Do I even need a proximity sensor cable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bigrichards, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. bigrichards macrumors newbie

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    I have a broken digitizer and damaged LCD screen on an old iphone 3Gs. So I replaced them both with new ones. The problem is the new Digitizer/LCD assembly has a bad proximity sensor cable. The phone won't boot up past the apple screen when that #3 cable is connected, but it works fine when it's disconnected.

    This old phone isn't used as a phone. I was planning on giving it to my son to download some apps and use as an game console/ipod touch.
    Question: What does this cable do? And do I even need it????
     
  2. boshii macrumors 68040

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    The proximity sensor allows the screen to turn off when the phone is near your face while on a call. It's not really necessary if you don't mind angling the phone away from your face while on a call. Otherwise there'll be alot of face-dialing.

    Since you're not using it as a phone, you should be fine.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Seriously, when will people start talking about all the unnecessary components in the phone? Like a "digitizer" is even a real thing, Apple really needs to stop over hyping their products with stuff like "RAM" and "Storage."
     
  5. Prime85 macrumors 6502a

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    Of course you need a proximity sensor! How else is your phone going to count your push-ups while using the runtastic push-up app!
     
  6. mikeydeezy macrumors 6502a

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    He said he plans on using it for gaming w/ his kid. I don't think many (if any) games require the proximity sensor to function.


    Now I've never tinked with an iPhone so I don't know if the cable serves another function. But hey...you tell us if it works.
     

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