Revamped version of the iPhone 3G with faster processing speeds. Repair of this device is similar to the 3G, and requires simple screwdrivers and prying tools. Model A1303 / 16 or 32 GB capacity / black or white plastic back.

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phone damaged by steam

My sisters iphone got damaged while she was cooking by steam and has the same damage traits as being dropped in water.

The 2 white dots inside the phone that indicate how much water has got in havent been effected.

I opened it and and cleaned the connectors but nothing changed, the phone's backlight doesn't work anymore and the touchscreen did work for a while but it seems to have stopped working as well.

I cant see any corrosion or visable damage besides some possible water stuck inside the glass.

The only other thing i can see is the small connector the number 3 connector has a black spot on it so im not sure if that could be anything

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If the LSI indicators show no liquid damage I would take it back to Apple for a warranty repair.

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well they want $200.00 for the repair, and my sister just bought a new one so i thought i would try to fix it.

If i bought a new screen+digitizer is it possible this would fix the issue or is it generally a problem that goes a bit deeper?

ill check out those guides, im happy to buy some new parts just trying to find the ones that cause the issue


Try the new parts if you have cleaned the phone. They may just work, but I think you will find problems with the backlight still (skillful solder skills needed or cheapish repair from online sources) Let us know.


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danny, since you already mentioned it, same traits as water damage, treat it as such. Follow this guide to get you started. It is for the 3G but essentially the same procedure. Hope this will at least get you started. Good Luck.

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