I want to use the repeat tool to quickly get a bunch of shapes that I could then use the Shape Builder Tool to make anew shape. However it seems you can use that tool on a repeated object. So how can I apply the repeat to just make them individual objects? (On iPad)
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Go to the Object menu and then Expand. You might need to ungroup them or do other actions on them, so check the layers panel.
Just jumping in for a tag team answer... I'm marking Monika's answer correct, but also finding the Expand tool in the Object Panel (just above the Type Tool) might be a tricky bit. That's where you can Expand/Ungroup....