iPhone 5 Screen Issue

Ryhian

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Original poster
Jul 8, 2008
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Orlando, FL
I've had my iPhone 5 since it was released and have not encountered any problems until recently. Today the screen barely turns on when the home or power buttons are pressed, meaning its just a faint gray. Turning on voiceover (three home button taps) or the silence toggle both indicate the phone is powered on. Every once in awhile when I do not mess with phone I will get the lockscreen to display upon waking it up, however it quickly displays vertical lines and then fades to gray.

I dont believe its software related as I've restored it multiple times, however I cant ever get past the on phone setup since the touch does not seem to register. It was not recently dropped nor did it encounter any water.

I planned on keeping it until the next iPhone is released so not really wanting to replace the phone or spend too much on parts to repair if possible. Anyone encountered this issue or have an idea as to what part(s) are failing? I dont mind fixing it myself, however I'd like to have an idea as to what replacement part I need to fix it. I'm thinking the lcd/digitizer or the mobo. Dont mind the crappy pic with my other phone \.
 

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themumu

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Feb 13, 2011
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Go to Apple store and have them examine it. They will not charge you for getting an estimate.

If your phone is out of original Apple warranty, you may still get reimbursed by your credit card for an out-of-warranty repair, assuming you originally paid with a credit card. Call your bank to find out if that's an option.
 

Charadis

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Jul 3, 2010
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I've had my iPhone 5 since it was released and have not encountered any problems until recently. Today the screen barely turns on when the home or power buttons are pressed, meaning its just a faint gray. Turning on voiceover (three home button taps) or the silence toggle both indicate the phone is powered on. Every once in awhile when I do not mess with phone I will get the lockscreen to display upon waking it up, however it quickly displays vertical lines and then fades to gray.

I dont believe its software related as I've restored it multiple times, however I cant ever get past the on phone setup since the touch does not seem to register. It was not recently dropped nor did it encounter any water.

I planned on keeping it until the next iPhone is released so not really wanting to replace the phone or spend too much on parts to repair if possible. Anyone encountered this issue or have an idea as to what part(s) are failing? I dont mind fixing it myself, however I'd like to have an idea as to what replacement part I need to fix it. I'm thinking the lcd/digitizer or the mobo. Dont mind the crappy pic with my other phone \.
Wow, that sux. Sorry to hear your problem, OP. Please keep us updated on your resolution or fix.
 

maliu

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Jun 24, 2010
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Check your brightness setting. I've had mine randomly dim the screen. Thought I had a screen issue too.

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No lines though, YMMV
 

Ryhian

macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 8, 2008
85
1
Orlando, FL
Check your brightness setting. I've had mine randomly dim the screen. Thought I had a screen issue too.

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No lines though, YMMV

I was not able to get into the phone. The touch screen was not working.

I do have good news as the issue went away and phone is working fine again. I know it's just a matter of time until it happens again, but hopefully it can go a few more months until the next iPhone. Thanks everyone for the input!