Do you have iPhone with broken screen? So you go to Apple Store and told you need to shell out $109 for iPhone 6 or $129 for iPhone 6+? And that price is only valid if your housing does not have any dent or bend. If your phone is out of shape which could cause the screen not sit flush, Apple Store will not replace your screen unless you pay $295 for iPhone 6 and $329 for iPhone 6+. And 6s series even costs more!
So you look around for local repair shop for cheaper price and found out there are different prices? Why? It’s just screen? Why are different qualities? Well glass replacement only on your screen is possible. But it is alot faster and cheaper for repair shop to replace whole screen / LCD and give you credit for your broken yet working LCD and digitizer. You can watch many YouTube video how it’s done then you will understand it.
So what many honest repair shop are offering a replacement parts that is made with original LCD and digitizer or parts that is made from Chinese LCD manufactures’ who have figured out how to make cheaper LCD. They both work the same and most of the times, you wouldn’t notice the difference. Then why big deal? Because some dishonest repair store will sell you Chinese copy LCD screen while they claim it is original LCD. So we are here to present you what is difference between original or after market parts.
To make iPhone 6 slim, Apple had to create thinner LCD because they could not use thinner glass otherwise, it will break too easy.
As you can see in the picture, original iPhone 6 LCD thickness is 2.14mm. Making it to this specification is difficult and expensive, so third party LCD manufactures have come up with their own designed LCD which works with iPhone, however LCD is thicker. It works the same but since the LCD is thicker, you might feel the difference when it’s assembled. iPhone is designed to have no space inside, so it will raise up the screen as there is no room inside.
China screen manufactures’ have figure out cheaper way to make screen to compete in the market. This is great savings to you but you need to know what you are getting. Here are the examples:
Above two displays are for iPhone 6. Both works without any issue, however there is a BIG cosmetic difference.
Before we show the difference, can you tell which is OEM?
Yes, left one is OEM. As you can see, non OEM clearly has border around display area as OEM has black glossy finish from top to bottom.
I have another picture to show more detail of difference. OEM has smooth black from top to bottom but generic parts clearly shows grayish border line of display.
It is because original parts is assembled glass with LCD and digitizer fused.
As you can see in the picture above, glass is fused to the LCD which has digitizer attached.
Generic parts are made with glass fused with digitizer to LCD which looks like the part above.
So what does it matter?
If you keep you after market assembled unit for long time, this may happen to the screen.
Do you see the bubbling around the edge?
This happens after long usage and the digiizer film peels off from the glass thus it creates this ugly effect.
Mainly, difference is cosmetic which described above. However when using generic parts, since digitizer is fused to glass, you may notice lagging or delay when touching screen. Also generic part manufactures uses normal LCD thus you may experience faded color or pixelated screen.
Why would you want to use those cheap generic parts for your beloved phone? So think twice before buying those generic parts.