Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6s & 6s plus a few weeks ago that come with upgraded components and features from the iPhone 6 series. Lets take a look at how the reparability of these new models stacks up against the previous ones.
Apple has yet again stuck to their trademark 2 pentalobe screws at the bottom the phone. No surprises here. The screen lifts up from the bottom like on the 6 but there is a new addition, adhesive. So this may require a tiny bit of heat to get it up cleanly without damaging the frame of the screen. The phone uses the same sort of bracket to secure the LCD and digitizer cables, with this removed the cables can be unplugged and the screen separated from the phone itself. It appears to have a similar design to the 6 with the same bracket again for the earpiece and camera as well as the home button assembly. The only big difference is the metal LCD back plate. Which also must be removed to access the connectors for the home button.
Upon removal of the LCD shield plate, there seems to be another shield plate, which is adhered to the LCD itself. Which one can only assume is part of the new 3D touch functions. The first LCD plate also seems to be there to protect a few new chips that would also be to do with the 3D touch and force touch. All in all to repair the iPhone 6s screen, it is pretty much the same process as it is for the iPhone 6. The only real difference is with the parts. The part looks like it will have to be sourced with the LCD back plate that is adhered to the screen.
In terms of a cost analysis to the iPhone 6 it looks like these screens are going to cost significantly more to replace when damaged. For the low-end “work from my bedroom” repairer the likelihood of knock off screens seems unlikely given the tech jump in 3D functions. I would think for the first year or 2 only original parts will able to be sourced for repair and it will be interesting to see if glass only repairs are still possible given the digitizer’s new functions.
I look forward to repairing one myself in the near future.