPad 4 and use the iPad 2 as a back scratcher and remote. I use my old 3GS as a ball scratcher and remote for the tv/media center so..

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02-10-2014, 10:35 AM
#8
Had same issue, tried a fix myself, but think i made it worse :/
Think my parents sent it too this ipad repair place. From what i remember they come round and pick it up.

but otherwise there's quite a few places around normally they will do it, although not to sure about ipad Air.