Can Apple tell If I replaced screen?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Redrum509, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Redrum509 macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2012
    So my mom's iPhone 5s screen has been replaced 2 times already by a friend. Well she cracked It again but this time the blu tooth stopped working and being as the phones still under warranty, If she replaces the screen again in order to get the blu tooth fixed would Apple know? Thanks.
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    You should never do any outside or third party work while it's under warranty.
  3. Redrum509 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2012
    Yes but the get the screen replaced only costed $60.00 a pop compared to 100+ from apple.
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Saving $40 is not worth voiding the warranty, which can prove to be much more expensive if you're faced with a warranty defect.
  5. Redrum509 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2012
    Your right. SO I take It they can tell?
  6. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Is be interested, just for my own knowledge, what they check for.
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Yes they can tell and they do identify aftermarket parts.
    Your factory warranty is voided.
  9. burgman macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2013
    Most likely a Apple part number on the screen don't know if there is a diag test that would show but I bet there is.
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    People claim they can tell if you just open it without replacing anything at all.

    It's pretty easy to get apple parts too with all of the "I forgot my icloud" phones on Craigslist.

    So I guess my question is, if you open up but don't replace OR you use only oen, what do they look for?
  11. p3ntyne macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
    Possibly, but I'd recommend trying anyway.
  12. compwiz1202 macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    Maybe something is logged to the system when some contact is severed by opening the device?
  13. eneisch macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    I would take it in for repairs. Don't mention the previous screen replacements. If they figure it out and ask just honestly answer that it had been previously dropped and the screen was replaced at a local repair shop. My bet is they will charge you for the screen replacement ($129) but fix the bluetooth under warranty. If they won't repair it you can probably get a out of warranty replacement (refurbished unit) for $269.

    You have nothing to lose by trying. :)
  14. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    If you somehow got factory parts and the replacement was done well, they probably wouldn't be able to tell. But that's rare. 99% of the time they'll be able to tell
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Probably, some folks may not care and will honor the warranty others won't.
  16. rgctx macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2012
    It all depends, more than likely no.

    I had the screen on my 5s replaced two weeks after I bought, long story short my case didn't arrive yet and I dropped it.

    About 7 months after I had it my power button wouldn't work at times, took it to Apple and received a replacement. They didn't memtion my screen.

    I would say it all depends if they open up the phone. They may in your situation though but who knows.
  17. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
    If its a bluetooth issue with your phone, and its definitely a hardware issue then they won't even bother to open your phone and they'll just replace the whole phone in entirety if under warranty.
  18. JWorld127 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2013
    Thats like asking "Hey i replaced my engine in my you think the manufacturer will know"....hahahaha
  19. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    It all depends on how good the repair person was at their job, and the quality of the materials they used.

    If he didn't do a lazy slipshod job at it, and he used parts from another iPhone, it might pass for genuine and you'll be good. Also, it helps not to act conspicuous about it.

    If the parts used were cheap knockoffs, or the repair is shoddy, they'll know right away.

    I've been at at the Apple store and seen several times where an Apple Genius has broken the news to someone: "i'm not saying you did it, but, there are non-genuine parts in this phone and we can't service it." Then the owner acts dumb/flabbergasted/angry.
  20. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I doubt Apple would notice. Whenever I've had a phone replaced, they look at the issue and immediately bring out a white box unit.

    Of course that doesn't make it right as you probably have voided the warranty by changing the screen, but you'd have to be very unlucky for them to pull you up on it.
  21. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Except they'll know right off the bat if the OP has el cheapo aftermarket screen or the repair work was shoddy.
  22. Allthings-I macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2014
    Rather than asking everyone, your best bet is to make a genius bar appointment, and give them the iPhone, explain or show them the bluetooth issue and see what they do. They may or may not check your parts unless you specifically mention it and just give you a replacement because for a bluetooth issue they cannot just send it in for repairs (at least not like the way they do screen or power button repairs etc) and just hand you a replacement.

    Now if you take it in with a cracked screen first they will ask you to get the screen replaced. I've been told by a genius to get the screen replaced at a "3rd party" shop if I didn't want to pay the top dollar in the past on a out of warranty iPhone 5 I had taken into get the power button replaced on as the power button repairs are FREE on iPhone 5 models that are eligible. I did just that and then made another appointment and all was good.
  23. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    Third party repair store hardly use gorilla glass, so even if the job is accurately done, they can tell the difference
  24. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    Actually there are entirely different rules for cars and who's authorized to do so, so no not really.

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