Tools for Apple Products Repair

12.02.2016 22.10.18

While Apple Company uses Liam and Daisy robots for disassembling their smartphones and their further recycling, a lot of cell phone repair engineers bring iPhones back to life by manually disassembling and repairing them. Let’s find out what you need to do that.

Basic set of tools for iPhone disassembling:

  1. Screwdrivers
  2. Suction cup for display lifting
  3. Plastic paddle

You may also facilitate the process using tweezers, rubber pad, boxes for screws, buttons, tiny components and parts, as well as special screw position boards.

Similar tools are used for disassembling other Apple products: iPad, iPod, MacBook, Apple Watch.

iPhone

Screwdrivers for Apple Products

Apple company widely uses a special type of screws for assembling its products. It is a five-pointed tamper-resistant system called Pentalobe screw. However, only the standard Phillips screws were used in models till iPhone 4.

Pentalobe screw sizes are commonly marked as TS, as well as P and sometimes PL (used by Wiha, a German tool manufacturer).

Disassembling

Pentalobe screw sizes include TS1 (0.8 mm, used on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X), TS4 (1.2 mm, used on the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina display), and TS5 (1.5 mm, used on the 2009 MacBook Pro battery).

TS Type P Type PL Type Size Application
TS1 P2 PL1 0.8 mm iPhone 4*, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X
TS4 P5 PL4 1.2 mm MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display
TS5 P6 PL5 1.5 mm MacBook Pro (2009) Battery - 15" only

* late models

Slotted screws, crosshead Phillips type screws, Torx screws, Tri-Point screws are also used for assembling iPhone, MacBook and other Apple devices.

The manufacturer started using Tri-Point type screws (0.6 mm) in iPhone 7/7 Plus, 8/8 Plus, X, and Apple Watch.

How to choose a screwdriver for Apple devices

Type / Size cross pentalobe Tri-Point slot
PH00
(#00)
TS1/P2
(0.8 mm)
TP/Y
(0.6 mm)
SL 2.0
(2.0 mm)
Model Pro'sKit
SD-081-P2
Pro'sKit
SD-083-P2
Pro'sKit
SD-081-TS1
Dalna
DN-316
Pro'sKit
SD-081-TRIY06
Pro'sKit
SD-081-S3
Pro'sKit
SD-083-S3
Precision Screwdriver Pro'sKit SD-081-P2 Precision Screwdriver Pro'sKit SD-083-P2 Precision Screwdriver Pentalobe Pro'sKit SD-081-TS1 Precision Screwdriver Apple iPhone Precision Screwdriver Pentalobe A&T 338 PX-1.2 Precision Screwdriver Pro'sKit SD-081-S3 Precision Screwdriver Pro'sKit SD-083-S3
iPhone 3G          
iPhone 3GS          
iPhone 4  
iPhone 4S  
iPhone 5  
iPhone 5C  
iPhone 5S  
iPhone 6  
iPhone 6 Plus  
iPhone 6S  
iPhone 6S Plus  
iPhone SE    
iPhone 7    
iPhone 7 Plus    
iPhone 8    
iPhone 8 Plus    
iPhone X    
MacBook Air            
MacBook Pro            
Apple Watch            

Other Tools for Apple Gadgets Repair

During the repair process it is very convenient to store small parts, components, screws in utility component storage boxes.

One more handy thing to do before starting a repair procedure is to put a special mat on your working surface. There mats with ESD protective features, and some mats have built-in cells where you may put small components.

To avoid losing or mixing up the screws during the device repair, try using special screw position boards. They look like a card with an iPhone layout and the holes to put the screws in keeping the correct order.

To lift the iPhone display / touch screen you should use a suction cup. It may be the most simple suction cup with a ring or a more convenient vacuum suction cup. There are even more advanced devices – suction tweezers for lifting display.

It is very convenient to disassemble the device and to work with small parts using tweezers. There are lots of tweezers designed for operation with SMD components, as well as ESD-protected tweezers.

Tool Kits for Apple Products

No doubt, it is great to have all the needed screwdrivers and additional tools. However, it is even better to have all that in one tool kit, where all the tools are orderly placed for storage and transportation.

Special tool kits, apart from screwdrivers contain suction cups for taking out the glass, paddles, spudgers, levers and other mobile device disassembling tools.

A lot of manufacturers added special Pentalobe screwdrivers for Apple gadgets to their popular electronics repair tool kits. Some of them even presented specialized iPhone repair tool kits.

Let’s compare some of the most handy and popular tool kits:

Model Pro'sKit PK-9110 Pro'sKit SD-9314 Pro'sKit SD-9828 Pro'sKit SD-9326M Pro'sKit PK-9112 Pro'sKit SD-9322M
Pro'sKit PK-9110 Pro'sKit SD-9314 Pro'sKit SD-9828 Pro'sKit SD-9326M Pro'sKit PK-9112 Pro'sKit SD-9322M
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5S
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6S
iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone SE          
iPhone 7          
iPhone 7 Plus          
iPhone 8          
iPhone 8 Plus          
iPhone X          
MacBook Air    
MacBook Pro    
Apple Watch          

Most of these tool kits may be used for repairing other smartphone models, tablets and similar electronic devices, as they contain all the needed types of screwdrivers.

For more information about tools and equipment for Apple device troubleshooting and repair follow this link:


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