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June 12, 2013
My power button was stuck down - no amount of pressure would make it work. I read in the notes that the problem was likely the power cable, not the button itself, so that's what I ordered.
It took about an hour - I was nervous, first time, you know. The directions and photos were excellent. Even the warnings about things that might get lost or damaged in the process.
Re-installing the cable was tricky. It ships flat but has to be contorted pretty good to get into place. Go ahead and buy a new earpiece - the sticky gets undone during disassembly. I had to plug in the cable then roll it over to plug in the bracket and slide the ear piece into the loop of ribbon. It was awkward but works fine. I labeled a piece of paper with the screw sizes - there are about 8 different ones. When I took one out, I taped it to the paper. Reassembly was a breeze because I was confident I had the right screw for each spot.
Thanks y'all @ifixit, saved me some coin and got my phone back in business! Tom
June 11, 2013
Power lock button didn't work any more.
GREAT! Had to back up/undo the reassembly part way through for I forgot to install the position sensor. After that all went well.
Wish y'all would put the reassembly steps in the guide step by step for better flow of the project.
This is a very tedious fix, should only be attempted by persons with patients and an eye to details.
Sorry no picture the IPhone is my only camera
June 3, 2013
The power button stopped working.
Got the tools and guide, very good light because screws and pieces are VERY SMALL. Followed the guide step by step reading all comments on the side, and doing it very carefully. You can't go wrong.
Be careful with putting all back together, as the pieces has only ONE order, and nothing should be forced into its place. Earpiece is very tricky.
May 15, 2013
My iPhone 4s had quite some issues, broken lock button, a dock connector stuck in dock mode (thinking that it is in a music dock constantly) and my battery wasn't the freshest either after almost two years. So I decided to give it a polish and replace the dock connector the power and sensor cable (to fix the lock button) and a new battery.
Repair went quite well, dock connector and battery replacement are fairly easy. I was sweating a bit with the power and sensor cable, a third or fourth hand would definitely have been useful here and there. But it went well, except that now the auto-brightness function doesn't work anymore, must have something to to with the sensor that maybe doesn't sit 100% correctly... But I am happy about the "new" phone.
Take a piece of paper, orden the screws and parts you take out the phone and write next to them in which step you used them. Definitely helps for the more complicated repairs.
March 17, 2013
Power button not working
The button was successfully replaced, but during the process I bended too much the display cable and broke it :(
Be VERY NICE while disconnecting and handling the display cable, or you'll have to buy a replacement :)
February 17, 2013
I fixed a friends screen on her 4S. In doing so, I managed to slightly tear the ribbon cable of the power cable. Fantastic.
I bought the part and had it sent 2nd day air. The tear down is a breeze. Reassembly took a bit longer. Folding the cables of the new power cable took a bit of work.
Be careful during the removal of the light/proximity sensor.
When removing the speaker from the old power cable, try to keep the sticky foam. I lost every bit of adhesive and used a TINY bit of superglue. The front camera retaining clip takes a bit of force to remove, and was a pain to put back on correctly. Just take your time and follow the steps. Don't rush anything!
January 9, 2013
December 20, 2012
The power button stopped working. You could no longer feel the button click when pressed. My local apple store would have charged $150 for the repair plus I would have been without a phone for at least a week.
I could not find a definite answer as to the part that I needed to fix my issue so for those having the same symptoms you need to buy the "power and sensor cable" for the correct phone model. I also bought the screw driver kit which helped a lot.
The repair went really well. The instructions provided on ifixit.com is what made the difference, without them I've be looking at a completely dead phone.
I strongly recommend that you set at least 2-3 hours aside in a well lit area with no interruptions. On a piece of paper make a grid to hold the screws/parts that you remove while writing down the related step number. Also, take your time!!! Do not rush!!!