iFixit Launches New iPhone 7/7Plus Fix Kits for At-Home Battery Replacements and Screen Repairs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iFixit today released a collection of all-new Fix Kits for iPhone 7 devices that guide users through replacing batteries, cracked screens, and even the front and rear camera modules and sensors on an iPhone.

    The new battery Fix Kits for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus join previous kits already available for iPhones as far back as the iPhone 4s. iFixit said that these battery replacement kits help bring a dead iPhone back to life, and include all the usual tools needed for the replacement process: a collection of screwdrivers, tweezers, iFixit's own Opening Tool and Opening Pick, and more. Battery Fix Kits start at $44.95 for the iPhone 7 and increase to $49.95 for the iPhone 7 Plus (pictured below).


    The cracked screen Fix Kits are newly available for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as well, and include parts and tools for users to replace a broken iPhone 7 screen on their own. Contents include a custom driver, steel bits, opening tools, tweezers, and a replacement screen backed by iFixit's lifetime guarantee, but users will have to transfer their old display's home button assembly to retain Touch ID functions. Cracked screen Fix Kits cost $134.95 for the iPhone 7 and rise to $164.95 for the iPhone 7 Plus.

    There are also new iPhone 7 repair components in the Small Parts Kits section, aimed at the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus's Lightning Connector, front camera and sensors, and rear camera. The small parts Fix Kits vary more drastically in price, with an iPhone 7 front camera and sensor cable kit costing $34.95, and an iPhone 7 Plus Dual Rear Camera kit priced at $84.95.

    While each Fix Kit has a guide for users to follow, iFixit has also published a few How To videos on its YouTube channel, including an iPhone 7-specific playlist, to make following along to some of the repair kits even easier.

    Depending on the issue at hand, and the iPhone model, out-of-warranty repairs directly from Apple can cost as much as $349 for an iPhone 7 Plus. Similar to iFixit's recent battery replacement Fix Kits for MacBook Pro devices, users have a chance to save money if they try out iFixit's guided replacement kits, as long as they are also up for the challenge of an at-home repair.

    Article Link: iFixit Launches New iPhone 7/7Plus Fix Kits for At-Home Battery Replacements and Screen Repairs
  2. chromite macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2013
    Just get AppleCare+.

    Very cheap screen replacements.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You could do that. But this is also intended for the more tech savvy individuals who are confident enough to make their own repairs or just for those who like to tinker with electronics in general. I also imagine third party repair stores would use specific kits like this as well.
  4. Itsedstech macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    Why not just take it to apple for the screen? $129 for the 7 and $149 for the Plus without AppleCare. Not to mention you get a genuine screen and don't have to worry about messing anything up.
  5. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Yeah but for the cost of these kits, the time involved and the chance for error/mishap, AppleCare Plus is the way to go. I guess, if for whatever (bad) reason somebody didn’t get AppleCare then this is a viable alternative. Good that it’s out there.
  6. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    That’s what I’m wondering. Hmmm, pay more and have to do it myself or pay less and have a professional OEM do it? Not a hard decision. I can’t believe ifixit didn’t realize this when pricing them.
  7. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
  8. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
  9. LandRovers macrumors member


    May 28, 2014
    I can see this being worth it if you have broken your screen several times, to the point you're over $200 spent on repairs. But otherwise, Apple Care + or just bringing it in for a repair could be done in a timely and professional manner. Don't quote me on battery replacement though, I'm unfamiliar with that.
  10. Nakedeye macrumors newbie


    Aug 16, 2017
    Does anyone know if the backlight is part of this? My backlight is acting VERY odd, retaining images slightly, streaky lights grey vertical lines that come and go as the device warms up, backlight getting brighter and dimmer suddenly. I think it got wet.

    Anyone know if this kit will replace a bad backlight?
  11. brucku macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2003
    But if you're smart enough to be technical, you're smart enough to understand that apple has better parts for less money and does it for you. I've spent the last 6 months telling people this "Apple made it a no brainer to replace your screen by going to them. They have completely undercut the market, stop trying to make the solution more difficult."

