Why the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4 cost more to repair than its predecessors.
Higher replacement parts means higher repair price, that’s why the iPad air 2 and iPad mini 4 cost more to repair. It’s something that no repair shop wishes but it’s something that Apple has planned all along. Apple is making it harder on repair shops so that Apple can take in the repairs themselves. Apple started taking in iPhone and iPad repairs just recently, they started with the iPhone 6 and up. They also were responsible with the take down of the Chinese warehouses that were manufacturing after market LCDs. This raised prices of all screens, we saw a price hike of 25% on all iPhone model LCDs. It also makes sense for Apple to make the newer iPads to be optically fused with LOCA adhesive that bonds both the Glass digitizer and LCD display. This makes parts more expensive but the repair relatively easier, it takes technicians less time to fully repair with a less failure rate.
The LCD display and Glass Digitizer are fused together with LOCA adhesive. This isn’t something new, Samsung has been doing this to their Galaxy S and Note S series, separating the two takes time and often times will cause damage to the LCD. Apple’s adhesive is a lot stronger so chances of damaging the LCD becomes greater.
While the repair itself isn’t a time consuming or as difficult as other iPads, the reason the repair costs more is due to the fact that you’re getting two new parts. LCD display and Glass digitizer.