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New iPad opener: Forego finesse with this April Fools' Day special

Just in time for April Fools’ Day, the repair experts iFixit have come up with a slick new way to get at the innards of an Apple iPad: the iPad Fubar – by Stanley.

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“iPad service technicians clearly need a faster way to get inside. Our expertise lies primarily in precision tools, but after a year of failing to develop a better methodology ourselves we decided to turn to a higher power. The fine men and women of Stanley Tools are well-known purveyors of first-rate tools, measuring devices, and industrial demolition equipment. We asked them to design a tool specifically for dismantling the iPad. After an intense, collaborative development effort, we’ve finally cracked it,” iFixit boasts.

And all for just $29.95!

At more serious times, as with the new iPad, iFixit uses tools such as suction cups, plastic spacers and heat guns to carefully dive inside Apple products such as the iPad.

Last year iFixit celebrated April 1 with an iPhone 4 Oppression Kit that spoofed its earlier efforts – in all seriousness – to call attention to what it said was Apple’s scheme to make it hard for people to open up the iPhone by using hard-to-remove Pentalobe screws (in a fuss that become known as “Screwgate”).

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