Apple iPad 3G: Removing the front glass panelI cracked open the Apple iPad 3G using the same techniques as I used on the original iPad Wi-Fi.
I insert a thin metal blade between the metal case and the front panel assembly's black rubber gasket. Then, I slowing and gently worked my way around the left side of the case releasing and/or breaking the metal clips that hold the front panel to the metal case. Once enough of the clips where pried loose, I was able to lift the left side of the front panel away from the metal case.
To completely separate the front panel from the metal case, you must disconnect four cables. The iPad Wi-Fi had three cables.
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