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ealvin

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The battery is pretty well shot. I have to charge it every couple of days, even if I haven't used much, or at all.

A few month ago I went to a non-Apple "fix it" shop for a battery replacement. The clerk checked the battery and said it was fine and didn't need replacing. Even though I though differently I went on my way and continued using my iPad. The battery has only gotten worse over time. I called the same shop yesterday and the person who answered the phone said that getting a battery replacement after Apple has stopped supporting it was often problematic and they don't replace the battery it that situation. That sounded odd to me and I'd like a second (or more) opinion(s).

The iPad is fine for my meager needs and I can live with it's limitations. If the battery change can be successful, I'd rather do that than than buy a new unit (providing I can find a shop to do the work.

So, my two questions are ...

1. Is the battery replacement really an "iffy" proposition?

2. Do you think I'd have a difficult time finding a shop to do the work?

Thanks in advance for your help and wise counsel.
 

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Charging every couple of days isn't bad for an old battery.

The iPad 4 is an old device, released in 2012, and can't upgrade beyond iOS 10.3.4.
The iOS limitation is going to be the problem as time moves forward. Apps will upgrade to the point they need the newer iOS to run, and stop working on your iPad. Mine still works, but the number of apps that stop working is increasing.

No a battery replacement is not iffy.

The shop you are going to just either does not have a battery for it, or they don't want to do it. Find a different one with good reviews. The battery can be replaced IF they have a battery for this device.

I have seen mixed results using 3rd party shops. My battery replacement went OK, but had some issues with the iPhone, they had to check the connections, and still didn't put it together correctly, I was able to fix that myself. Another battery replacement for an iPad went well, no issues at all. Another iPad had a screen replaced, and that was terrible, the new glass was so weak it cracked holding the iPad in the air.

Finding a good shop is key. The cheapest place (the one with weak glass) may not be the best place to go. Reviews can be helpful, be wary of all positive reviews as usual.

I personally replaced my iPad so it had a good battery, weighed less, and had a modern operating system to run my apps.
 

ealvin

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You are amazing! This is the second time you've answered a query for me and both times you've knocked it out of the park.

I think I'll keep going with my iPad and when it finally stops being useful I'll get a new one.

Thanks you for your help and wisdom.
 
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