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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Can someone please distinguish these parts for me?

What is the difference between these parts:

Front Panel


Display Assembly

I asked a previous questions about which part(s) I need to fix a visibly cracked screen and dead pixels, and was told the Display Assembly. ($199, same as new phone if I wait for my upgrade eligibility)

As the crack in my screen is a fine hairline, I've decided I can live with the crack if there's a way to replace the now faulty display (dead pixels).

Why I'm confused is that the info about the display repair procedure says "Cracked or faulty display?". This sounds like it's referring to the glass. I think I just want whatever it's called, that creates the image on the screen.

To me, a display creates and presents an image, it's not the glass over the image (unless of course it's actually one piece of hardware) - thus my confusion.

Sorry for the long rambling.

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Hi Scott!

The Front Panel is the piece of glass over the LCD that includes the touchscreen digitizer. It's just a clear piece of glass with touch capability, and doesn't include the ear speaker or home button.

The Display is the LCD panel that provides the image. It's attached with adhesive to the Front Panel, so replacement can be slightly tricky.

The Display Assembly is the Front Panel and the Display stuck together, and it includes the ear speaker and home button.

In other words, if your front glass or touch capability are broken and you are adept at repair, replace the front panel (while transferring the ear speaker and home button).

If there are no images or backlight on the display and you are adept at repair, replace the display.

If something is wrong with either the glass, touch function, or picture, and you are timid about repair, replace the entire display assembly!

Sorry for the confusion!

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Thanks for the GREAT clarification!


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