Do I even need a proximity sensor cable?

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

  1. bigrichards macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2012
    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


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    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


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    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


    Mar 1, 2012
    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


    Jun 15, 2010
    MN, USA
    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 tell us if it works.

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