Sixth iteration of Apple iPhone, announced on September 12, 2012. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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Why did it go into "restore mode" replacing the battery?

I have the same issue with the addition that it went into "restore mode" after the battery replacement and stayed in a restore mode loop. with the buttons not working the only way I can get it out of the restore mode loop is to unplug it from the computer at the end of the restore when the phone powers down to restart. at that point it will power up properly and allow me to to an icloud backup restore and use the phone almost normally. but as I said before, neither the home nor the lock button will work. I reopened the phone but can't find any physical damage to the board, not even a scratch or dent. I fix iphones regularly and have never had this issue, and unfortunately/fortunately when I do finally run into this issue it is on my own phone lol Anyone got a picture of the component that is responsible for this phenomenon?

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yes, this is pry damage for sure. I have lots of before/after pictures posted here.

The area you're looking in is on the board, underneath the two black interconnect cables. Directly behind the SIM card. If you see a cracked/damaged component, or six solder pads with no component---that is your culprit.

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I found that the straight logic board flex cable was broken at the top connection point. the cable side not the board side. I ordered a replacement cable and installed it today but my home and lock buttons still do not work. I restored the phone in hopes that it would "reset" the logic for those buttons but it goes back into "restore mode" loop, and buttons still do not work. There are no other cracks or missing components. it is running exactly the same now as it did for the past week with that logic flex cable uninstalled. Maybe i got a bad cable? or maybe I am just missing something... either way I can't figure it out and I'm gon na need a quote from someone better at this than I am.


I also tried a different new battery and the original battery, just because I happened to have those extra parts lying around.


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