    YEs if you live in rural Alaska and you broke your screen sure please order this kit but still.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    But everybody has different preferences. Apple might be the better route and certainly the most easiest, but as I stated before, there are those who prefer to take matters into their own hands and kits like these are offered for reasons as such. (I.e.Third party repair, tech enthusiasts, etc.)
  13. kmm1482 macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2012
    Having worked for Apple and replaced many, many screens, I can tell you that more often than not people who took their broken phone to be fixed at a kiosk or by themselves would damage the phone further. Also, Apple does not receive non-Apple parts; if you replace your screen, they NEED that original screen back on in order to swap the phone or the screen. Plus, it always looked like crap with some knockoff screen on it.
  14. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    These are one time use tools in many cases. Repair shops use far more heavy duty versions.

    They'd never break even making these kits just for those that like to tinker. They're definitely focused on those that have a real need to replace their battery, and haven't been smart enough to get AppleCare.

    The iPhone 7 hasn't been out for a year yet. It should still be covered by warranty and now is the time to get AppleCare if you think you'll hold on to it.
  15. brucku macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2003
    Why would someone "prefer" lower quality parts for more money?
  16. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    I've never purchased AppleCare, dating back to my start with Apple in the 70s. I do, however, have extended warranty offered through a credit card. This extends manufacturer warranties for an additional year after expiration and usually provides full replacement cost, not just repair. Does that make me stupid?
  17. Relentless Power, Aug 16, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You're missing the point. As I already reiterated, it has nothing to do just Using "Lower quality"parts , it has everything to do with somebody taking the initiative of making their own repairs, hence why these kits are available for a demographic of all sorts. Just Because something that you don't prefer or agree with, doesn't mean that somebody else wouldn't want to use for their own methods. To each their own.
  18. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    The screen repair kit is more expensive than Apple’s service cost of $129 for an iPhone 6/6s/7 and $149 for the plus models. I can’t imagine selling these kits would good business for iFixit. Or am I missing something?
  19. mainomega macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    OR, ifixit is hoping people think that having the phone fixed at Apple costs a lot more than these kits. Then they'll be able to rip them off by suggesting they are saving money.
  20. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    Is it that cheap? A friend took his iPad mini 2 last year to Apple to fix a cracked screen and they quoted $250. I would think the iPhone screen would be way more expensive.
  21. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    If you have an Apple Store nearby, else it's of nearly no use...
  22. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Credit card warranties are always a pain to deal with and much of the time they make you jump through hoops. They're far from as good as the service offered by AppleCare, in addition to the fact that it covers more. But if you want something you don't have to pay any extra cost for and it works for you, they're better than nothing.
  23. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    lack of ESD precautions and even simple things like keeping hands dry will do it. I watched a 3rd party guy replacing a friend's display and he was drinking a soda at the time and kept getting moisture on his fingers. On top of not being grounded etc.

    and actually at least in the US they will replace a 3rd party screen, but at cost even if you are in warranty. i imagine to cover that they don't get the same trade in value as they do recycling their own displays.

    3rd party battery however is "go buy a full price retail phone"
    --- Post Merged, Aug 16, 2017 ---
    that's because there are no screws to take apart an iPad and they don't let their stores do same unit repairs on them. so you are quoted full out of warranty swap prices if you don't have apple care
  24. Boobsandbacon macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2013
    I, like many others, is wondering why purchase this instead of going to Apple outside of, “the closest Apple store is crazy far from me.“ You’re spending more for non official parts. Don’t see much else point, unless you really get a hard on for doing things yourself lol
  25. zcforlife macrumors newbie


    Jul 10, 2016
    Author misconstrues costs of repair.

    The display replacement kit for instance costs $134.95 for the iPhone 7 and gives youa knock-off display and requires you to transfer the TouchID sensor to maintain functionality, whereas Apple will replace the display for you at $129.99 without all the fuss. Same goes for the 7+ where the cost is $164.95 vs $149.99 from Apple.

    The only time you end up spending less for a kit from ifixit is for the battery replacement where they will sell you one for ~$44 vs Apple’s $79. That being said your battery is covered under one year limited warranty and if you have any issues it would be replaced at no cost during that period. Having a battery replaced voids any repairabilty on the device, not just the limited warranty/AC+.

    The $349 that the author is referencing is a whole unit swap for the iPhone 7+($299 for iPhone 7, since ifixit does not offer that as an option I don’t think it’s worth him mentioning and makes it sound as if Apple repairs are astronomically costlier than ifixit. Personally would have added Apple pricing respectively to make it a fair comparison

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