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The Apple iPhone 5s was announced on September 10, 2013. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, and requires screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

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iPhone wont turn on after removal of rear camera

So, I had to remove the rear camera for work reasons. When i removed the camera, I re-assembled the phones components and the phone worked without problem. I was able to re-install the camera recently for a vacation, but after i removed the camera again the phone would not turn on. Any suggestions about what could possible be going on?

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Removing or installing a rear camera should not kill a phone...

Is the phone recognized by iTunes when you connect it with a Lightning cable to an iTunes enabled computer? If so, shine a bright flashlight on the screen to see if you have a dim image. A dim image would point to a backlight issue. Not being recognized would point to a more serious logic board issue.

A few things I can imagine happening are:

  • You may have damaged the camera connector on the logic board which could be causing a short circuit. Do a good visual inspection.
  • You may have accidentally dislodged some components on the logic board, in the area surrounding the connectors. This can happen when we pry the connectors with our nails, tweezers or plastic prying tools. Again, do a thorough visual inspection, preferably with magnification, to see if you notice anything wrong.
  • If you have been disconnecting the battery prior to your camera removals, check the battery connector and that surrounding area as well.

So start checking and report back.

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I verified that the phone still is recognized by iTunes but the dim image would not appear on the screen. I did some more looking around and saw that the connector cables between the logic board and the screen were damaged. I switched the screen out and the phone worked just fine. Thanks.


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