Daughter Board Fitted Display in iPad Pro 12.9” 1st Generation
Sporting an ultra-large 12.9″ screen, iPad Pro first forayed onto the scene in 2015. Thanks to the high-end specs coupled with the raw horsepower of the A9X, the tablet was outed to be the laptop killer.
Apple introduced the daughterboard fitted display in the iPad Pro 12.9″ 1st generation. As there is plenty of confusion surrounding the display, we thought it would be better to throw some light and share insights about its repairability.
What is Daughter Board fitted Display in iPad Pro 12.9” 1st Generation?
For those unfamiliar, the daughterboard (also known as daughter board, daughter card, or daughtercard) is basically a circuit board designed to plug into and extend the circuitry of another circuit board. In other words, it’s a circuit board that works as an extension of a motherboard or other card.
There is a notable difference between daughterboard and the motherboard. The latter works as the primary circuit board of any electronic device. For example, in case of a personal computer it houses the central processing unit, connector for monitor, mouse as well as the slots for other devices. For devices like an iPhone or iPad, the motherboard (also referred to as the mainboard) houses the CPU, RAM and all the ICs and connectors.
In case of 12.9” iPad Pro 1st Generation, there are two types of displays: with or without daughterboard. Daughterboard controls the touch functionality of the display and connects the display to the motherboard. In previous versions of iPad, the display directly connected to the motherboard via a flex cable. Do note that the daughterboard controls the Touch functionality but is not involved in direct working of Touch ID (of Fingerprint sensor) at all. Though the home button flex cable does get connected, it is not responsible for working on the daughterboard.
How to Replace iPad Pro’s Daughter Board Fitted Display?
The daughterboard of the iPad Pro 12.9” 1st generation is repairable. However, there are a few important things worth keeping in mind.
First and foremost, even if the screen of the iPad is physically damaged, the current daughterboard might still be usable. If it is, it will be lucky for you, as it might save you some money at the time of screen replacement. Let us explain how.
There are 2 types of replacement displays available for iPad Pro 12.9” 1st generation – with daughter fitted in and without daughterboard.
Normally it is recommended to choose the display that comes with the daughterboard pre-fitted for iPad Pro 12.9” 1st generation. It also comes with a flex cable so it is easier to install and chances of error are minimized.
As mentioned earlier, there are displays available which come without the daughterboard pre-fitted on them, and they are slightly cheaper than the ones that come with the daughter board. In such displays, if your existing daughterboard is usable and working, it can be taken off from your broken display and fitted on the new display and reused. This, however, is not as easy as disconnect and reconnect. It takes considerable amount of skill to remove it while keeping it intact and then fit it on the new display, which involves micro soldering. There are minor risks involved, but in the hands of a skilled and experienced technician, these risks are minimized and you can end up saving a little money on the screen replacement.
What’s the Cost-Effective Way to Replace Daughter Board Fitted Display?
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