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Why Is A Listener’s iPad Doing Things On Its Own?

Mike in Holton, Louisiana listens to the stream via the App asked us about an iPad malfunction


Mike asked: “We got an iPad 4, refurbished. had it about 4-5 months. This thing has a mind of its own. When we turn it on, it opens apps on its own. When you try to read something on it, it flips pages on its own. It zooms on its own, and it “backs down” on its own. Do you have any idea what’s wrong with it?”


Mike, it sounds like you need a new digitizer.

Your iPad’s screen has two components working together, the display that actually shows the images, and the digitizer that senses when your fingers are on the screen.

It sounds to us like your digitizer is misfiring and telling your iPad that your moving your fingers around the screen, and the iPad is responding as if you were, since it doesn’t know any better.

It sounds to us like your digitizer is misfiring

If it’s 4 or 5 months old, even if it’s refurbished you may have some kind of warranty to file a claim under. If you don’t, the part itself isn’t very expensive, we’ve seen screen assemblies with digitizers online for as little as $15, if you’re willing and able to put in the work involved in taking the iPad apart and fixing it.

If you’d rather have someone else do it for you, it probably won’t be anywhere near that cheap, you may be looking at $100 if not more.

If you happen to have an Apple Store nearby, you can always bring it in for a diagnosis before paying someone else to fix the issue they determine it has, but since it’s an iPad 4 be prepared for them to look at you like you brought in a typewriter. They tend to think that people update their tech the second it comes out, and that’s not the case for a lot of us these days.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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