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How to tell the difference between an original iPhone LCD and a copy LCD
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Inside Look Into the Current LCD Factory Prices Available To Wholesale Buyers

Good day! How are you? Wish everything goes well at your end.

Below i would like to update the iphone price with you:

iphone 5/5s/5c LCD assembly, copy AA$14.94, copy AAA $16.49
iphone 6 LCD assembly, copy AA $27.18, copy AAA $28.89
iphone 6 plus LCD assembly,copy AAA $72.69
iphone 6s LCD assembly, original LCD with copy touch $96.11
iphone 6s plus LCD assembley,original LCD with copy touch $150.79

Other brands also available,such as samsung, Sony, LG, MOTO, Huawei, BQ, Acatel, and also tablet PC... If any inquiry please feel free to contact me.

Lead time: 1~2 days
Shipping: 2~5 days by DHL, UPS, Fedex...
Warranty:12 months
Packing: each lcd packed with a pp bag, then into a plastic tray, and double protection of the Paper box after the standard foam box inside
Parts Test:Spot test from factory, then full tests by our purchasing departments, and we also ensure a final full tests again by strict professional QC team

Do you have any purchase plan recently? Welcome to send your inquiry to us, we can send you a price to compare with other suppliers.
Any question please feel free to contact me.

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NEW iPhone 7 reported to use Samsung / LG OLED (Organic light-emitting diode) screen instead of LCD.
It's not unheard of for Apple to use Samsung parts in their smartphones - they've been doing it since the very beginning. What is unheard of thus far is Apple's use of an OLED display panel from Samsung on any one of their devices. With the use of an OLED panel, the iPhone will be brighter and more intense than ever before.
The Korean Herald reported that Samsung has signed a contract with Apple to supply 100 million OLED screens in 2017.
It's said LG has also added a product line for OLED screens, which will be put into production in early 2017. So in early 2017 or at the latest by 2018, we will see iPhone made of OLED screen. "Samsung Display will create 100 million displays annually "within three years."
This will be somewhat of an issue for repair parts suppliers and repair facilities when considering the iPhone 7,
The OLED technologies, are basically monopolized by LG and Samsung
Unfortunately the Chinese LCD screen manufacturers for the time being has no technical ability to produce the small size OLED screen replacements in any large quantity or a high standard. (Though TM and JDF's OLED product lines are under construction and pre-production, there is still a long way to go for them to meet iPhone product's standards).
Besides, the 3D touch function of iPhone LCD screen assembly increases the technical difficulty of production.
The China made OLED screen replacements do not meet the demands of the market in short term nor will the expectation be for them to do so anytime soon.
As for the third party repair shops, refurbished LCD screen supplies that come from the glass-only broken LCD screen customers, will be the major source of screen availability.
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How China's Factories Are Keeping the Price of LCD replacements under $20
Limited Original Apple LCD Availability On Going.
LCD production technologies are already quite mature in China (both as high, medium and low-levels).
Chinese manufactured copies for the previous iPhone LCD 4/5/6 family are currently in production from the likes of TM, LT, & JDF these are cost benifitial alternatives to higher Apple OEM screen costs, even if what you save in money you utimatly end up losing somewhat in quality.
The technology levels differ as does the manufacturing process with TM using Glass + Film structure, LT using One Glass Solution structure & JDF using Glass + Glass structure, instead of the shortage of foxcon's OEM LCD's
G+G = Glass + Glass
The digitizer touch sensor is made on a glass lens then the glass assembled with the cover lens as a whole digitizer touch screen assembly. Apparently, this kind of structure will increase the thickness of the digitizer touch screen, but it makes it possible that when the screen break, the digitizer screen works as usual.
G+F = Glass + Film
structure, which build the sensor part on a film layer then assemble the film layer with the glass lens to be a whole digitizer touch screen, but when the screen is cracked the whole unit is unusable.
OGS = One Glass Solution
One Glass Solution is a touchscreen technology which reduces the thickness of display. It removes one of the layers of glass from the traditional capacitive touchscreen stack. The basic idea is to replace the touch module glass by a thin layer of insulating material, but when the screen is cracked the whole unit is unusable.
Apple is working on tightening their own supplying chains for after-sale service, OEM parts will be more strictly controlled by Apple. Additionally, since iPhone 5S is going to retire from the market, the OEM screens will disappear in market soon. Facing this situation, repair shops, distributors and suppliers should work together to find out the solution to meet terminal customers' demand. The copy iPhone LCDs will be a good substitute for customers who don't want to pay as much as Apple's official price.
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Sneak Peek!
(Chinese Cellular Parts Market)

