Loose pockets and concrete surface for a broken iphone make.
My iphone has been a great tool over the years, but it sure takes a beating, this last slip from my pocket while playing football in the parking lot smashed the screen. Being an mechanical engineer, I figured it would be fun to see the inside of this incredibly well engineered device and get back in action bypassing any sort of apple service call/replacemen
The repair went smoothly and was successful. I spend a couple of hours doing this, but it was my first time running through the process. On top of that I took my time to not make any mistakes or damage any components, ribbon cables, etc. I prefer to take my time and do it right the first time. The ifixit guide is good.
Definitely find a nice tray to keep track the tiny screws and parts. I organized them by dis-assembly step and re-assembly was a cinch. Magnetize your screw driver so that you don't actually have to hold onto a 1.2mm long screw! (just drag it one-way across any old magnet to give it some temporary magnetism). I used 99% isopropol alcohol and some cotton swabs to clean all the contact surfaces before re-assembly. The plastic opening tools got chewed up removing the screen, but I consider them disposable anyway. Unlike my automotive repair projects, I did not have any parts left over when it was back together.