With the front panel mostly stripped down, we finally get to display removal.
"Finally" because we've gotten accustomed to Apple's display-out-first iPhone assembly—which greatly simplifies display repairs—so we’re not sure why some manufacturers insist on burying both the screen and the battery. At least make one easy to replace!
Liberal heat around the edges of the glass and we're able to easily slide an opening pick around the perimeter, separating the adhesive.
...A little too easily, in fact, as we discovered the exact wrong place to slice and dice, severing the digitizer cable.
Feel free to thank us for our noble sacrifice, breaking our phone so you don't have to.
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