As you know! from the beginning of this year, the iPhone LCD prices have continued to rise, coupled with a wholesale supply shortage it is now proving even harder to acquire iPhone parts across the whole market.
The iPhone 5 series both original and original LCD with copy touch are extremely limited with almost no available stock and long lead times.
  The AA grade copies are now leading the market in availability...But also suffer from supply shortage.
As for the iphone 6, the prices continue to rise exponentially, last week the price was around $60 usd this week it increased a further $7 usd today the price is set to increase another $1.5 usd to $2 usd per unit.
As if these issues weren't enough for Chinese suppliers, Now many brands are proactively attempting to protect thier patents throughout the entire China mobile parts market, making suppliers within this market very nervous.
Some suppliers have already ceased operations in order to avoid the risk of inspection.
Due to the additional risks, the markets forecast is that within the next 2 months we will see all the logo'd parts for brand names such as samsung, sony, LG,Huawei. Continue to rise in price! and any available supplies to decrease.  
An example to illustrate this would be the samsung S4 with frame, last week it sold for around $65 usd, today the price rose a further $4 usd, just using this LCD price for reference, it shows that the future availability of all logo'd parts are expected to be volatile, just as with the iphone supply situation are expected to continue to suffer.

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As I'm sure everyone is aware there is a shortage of iPhone 5 series Lcd's available in the shenzhen market,
As Apple continue to push there iPhone 6 series for greater sales they decided to destroy stock piles of series 5 lcd materials held by Foxconn thus reducing the availability of parts and material leakage to the factories who re-engineer the 5 series screens without the relevant authority, and by all accounts It's been reliably rumoured that it's not likely to improve soon, as along with this strategy Apple have also instructed Foxconn to improve their efforts to effectively managing the material leakage of series 6 parts from its manufacturing centres.
As the prices continue to increase due to market forces and the old adage of supply and demand it might be time to start looking at reconditioning those lens damaged units you've got laying around as were sure to see the actual lcd continue to increase in material value.
We have seen a minimum $10-$15 usd per unit increase across the board with some grades becoming totally unavailable, all series 5 (5g-5c-5s) iPhone replacement lcd's are now subject to pre-order and reservation by the factories to the shenzhen traders, and a price increase that reflects this drought is obviously going to be passed on to the wholesalers.
Of course the current weak Canadian dollar is making this problem worse as a $15 usd increase is in actual fact a $19.72 Canadian dollar increase per unit.
In light of these events we will soon start selling lens replacement sets for our retail customers these sets include,

A complete DIY repair set;
1 x OEM grade replacement glass lens
1 x alignment mould
1 x tool set
1 x lens to frame sticker
1 x 3ml syringe of 1000 mPa*s ultra low viscosity Liquid optical adhesive
1 x 395mn ultra violet mini flashlight
1 x 15cm x 15cm micro fibre polishing cloth.
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iPhone LCD replacements explained

You've broken the screen on your iPhone!

What to do now ?

Well your probably going to fall into one of four groups, depending on the phones age, its condition and its warranty coverage.

Group one - Apple Repair or Apple Care,

Group Two - Local Repair store,

Group Three - DIY Repair,

Group Four - Chuck it out of a fast moving vehicle, along with the odd obligatory expletive following in close formation as the phone makes its escape.

Groups one and two, simply pay someone else to obtain the parts and install them for a fixed price, Group three Google it,shop for a part and install it yourself, this is the most cost effective option assuming of course that you buy intelligently and install carefully.

So why is it so important to know what you're buying, well again the answer is simple, quality! quality equals lasting optimal functionality.

What is the point of replacing your screen at a discount if your original saving is short lived and soon repeated?

In the words of Sir Francis Bacon “ipsa scientia potestas est” (Knowledge Its Self Is Power)

So let us exchange some knowledge, iPhone LCD are available in many grades or variants.

But before we get into these differences we need to touch on the composition and manufacturing process. An iPhone LCD assembly consists of 4 main components,




Data Flex

The digitizer is the front glass the lcd is what displays your imagery and the data flex is what connects these to your phones logic board.

All original assemblies are manufactured for Apple by Foxconn, Foxconn are a highly efficient and technologically advanced contract manufacturer some of their main products are iPhones,iPads,Blackberry,Kindle,Xbox One,Playstation 4,Wii U.

This is worth a mention because it illustrates the main difference between actual original Apple iPhone screens and what you will most likely buy.

None of the Chinese factories manufacturing LCD’s have processes that are as advanced as Foxconn’s, for example Foxconn screens do not have any visible adhesive bleed, third party manufactured screens do, and to differing degrees depending on how advanced there own process are.

So now we know that the only truly brand new OEM LCD is supplied by Apple.

(True in Most Cases, Not All ) of course there are exceptions to every rule, but these are definitely exceptions not the norm, we will come to these later in this article.


Merchants who offer replacement LCD screens often describe their screens as

(Brand New Original or OEM or Original Quality or premium, Grade A Grade B Ect.)

Or with no actual quantifiers at all, but just advertise them as iPhone (add number) full LCD assembly.

The probability is that you will end up obtaining an inferior product simply because this one is cheaper than that other cheap one and on a shelf full of nondescript cheapness the world according to Ebay and amazon simplifies the choice to basic cost, now I’m not saying cost isn't an admirable denominator but without the additional median of value it isn't in my humble opinion the smartest or practicable choice.

