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The continuing saga, connecting people back with their devices whether they like it or not.
The first thing I noticed was that the repair guide was exactly the same as the iPod touch 5 guide. Like, exactly the same, copied and pasted. This made things a bit difficult for me midway through because although the architecture between the two devices is very similar, they are not the same. I'll flesh this out a bit in my advice section.
Aside from that the repair was quite uneventful. This device belonged to the same person as the iPod 5 I wrote about earlier (iPod Touch 5 - Take One) and the repair overall was easier: the screen was in better shape and held its form better, enabling me to remove it with greater ease. I'm also a huge fan of the architectural improvements from 5 to 6, things are much easier to access and dis/connect. 5/5, would rip apart again.
There are several differences between the ipod 5 and ipod 6 that you should take into account. Eventually I'll get around to writing a proper guide, if nobody beats me to it.
- The home button is not wound into the LCD shield the way it is on the iPod 5. Do NOT attempt to disconnect it before popping the shield. In fact, the only time you'll need to worry about the home button is removing it from your old screen, and taking care around the connector when prying out the Li battery.
- There is an extra (1.6mm?) screw securing the speaker to the rear case. Ensure that you have removed SIX screws (not five) when disconnecting the lightning connector/headphone jack/speaker assembly.
- The adhesive holding the battery to the rear case is MUCH stronger than that in the iPod 5. Be sure to exercise extreme patience, and note the location and position of the strips in the photo I have provided. GO SLOW. I recommend switching to two opening cards, one on each side, once you have pried gently all the way around with your opening tools. Use gentle, firm, constant flexion upwards, and be ready to catch it when it pops out so you don't damage the logic board.
- The cables that connect to the logic board are much more robust, and tipped with (aluminum?) on the backing. This makes them much easier to connect and disconnect.
- That being said, the battery fits more snugly against the logic board in the 6. Make sure your connectors are secure before plunking the battery back in and throwing the shield back in. If the connectors pop, that's another twenty minutes of work ahead of you removing the shield and lightning assembly again.
- The battery does not need to be twisted 1/4 turn to free it from the case, once the adhesive is removed. Simply folding it out is fine.
I'd dropped my iPhone 4 and smashed the rear glass panel. Genius Bar replacement cost in Australia appeared to be north of AUD$200 !
I took the opportunity to order other useful tools and accessories from the iFixit web site which all came in at less than half the cost of glass panel repair in Australia!
My order arrived from the USA within 3 days! Fantastic!
Following MJ's step by step guide on the iFixit web site, the repair was completed in around 90 seconds. Awesome! I was really impressed.
The repair explanation was very clear and all the parts were excellent, well presented and packaged in an iFixit box.
Check out the cost of repairing an item yourself versus paying over the counter repair cost.
If you have the right equipment, like the excellent iFixit Pro Tech Tool Kit, and you follow the clear iFixit web site instructions I'm sure you'll be as surprised as I was as to how much easier, and less costly, it is to do your own repair.
Having bought an iFixit Pro Tech Tool Kit to initially test my inexperienced repair skills, by sacrificing the memory on a MacBook Pro with a smashed screen to create a workable MacBook Pro with a caput memory. The task was successfully completed which has led to friends asking for me to check out their old and/or failing out of warranty Apple equipment.
Straight forward. Worked the first time.
Use a clean white area like a anti-static mat. A head magnifier helps. The assembly requires patience as the screws are very small and hard for the average person to work with.
I thought I had a crack on the screen of my I-phone 4s, so I order a new screen and battery and I started taking it apart I broke one of the screws so I put it back together and ordered a complete set of screws for it. I got everything and I went to take it apart and when I took off the screen plastic cover I discovered that the screen was fine only the plastic and a scratch in it. So now I have everything I need to repair it if I ever get a cracked screen
look closely first
I got the tools as a basic set for my office, not to fix a problem I already had. I open up Nintendo carts, phones, poorly designed / broken stuff, and this is a good selection of tools to have to do that, it has many common and a few more rare security bits. It's nicely made.
First thing I did was remove the beeper from my phone's wireless charging pad. Ah...quiet.
Yes! The Jimmy is stamped out of a nice flexible stainless steel. It should have it's edges nicely rounded over to reduce damage to soft plastic cases. It isn't. I'll be doing that today, but other people might not have the proper tools to do that.
The head magnifier uses friction nuts to hold the visor up...but the left side loosens, it should have a left-handed thread...I'll be adding some locktite.