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March 23, 2015
Total blackout. After a popular "waterproof" case failed while snorkeling on vacation, threw my phone in a bag of rice and took it to a repair guy, the phone worked again after an ultrasonic isopropyl bath. But, it was never the same, it suffered a slow and painful death within the next 6 months poor battery performance, loss of volume and power button function, and screen sensitivity issues.
Great! I am no iphone pro. But knew my way around tiny electronics. Had it back together in little over an hour.
Get the screw placement placard, keeps you organized when you get into the guts. Love my Ifixit tools.
February 23, 2015
The original battery was not working properly, also the power, audio cable was a mess. Apple had a recall on this problems. I checked apple site with my iphone serial number and I was included in the recall. I sent my i5 to apple and they contacted me saying I need to pay $250, and I ask them that what was the recall about then if they were going to charge me. They could not give me an answer. Since I have already got an i6, I've decided to do the repair my self. That's when I found ifixit.
Every thing went well since this is not my first time to open an iphone.
Pay attention to the screw sizes when taking the Iphone apart.
January 17, 2015
The main problem started with the power button intermittently working, and eventually randomly working on it's own. It was annoying having screenshots taken at random, and the phone randomly trying to shut down, including while having conversations with other people.
The secondary problem I found, was that the battery would run down very very quickly especially in the cold. Right before replacing it, it had gotten so bad that the battery would fail halfway through the day, and would take hours of charging just for it to start again.
The fix went surprisingly smooth; I drew quadrants on a piece of paper and I applied double sided tape to each quadrant, in order to hold my screws in exactly the same order that I took them out in (made things much simpler, IFitit does sell a tray to do exactly that but I didn't come across it until after the fix was completed). I carefully followed the Ifixit guide with great success. The power button itself was more difficult to take out then the guide would lead you to believe, but with a little convincing it came out.
One thing I discovered after reassembling the entire phone, is that it would be a good idea to keep an eye on where the camera is and if the lens gets touched. I thought I had been pretty careful with it, as it turns out I would've needed to clean it anyway before reassembling (the environmental dust of my home was enough to fog it up with specs of something). I've yet to set aside the time to pull it back apart to clean the lens off, i'm not overly worried about it until then.
January 12, 2015
I bought an iPhone from a friend who completely destroyed his. I had to replace the screen and power button because the phone was in BAD condition (see pictures)
Repair is very easy, took me only 30 minutes. No issues taking the screen off or putting the new one on! Also, the part I got from ifixit is good quality.
If you don't have tools specially for an iPhone, buy the fix kit! It comes with a Pentalobe screwdriver needed to get the bottom screws off!!!