Lifting off the Apple iPad front panelWith the tabs popped loose, we can gently separate the front panel from the case, but not completely.
There are three cables that connect the front panel to components within the metal case.
One short ribbon cable, connects the ambient light sensor to the main logic board. A second, thinner ribbon cable connects the digitizer to the main board. And a third thicker cable connects the display and LED back light to the main board.
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