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This one was tough…and I’ve been doing various repair for years. Thank you iFixIt for top notch tutorials and instructions (and the progressive photos). I had a broken display and an iCloud locked watch for parts. Getting the display off the broken iWatch was easy…getting the replacement/good display off the other iWatch was very difficult. I keep at it and eventually it released, but I think I chipped the display edges slightly. If I have to do this one again, I may think twice. I’d say use plenty of heat. I used the iRemover, which helped a lot, it gets plenty hot and holds the heat for job. Once you’re inside, you’ll need that every so special 000 tri-lobe bit for the battery (for this I bought the iFixIt Pro toolkit…worth it to have a solidly made set of disassembly tools). I don’t think it’s worth breaking down the iWatch for repairs much further than the display or battery. The water resistant seal is compromised enough as it is with the display removal.
This one was a bugger! Dang…getting this over the display w/o sticking to everything is an exercise puzzle. The first one also didn't release correctly and I ended up installing just the blue adhesive backing…then realized that the adhesive was still on the other backing, which I then had to very carefully remove with a tweezers, then navigate the puzzle of an exercise getting it over the display and in to position. I did it, but as other commenters noted, it is not sealed anything like it originally was. In fact, it came up in a few days and I had to use the iRemover to heat it back up and press it back into place. I also use an iWatch bumper guard all the time now to protect it from popping off. For this older series 2 iWatch I’m ok.
Thank you iFixIt for top notch parts, instructions and tutorials. I’ve been an IT tech/specialist for many years, but still approach new repairs with caution, especially on Apple products, until I’ve done it at least once.
Thank you iFixIt for top notch parts, instructions and tutorials. I’ve been an IT tech/specialist for many years, but still approach new repairs with caution, especially on Apple products, until I’ve done it at least once. You provide exceptional tutorials (instructions and photos…love the progressive photos when during disassembly). Even have disassembled Apple products before, I’m a little apprehensive trying new breakdowns because they seal stuff up so good. Once I got the display off, I found that using the correct tool (the iFixIt plastic wheel) made the job very safe. The two sticky points I had were removing the power supply…it was tight and catching when trying to tip it out…took a bit of finagling. The second was removing the logic board…while tipping it out I had a hard time gettin it free at the bottom. I don’t know where it was catching, eventually I got it out. When I reassembled I had the same issue putting it back in, and I feared I may have damaged something…turned out OK though.
Thank you iFixIt for top notch parts, instructions and tutorials. The reassembly went smoothly, removing the adhesive on the iMac was much easier than the iWatch I performed earlier. The adhesive strips went on easily (kudos for the alignment notches). Like previous comments, the only issue I had was w/ the bottom strips (4L/4R) in that the backing doesn’t want to release and the backing with the adhesive strip actually releases from the front backing instead. I carefully teased the adhesive from front backing with the bent tip iFixIt tweezers and then was able to get the backing released, but it wasn’t optimal because the front backing was slightly releasing from the adhesive as I was applying it and if not careful would stretch a bit which could cause miss-alignment when you get to the end of the adhesive. All-in-all the reassembly of the iMac is one of the easier ones.