Apple products are known to be manufactured with high-quality parts, with the latest iPad models getting a lot of unique features with every upgrade. However, just like any other device on the market, they are still susceptible to damage over time for a variety of reasons.
In the case of an Apple iPad, one of the most vulnerable parts is the screen. It is the most exposed area to the external environment and is often the part that receives pressure through clicks, swipes, and other similar actions - this makes the screen the top reason consumers seek out iPad repair services. The next common iPad repairs are battery replacement, charging port changes, and other types of replacement services.
Because of this, getting your iPad screen cracked and hiring a repair service is no longer uncommon, especially if you have had the unit for quite a while. Below, we offer a quick guide about the most common reasons your iPad screen gets cracked and what you can expect the cracked iPad screen’s repair cost to be.
How much does it cost to replace a cracked screen of an iPad?
The total expense for repairing a cracked iPad screen will range from £45 to £599. The exact cost will vary heavily on three factors, namely:
- Where you will have it serviced, and if you have warranties applicable.
- The extent of the damage on your screen.
- The model and make of your iPad.
For an in-depth look at the various units and their equivalent cost per service centre, check out our chart in our article iPad Screen Replacement Cost.
There, you can get a better idea about how to move forward, taking into consideration your budget and the extent of the screen damage, but still keeping the repair affordable every time, still.
If you would prefer to narrow down the information on a popular iPad model, you can check our articles on:
Most Common Reasons For Cracked iPad Screens
There are numerous reasons why your iPad screen can crack – no matter how new the model may be. Below, we explore the most common reasons for screen replacements and iPad physical damage we see today.
#1 It was dropped
It could be the result of carrying too many things, or perhaps just gravity having it slip through your fingers, but the number 1 cause of cracked iPad screens is dropping the device.
If not dropped exactly, iPad units can also be easily bumped into something while walking or moving about. This can cause similar damage to dropping it if the impact is hard enough. Most especially if the blow happened around the edges of the screen, your device would be more susceptible to damage.
#2 It was sat on
iPads are often left on the couch or car seats when not in use. This makes them vulnerable to being sat on, which happens more often than you think. Similarly, placing your iPad inside your bag, and then accidentally leaning or sitting on that bag would have the same effect.
#3 It has been exposed to harsh temperatures
When the temperature is either much too cold or much too hot, there is a chance that the screen will give way. The best method to avoid this is to keep your device sheltered from too much direct sunlight or the freezing cold.
#4 A faulty case
We often buy cases for our devices to protect them from scratches and cracks, and to buffer the impact if it falls. However, purchasing a case that is ill-fitting to your device may build up too much pressure and cause it to crack.
#5 Natural wear and tear
iPad devices can be easily overused. Because of the device’s convenience, useful features, and other benefits, its screen can get worn out years after purchase (lifespan will depend on the consumer’s lifestyle).
Is it cheaper to repair an iPad's cracked screen or replace the device?
Weighing out whether or not it is cheaper to settle for a screen repair or move forward with a replacement for your iPad all depends on the extent of the damage.
If damage is only minimal and may be easily remedied through either minor fixes or switching it out for a new screen, then this may be the more practical option. Repairing an iPad, even if we were pertaining to the latest model, will cost you between just £45 and £599.
However, if the damage is significant and/ or the cost to have it repaired is either one-half or two-thirds the cost to replace, it may be best to opt for a replacement. You can purchase a brand new iPad through Apple for £499, and at an even more affordable price through authorised sellers with quality refurbished units on hand. This option may be more economical if you were still going to spend a good chunk of that money on repairing an old unit.
You’re All Set!
Knowing the most common reasons for a cracked iPad screen may help you better prevent it from happening. Moreover, having a clearer range as to what the cracked iPad screen repair costs are can keep you prepared in the instance that it happens and knowing which replacement service is best.