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iPwn: Fixing a broken iPhone glass screen for $5 September 19, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Hardware, iPhone, Issues.

While users are reasonably assured that the iPhone screen is relatively scratch-proof, apparently it isn’t shatter-proof.

Some folk are finding their iPhones with shattered screens, for various reasons, and Apple refuses to cover this in the warranty. The repair, not surprisingly, costs more than the phone itself. According to Apple, a new glass screen (just the glass screen, not the touch-sensitive surface) costs US$250 plus tax and shipping. Doh!

A dude going by the name of Epic Proportions on The Something Awful Forums pulled out his week-old iPhone from his pocket and saw that the screen, for some reason, had shattered. Dismayed by Apple’s response to his cry for help, he figured out a way to fix it for US$5 and some time and elbow grease.

Read about the story of Epic Proportions and get a step-by-step of his ingenious workable solution here.



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