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My iPhone died and I need to get the pictures!Alright, seeing as how I am always answering questions here, I thought I'd reverse the roles here for a bit of fun. I have...
iMac is not booting (black screen, no chime)Hello Mac Experts (@mayer, @danj , @reecee and others) I have an iMac 27", Late 2012 that is not booting properly. It is...
iPad has very thin "cracks" along the edge of the LCD...but not reallyThis iPad has a dead zone on the left edge of the digitizer, about 5 mm from the edge. I proceeded to do a standard...
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Shuts down when disconnected from ACHi everyone. This is a follow-up to my MacBook Air 13” (2014) – Water Damage, will not power on. Thanks to everyone who...
MacBook Air 13” (2014) – Water Damage, will not power onHi everyone. I have a water damaged (tea) MacBook Air that was dead as a doorknob. No light on the MagSafe, no fan or...
Answer to "Why is my iPad mini 4 rebooting after battery replacement"It could be a bad replacement battery. If the original battery was still usable, I would re-install it to see if the problem is consistent with the board or the battery. However, the symptoms look more like the battery SWI line was damaged. Look for damage in the area surrounding the battery connector. Sometimes components get damaged when lifting the connector and some of those connectors allow the battery to communicate it’s charge state to the CPU. When they are damaged or missing, the device behaves just like yours.
Answer to "Battery replacement NFC scraped"I don’t think this is problematic. The coil doesn’t seem affected but the picture is too blurry to say for certain. You don’t need to tape it up unless the coil is exposed.
Answer to "Are iFixit screens weaker?"Which screen did you purchase? iFixit, like all vendors, offers various screen quality levels. You can get a used original screen which will be an original screen pulled from another device or you can get the regular screens which are aftermarket screens. I haven’t purchased an iFixit screen in a while so I can’t say for certain but I would certainly expect an aftermarket screen to be of lower quality than an original or premium level screen. That said, iFixit does stand behind their products so contact Support and see what they say.
Answer to "Micro soldering Audio IC for iPhone 7"To do an Audio IC repair, you need both the soldering station and hot air station. The hot air station will allow you to remove, reball and solder the audio IC in place. The soldering station will allow you to make the micro-jumpers necessary to complete the repair. Of course, you can get the Quick Hot Air Station which is really good but much less expensive than the Hakko. However, for the soldering station, I highly recommend the Hakko. Of course, you also need flux, solder, tweezers, various consumables for cleaning etc. This is a considerable investment in cash but also time, don’t do your first micro-soldering repair on an otherwise good device…not to mention that the Audio IC is a deceptively difficult repair with plenty of gotcha’s that can turn your phone into a brick. If you do this, get some dead or iCloud locked phones and practice a lot first.
Answer to "Backlight bleed and some other questions after new screen installation"This definitely looks like a poor quality screen (as to be expected. from Amazon/eBay suppliers). It is possible you damaged something or screwed something too tight so you’ll want to double check that while your are at it. As for the LCD adhesive, once you open it up, the adhesive will peel away irregularly. This brings up an important point when doing screen replacements. Always text the screen with the phone partially assembled before you lock it in. There’s nothing worse than sealing the device before noticing an issue or a forgotten screw or shield :-(.
Answer to "Device restarts when the progress bar appears when trying to restore"There are two things to unpack here. First, if the phone got stuck in a boot loop suddenly, what happened before that. Was the phone dropped, repaired or came into contact with water recently? Secondly, are you attempting a full DFU Restore or Update? iTunes Error 4013 is usually NAND related. Seeing as how this happened after an attempted Restore/Update, there is a strong possibility that the memory was corrupted. Was the device pretty much at it’s memory capacity
Answer to "Why is iPad constantly rebooting post battery replacement? See video"Roman has made an excellent suggestion but to me, the red flash is worrisome; this is usually associated with NAND issues. The NAND memory IC would have to be de-soldered, re-programmed and then reballed. Certainly not a DIY fix.
Answer to "iPhone XS laging and restarting after 3mn"Back Glass or Whole Housing replacements can suffer from the same issues, mainly damaged flexes or connectors. If the phone works fine without the cameras, then closely examine the camera flexes and connectors (and the equivalent connectors on the logic board. Look for tears in the flexes, even the tiniest ones. Sometimes the connector pins get damaged or some surrounding components can be fully or partially dislodged. All of this inspection may require some magnification. EDIT 2020-10-26 Take a closer at this flex, based on your picture below (https://ibb.co/g9qRMTj).
Answer to "Reboot during call after 10 min"You probably damaged on of the flexes. Go back and check your work, look for tiny tears or any other sign of damage. If you can’t see anything wrong, then disconnect less essential flexes like cameras (always disconnect the battery first!) one at a time until the phone becomes stable.
Answer to "broke the "small antenna" during battery change procedure"It is the Right Cellular Antenna. With a damaged antenna, you will have less (or no) cellular sugnal.
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