The 2013 iPad Air is the thinnest and lightest version of Apple's flagship tablet. It also has a faster processor, better front-facing camera, a completely flip-flopped internal layout, and lots of other hardware updates. Unfortunately, it's still extremely difficult to disassemble and repair.
Heat, patience required to open the iPad Air: Like previous iPads, the Air's front glass panel is held to the metal body with double-sided adhesive strips. I used a heat gun (set on low) to loosen the adhesive. Then, starting from the lower-left corner, I used a series of thin tools to gently pry the panel off.
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New location for front panel ribbon cables: As I noted above, Apple has rearranged the Air's internal hardware. In doing so, they moved the cables that connect the front panel to the motherboard from the lower left side to the lower right.
Must remove LCD to detach front panel: You can't completely remove the Air's front glass panel without removing the LCD.