Released September 25, 2015. Model A1687/A1634. Repair of this device is similar to previous generations, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 64, or 128 GB / Silver, Gold, Space Gray, or Rose Gold options.

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iPhone in loop and won't turn on after dropping in bathtub

I think it's a 7 or 7+ idk...Stupid old me dropped my phone in the bathtub while trying to listen to some answer a phone call! It seemed fine initially, just looked like it had a bit of water damage with the screen but nothing a bit of drying couldn't fix. I took off the otter box case right away and towel dried it first, and I tested if all the gears and whistles worked and everything worked just fine except it was stuck in headphones mode. No problem, just restart it, right? Wrong! I go to do that and then it went in a continuous loop of apple logo then black screen for about an hour while I tried to restart it. I tried to connect it to my computer and iTunes didn't recognize it. It turned back on for a hot second and showed it was charging before going back into that stupid loop again. I put it in DFU mode but again iTunes didn't recognize my phone and so I just tried restarting it and back to the loop, before it completely went off and nothing's going on with the screen now. I also dried it with a hair dryer and it's dry as a bone now and plugged into my wall. I don't know what to do! I have a busy af week and literally can't function professionally without a phone for this week of all weeks!

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Once the phone is exposed to liquid, the battery needs to be replaced. Chances are the battery is dead, which is why the phone will not boot. iPhones will only show the logo, then shut off if it doesn't detect a battery.

Take it in to a repair shop and have it diagnosed, the water damage/corrosion cleared out, and the battery replaced. Hopefully that solves it.

It's best that you don't plug it into the charger as it will make the make the corrosion worse and likely damage more of the motherboard. :(

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