The last 12 months in the iPhone screen repair world have been a bit of a whirlwind with a big influx of aftermarket screens.
As the screen technology that the Chinese copy-cat (aftermarket) factories has progressed – so did the quality of the aftermarket screens that are available to use for a repair.
The improvement in technology also lead to prices of the screens being driven lower and lower whilst Chinese copy-cat (aftermarket) screen manufacturers competed with each other.
When your iPhone has a broken screen you want it fixed as quickly and as cheaply as possible – as with most things in this world you get what you pay for. Most people are not aware just how many components make up a single iPhone screen assembly and how the level of quality of any of them can affect you using your device day to day.
Our promise to you
We will always use an original LCD display for all iPhone screen repairs and we know – we manufacture them ourselves!
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Undoubtedly aftermarket parts are no substitute for original parts and the purpose of this article is to inform you of the dangers of having an aftermarket screen fitted that you may not be informed about by the repairer that has chosen to use them:
The aftermarket screens often use a type of glue to bond the plastic frame and glass together called HMG (hot melt glue). This glue is heated to melting point and then adhered to the glass holding the two together. This is fine for a short while but before long the frame and the glass will seperate, eventually leading to the glass and LCD falling out of the frame and damaging the LCD screen.
The substitute for HMG is CPG (cold press glue) which involves using CPG to adhere the glass and frame together and then holding the two in a mould until the glue dries. This method is far superior and will not lead to the glass and frame seperating without reason. All of our iPhone 6 screens and upwards use CPG.
The LCD screen is the panel that shows the retina display and it has the digitiser attached which controls the touch screen. The LCD screen is bonded to the glass screen internally. As a stand alone component the LCD screen is the most valuable component in the display assembly and the most functional – it is very important!
The aftermarket screens have no relation to Apple or any of their suppliers. The quality of the display itself is not as good as original LCD screens and they often have issues with their touch screen. The best way to tell if the screen being fitted to your iPhone is original or not is to ask your repairer to see the Apple logo on the flex cables (iPhone 6 and 6S) – if there is no Apple logo on the flex cable then the screen is not original. It is the aftermarket copy LCD screen that can also cause your device to fail an update or restore (below), device to have poor battery life following repair (below) and can also cause expensive logic board repairs (below).
When manufacturing our own screens we make sure that we only use original Apple LCD screens for our repairs.
The aftermarket displays do not use original Apple LCD displays. The displays they use are copy-cat clones of the original. Apple have the ability to block these displays with iOS updates and it has been seen in the past. This means that after fitting an aftermarket screen and then updating your iPhone you may be left with a phone that has no display, limited functionality or fails restores.
This is very similar to the events earlier in the year when Apple rectified the Error 53 ‘bug’ that meant that any iPhone with a failed touch ID would fail a restore through iTunes rendering the device a brick.
The only way to avoid this is to ask your repairer if they use original Apple LCD screens. We only use original iPhone LCD screens with our repairs.
Frame and Glass
The LCD screen is by far the most important component of an iPhone display, however the glass and frame are also very important and you will not be surprised to hear there are also copy-cat (aftermarket) versions of the glass and the frame which vary drastically in quality. The aftermarket screens often come with a lower quality variant of the glass. This weaker glass is more susceptible to breaking than the original glass. This means that the display may crack again easier than it should.
When manufacturing our screens we pay close attention to the quality of the glass and frame.
Your touch ID Should Not Break
We often see people that have had their iPhone screen repaired elsewhere and do not have functional touch ID (fingerprint scanner) any more. There is no reason why your touch ID should stop functioning following a screen repair. We test all functionalities of a device during our diagnostics procedure that we run on every device that comes in for repair. The touch ID functionality will be tested and if it fails you will be notified prior to any repair.
If your touch ID is broken during repair then the repairer should be accountable for it.
The touch ID is paired with the unique logic board and cannot be ‘repaired’ by a third party repairer.
The aftermarket LCD screens can cause the battery life of your device to deteriorate. Aftermarket copy LCD screens can drain the battery life faster than an original LCD would as the screen is not original.
If your device is over 1 year old it may be a failing battery which we offer a repair for. Our advice would be to make sure with the repairer that an original LCD screen is being fitted. We only use original iPhone LCD screens with our repairs.
Logic Board Problems
We carry out many logic board repairs like the U2 IC repair which we discovered over 2 years ago.
We often get sent devices that have been repaired or attempted to be repaired elsewhere. A common problem we are seeing with these particular devices is that the backlight on the logic board has failed, which is causing the display to not function. The reason for this is that the aftermarket copy LCD screen has caused the backlight to fail.
The repair of the backlight and then the screen again with an original LCD screen is a lot more costly than the original repair would be in the first place.