This explanation of variants isn't by any means exhaustive but it will give you an overview as to some of the main differences and what to ask for or expect from whatever screen you choose to buy.

Ok so 80% of original replacement screens have in some way been reclaimed and recycled,

with the highest amount of these resulting from trauma to the digitizer (Glass). the other 20% can be attributed to material leakage and 100% of imitation assemblies are manufactured by third parties. (The percentiles i have used are not accurate they are included to illustrate the general quotas)

Buy-back companies repair stores and the tech savvy public will source these type of damaged screens for repair, these damaged digitizers are then separated from the frame and LCD, once the LCD has been cleaned thoroughly a new digitizer is attached with Liquid optically clear adhesive or (LOCA - as abbreviated). The replacement digitizer can be either an OEM part or High copy alternative.(OEM digitizers are Retina display Copies are not)

Asian Factories and traders will also buy-back used damaged screens for repair and assembly, they can also however obtain rejects directly from the OEM provider through internal leakage, this is were Apples official supplier fails to proficiently control their material leakage, once they do however there will be a shortage of supply and availability in the market. (by all accounts this has already started as even now there are sporadic shortages in availability).

Asian manufacturers also manufacture in house complete assemblies with either part or all components consisting of OEM and High copy.(The LCD cannot be copied so will always remain OEM)

The above examples are also reflected within the internal replacement parts market, a large percentage are recovered parts and removed from existing iPhone’s, a percentage are brand new OEM and a percentage are High copy imitations. Funnily enough the pulled parts and copied parts come with warrantees the brand new original parts do not.

Screen Variants,

Original LCD - Original Flex - Original Digitizer (Retina),

Original LCD - Original Flex - High Copy Digitizer,

Original LCD - Original Flex - Low  Copy Digitizer,

Original LCD - High Copy Flex - Original Digitizer,

Original LCD - High Copy Flex - High Copy Digitizer,

Original LCD - Low  Copy Flex - High Copy Digitizer,

Original LCD - High Copy Flex - Low  Copy Digitizer,

You get the idea… So within each variant there is also a grade but just to make it more complicated each supplier grade their own products depending on their own internal definition of what constitutes each grade,


Supplier 1 only offers one variants and are only a trading house.

Original LCD - High Copy Flex - High Copy Digitizer,

Grade AAA

zero defects

Grade AA

Maximum of 4 Minor defects for example;Dust particles trapped between the digitizer and LCD, Dead pixels / Live pixels or Tiny but visible dark spots.

Grade A       

In addition to AA  in excess of 4 minor defects and or 1 major defect or a failure rate percentage in excess of 3% up to 14%,

Grade B   

A major defect of any description.

Supplier 2 Offers multiple variants because supplier 2 is also a small manufacturer as well as a trading house.

Grade AAAA

Brand New Original LCD - Original Flex - Original Digitizer (Retina), Zero defects.

Remember how earlier i stated the exception to the rule of getting an original Apple supplied assembly well apparently this is it, these units have not been repaired in any way but are direct material leakage from Apples official supplier, or they have been removed from a brand new unused but inoperable handset of the line. (or rather i have been assured this is the case from a inside source)

Grade AAA

Original LCD - Original Flex - Original Digitizer (Retina), Zero defects.

Digitizer was damaged during original factory installation so the digitizer has been replaced with another OEM part. reason (Glass replacement)

Grade AA

Original LCD - High Copy Flex - Original Digitizer,

This unit has been reconditioned and has had the data flex replaced with a copy the rest of the assembly is original but has obviously undergone a digitizer replacement as well. Ect…

As you can see even the grading process isn't universal so how do you know what your paying for ?

well you can always ask the merchant what variant he is selling, if he cant answer you in compete confidence then he probably doesn't know any more than you do, good merchants have both good sourcing practices and proven suppliers, as i personally deal with Chinese suppliers every day, i can assure you that unless you are explicit about what you as a buyer considers acceptable quality, the Chinese will decide that for themselves and there idea of acceptable is nearly always lower than your own.

The minimum quality control benchmarks you should use when sourcing a screen are;

  1, NO dead pixels

  2, NO dust particles located or trapped between the glass screen and the digitizer,

  3, NO frame or display discolouration,

  4, Premium touch screen and response rate,

  5, Premium digital colour saturation

  6, Equal digitizer to frame gap (This is the gap between backlight and the edge of the screen)

To illustrate what the Chinese consider acceptable quality, lets use number 5, it relates to the screen hue or display colour, the colour of the display can range from blue to yellow and anywhere in-between, the Chinese don't consider a blue hue or tint to be a quality issue the fact is the phone is fully functional and has zero viable defects, (except for that blue screen right) a blue tint is called cold tone i guess if they have a name for it then it can be an acceptable personal preference, so if you want your screen to be as close to the colour of your apple supplied screen then you need to make sure your display is of a warm tone.

This is only one reason why you cant leave your quality control expectations up to some one else.

Thats all folks!

Hope this helps

Paul Stephenson

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