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Can a connector be replaced on an iPhone5s motherboard?

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How's life???

I need your help.

I replaced my iphone5s screen at a third party techshop as I'm not covered by warranty. The next day, I noticed My wifi and Bluetooth reception were really poor. I had to stand next to the Hifi system and my wifi router to use them.

I read an online fix and I opened up my iphone to check if the antennas were properly connected. I fastened the screws as they appeared a bit loose

Now I coupled the phone back, and powered it to check signal and the touch had stopped working. I opened and tried cleaning the screen connectors On the mother board and the last pin on the highest connector closest to the camera peeled off. My day went sour mmediately.

Please is there a fix for this connector or is the mother board condemned? And what does the connector do? Any reply or suggestion will be appreciated.


Update (05/11/2017)

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Hello again

So last night I couldn't sleep. I kept hearing voices like "the dock is already bad, it could only get worse and finally replaced. Go push ur luck a bit further. Ifixit's got ya back!" The spirit of my dead iphone was literally haunting me


+1 Haunting indeed :>)


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Unfortunately, you should have gone back to the repair shop once you noticed something was wrong.

The top-right connector is for the back camera whereas the top-left connector is for the digitizer (touch). Take a look at this guide, specifically steps 19-21 & 24 to see which connector does what. Can you please confirm exactly which connector you are referring to?

If the damaged connector is the digitizer one, then surely this will affect your Touch. The connector can be replaced but this requires a micro-soldering repair and it is not a DIY fix. You will need to find a reputable repair shop that specializes in this kind of repair.

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Yea, tho the repair shop is kinda far from home, I should have gone back to have it checked. Now my mind !$$&*! me at intervals (that kind af felling). I'm kind of techy tho. I always fixed my iphone 5cs screen myself wen ever it broke or had lines, fixed iPad 3s touch once, I've fixed my 5s' screen on my own too. My Today fell into a well.

It's the top left dock closer to the battery when lookin down at the open phone and holding it with sleep button up.

It's the first tiny pin like metal to the left of the dock that is to go into the female dock when placed. It pelled off completely.

Thanks for your quick response.

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@kumawills add some pictures of which connector and what the issues with your question. Use this guide for that Adding images to an existing question


I did that now.


@kumawills if you took first aid courses, served with a medical emergency team, and suddenly your friend needs to fix his decaying tooth, how would you help? Do it yourself because you are (something)_savvy or point him towards a good dentist? How about if the dentist lent you his professional tools? Would you do it and drill a hole in your friend's tooth?

In summary, being tech savvy is no way near enough to do micro-soldering. Micro-soldering is about technique, skill, tools. Because the challenge is 1/ replacing this connector 2/ without ruining everything around it (such as eeprom = throw the phone away) or the Wi-Fi chip on the back side (bye bye Wi-Fi). A tech_dumb dentist has a much better chance at succeeding in a micro-soldering repair (not that they would want to) than a tech savvy guy.


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