The other day we had a repair shop out of Georgia send us an iPhone 6 that had long screw damage. Just to explain, long screw damage is when you mix up the screws that hold down the shield that covers the camera, digitizer, lcd, home button flex cables. Although these screws are extremely tiny each one is a different length. This is why it is so important to keep them in order. What happens is you grab a screw that is just a bit longer and start to screw it into the hole. Once you have screwed it in you have pierced the top layer of the motherboard and have now torn/broke a trace inside the actual motherboard. We were able to help this dealer out with their customers phone. They had only broken a trace on the first layer of the board. Check the picture out to get a visual idea of what mixing the screws up can do.
We have been having a lot of water damage phones come into the shop here lately due to the warmer weather and folks going out into the lake/pools etc. The first thing people tend to do when their phone gets submerged in water is put it in rice. Let me go ahead and tell this to all the people who say that their phone was saved from putting it in rice, if your phone turned back on after putting it in rice then IT WAS NEVER WATER DAMGED to begin with. When your phone is truly water damaged the last thing you want is for the water to dry inside the phone. Corrosion can start to occur within minutes of the water entering your phone. Once corrosion starts, vital parts of the motherboard can be eaten away. I have attached a photo of a iPhone 6s that a customer brought in for a water damage repair. Normally I only recommend data recovery but the mother was very upset because she was still paying for the phone on Verizon's Edge program so I decided to try and help her out. With the help of Anthony we were able to eliminate a short on the VCC_MAIN power line due to corrosion and not properly treating the water damage. Once the short was cleared the phone booted up and we noticed the rear camera didn't work. The reason it didn't work was due to the fact the customer put the phone in rice and allowed the phone to dry. This caused the pads underneath the LDO chip (which is like an on and off switch for the rear camera) to lose one of its vital pads that connects the LDO to the motherboard. Because of this now the customer would have to pay an extra fee for us to rebuild that pad by using a jumper. This plus the cost of the original water damage repair would exceed the value of the phone so she took it as is with no rear camera. This could all have been prevented had she brought the phone in ASAP and left the rice in the cabinet. Moral of the story, if your phone is exposed to water get it to a cellphone repair shop ASAP.
We have had many customers lately coming into the shop having issues with their iPhone charging. Symptoms include the following:
1. My charger will only charge my battery if it has power but not if its stone cold dead.
2. My phone shows that its charging but the percentage never increases.
3. Sometimes my phone charges and sometimes it doesn't
4. My phone doesn't charge at all.
5. My phone powers on and shows the Apple logo but then turns off.
If you are one of the persons experiencing this problem you may have a problem with a chip on your motherboard called "Tristar." This chip is responsible for allowing your phone to accept a charge and when its damaged it can cause symptoms that are not always the same for each person. The main problem is people are not using a MFI certified iPhone charging cable. The reason you want to use a MFI certified cable is that Apple is actually providing the tiny circuit boards and chips which protect your phone from power surges and only allows a certain amount of power to enter your device. Without the proper chips provided by Apple you are risking the life of your device. Just to give you an idea, Apple normally charges around $5-$6 for the MFI circuit board to cable manufacturers and chips that go in the tip of the charger. So 9 times out of 10 if your on Amazon or eBay and see a charger for $2 you are more than likely buying poison for your cellphone so BUYER BEWARE cheaper isn't always better. Attached is a photo of the cables we sell in the shop that are MIFI certified and this way you have an idea of what should be under the plastic end piece of the charger.