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Answer to "I dropped my phone and it restarts every one minute?"You will need to open up the phone and carefully inspect the connections and the condition of the flexes. Sometimes a torn flex can cause boot loop conditions. If everything looks good, then you may have an issue with the logic board such as cracked solder balls or dislodged components. This requires micro-soldering experience to repair and is not DIY.
Answer to "Charging issues on Ipad devices"I can’t speak for the Pro but on the iPad Air, the problem is usually with the charge port or the battery. By charging IC, I presume you are referring to the Tristar IC. However, I have not seen much success when changing that IC. When the problem persists, it is usually the PMIC. However, they are a more challenging repair and the replacement cost of a PMIC can be quite high so not all customers agree to the repair for such an old device.
Answer to "iPhone 8 rear camera Autofocus problem"There are no available schematics for the iPhone 8 so you will have to do some educated guesswork based on what info we do have for the 8 Plus. The iPhone 8 has only one connector for the rear camera whereas the 8 Plus has two (J3900 & J4000). The 8 Plus camera is more advanced so there are going to be features which are not present in the 8. Ideally, if you have another iPhone 8 on hand, you could compare the diode mode measurements of the RCAM connector to see if anything stands out. The iPhone 8 rear camera will have several power lines controlling it. Take a look at this snapshot of the 8 Plus to give you an idea of what could be in play.
Answer to "iPhone 6s Won't charge when turned on"I suspect you have a Tristar issue but follow the recommendations below to rule out other, easier problems first. When troubleshooting charging issues, I would do the following (in order): (1) Always try another Lightning cable and charger, preferably Apple original or MFi certified units. (2) The Lightning cable 8-pin connector should be sitting flush with the housing and completely inserted. If it is not, there could be lint/dust/debris inside the port impeding a proper connection. You can clean it out with a toothpick, fine point tweezers or a dental pick. Just be careful not to damage the pins inside the Lightning Port. (3) Change the battery. The battery is the weakest link in the entire phone and certainly for charger related issues. It is also the easiest thing to replace. Use a battery utility, such as coconutBattery (for Mac) or 3uTools (for Windows) to test the battery prior to removal. Anything less than 70% of design capacity will require replacement. (4) If the battery is in good condition, you c...
Answer to "I need a screen ONLY, no tools"Yes you can. Just follow this link and select “part only” if you want the screen to be fully populated (front camera, sensor, heat shield etc.) or this link if you want the screen only (you will have to transfer over the front camera, sensor and heat shield). You will also need to order the screen adhesive.
Answer to "iFixit iPhone XS Max Aftermarket Blank Rear Glass Panel w/Lens Cover"I have not purchased or used the back glass for the X series so hopefully someone else will chime in. As for waterproofness…the iPhone XS is water resistant, not water proof. See this support page by Apple for more details. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes). iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus have a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Liquid damage is not covered under warranty. Now, IMHO, these specs are only attainable when the phone is assembled in factory conditions (dust-free environment, repeatable processes etc.). Any repair outside of those conditions will not achieve the same level of water resistance. It may, but statistically speaking, any device you or any other third party shop does will not meet those spe...
Answer to "iPhone 5S apparently dead"First, not all screw holes are connected to ground. Use the SIM reader as that is easily accessible and connected to ground. Second, seeing as how this follows a screen replacement, I would double check my work and insure there are no damaged flexes (screen) and that the connectors and surrounding area did not sustain any damage or debris. The iPhone 5S is prone to developing Long-Screw Damage (LSD). This occurs when the screws for the LCD retaining bracket are mixed up and a long screw goes where a short one should be. This damages the pcb and cuts traces that pass directly underneath the standoff. I would also re-install the original screen to see if that makes a difference as low cost/quality screens can be problematic. If the screen makes no difference, then you most likely damaged something on the logic board. Continue your probing and if the 0V persists on VCC_MAIN, then you have a short somewhere that needs to be found. Depending on your skill level, you could either hunt it down yourself using the sch...
Answer to "iPhone 6s doesn't vibrate"Looks like you did an exhaustive troubleshooting…for someone who says they don’t understand all the interactions, you have done a thorough job! I don’t have a solution per se but I’ll make a few suggestions which may help you find the problem. Some of these you may have already tried but not documented: (1) The first thing I would do at this point is validate the condition of my parts. Can you try the Taptic engines in a working phone? You have to know 100% that the original and the replacement do indeed work. (2) Is U3800 getting power? Obviously VCC_MAIN works but have you looked at the power on pin 2 of the L3800 coil and PP_ARC_VBOOST? You should be measuring 8V there. I don’t know if the 8V is always there or not which leads me to the next point… (3) Check the AP_TO_ARC_RESET_L line to see if it is Low (0V). That would keep the Arc driver in RESET mode and disable it. Similarly, look at the I2C lines (I2C1_AP_SDA/I2C1_AP_SCL). Check them in diode mode (they should be balanced) and then power the device a...
Answer to "Why does my iPad mini 2 keep powering down"When troubleshooting charging issues, I would do the following (in order): (1) Always try another Lightning cable and charger, preferably Apple original or MFi certified units. (2) The Lightning cable 8-pin connector should be sitting flush with the housing and completely inserted. If it is not, there could be lint/dust/debris inside the port impeding a proper connection. You can clean it out with a toothpick, fine point tweezers or a dental pick. Just be careful not to damage the pins inside the Lightning Port. (3) Change the battery. The battery is the weakest link in the entire phone and certainly for charger related issues. Use a battery utility, such as coconutBattery (for Mac) or 3uTools (for Windows) to test the battery prior to removal. Anything less than 70% of design capacity will require replacement. (4) If the battery is in good condition, you can use a USB Ammeter to determine if the device is really drawing current when it says it's charging. If it isn't drawing current, then may have a logic bo...
Answer to "Dropped my iPhone X and it wont turn on"What fixes have you tried? The iPhone X has a very thin and flexy logic board and is more likely to suffer catastrophic failure following a drop than previous phone models. The OLED display is also more sensitive to physical impacts. This could be screen related but if you connected your phone to an iTunes enabled computer and the device was not recognized, then you most likely have a logic board issue. I would recommend you find an experienced micro-solderer in your area so that they can do a thorough diagnostic.
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