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Apple released the slimmed-down, buffed up iPad Air on November 1, 2013 in a choice of Space Gray or Silver. It packs the custom A7 processor and ships in 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB configurations.

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Ghost touch + bottom portion of screen/home button unresponsive

I recently got a request to fix an iPad Air, the clients bag was damp and he put his iPad in it and the whole thing basically broke down.

1)ghost touch

2)every time he tried to charge it would turn on turn off if it made it to passcode screen it'd restart

3)home button no longer worked

After I opened screen I unplugged flex cables and cleaned them with isopropyl + also I stopped the ghost touch by using electrical tape to secure the flex cable on the digitizer down and fighting the digitizer cable connector to itself by wrapping electrical tape around it

Still after those this it the problem I ran into

4)bottom half of screen still no longer responsive

5)home button still unresponsive

What the !&&* is happening. This isn't anything like an iPhone repair.!?!?

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The problem you are having is very simple, it is the issue of the digitizer not being grounded properly. Use Kapton or electrical tape to make sure it is grounded properly and you would not have the issue anymore.

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i tried this, but i still cant use the home button nor the bottom half of my screen


If even after grounding you cannot use it, it sounds like a defective digitizer.

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The scary part of the issue is the damp bag.

On most devices the simple answer is to try a new digitizer. But the digitizers for Air 2s are still really expensive. If its not the digitzer, its probably water damage on the board, which is a near death sentence. can try a new $200 digitizer and see if that fixes it or you can inspect for water damage and risk going down a rabbit hole.

I don't know which option I would pick first....

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