Is it possible to replace your screen still?

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I just dropped and cracked the front glass on my iPhone 6. I'm really happy w the iOS 8.11 jailbreak setup I have and I've heard a lot of complaints about iOS 10. I think I'm still covered under my AppleCare + plan I got around this time in 2014. What are my options, can I replace the glass and if so how much? If not, is there a Jailbreak for iOS 10 yet? Lastly, if there isn't, what software would a replacement 6 likely have? Thanks!
 

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No there's no jailbreak for 10, a replacement 6 would come with 10, Apple is aggressive about this kind of thing. Your best bet honestly, if your jailbreak is necessary-- would be either replace the phone, sell it and buy a different 6 with an old firmware or pay a third party to replace the screen-- that is of course if you aren't comfortable doing it yourself.
 
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There's a good chance that you'd just get the screen replaced and not the whole phone (not sure of the cost details).

There isn't a jailbreak out for iOS 10.

No way to really know what version of iOS a replacement phone would come with, but fairly likely that it would be iOS 10, or potentially a more recent version of iOS 9 (probably iOS 9.3.5 but could be an earlier version), but not likely that it would be an earlier version of iOS 9 or something earlier than that (like iOS 8).
 

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No there's no jailbreak for 10, a replacement 6 would come with 10, Apple is aggressive about this kind of thing. Your best bet honestly, if your jailbreak is necessary-- would be either replace the phone, sell it and buy a different 6 with an old firmware or pay a third party to replace the screen-- that is of course if you aren't comfortable doing it yourself.
How much would it cost to replace the screen?
 

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How much would it cost to replace the screen?
That really depends, let me be completely honest. I haven't been in the aftermarket iPhone screen game for a long long time lol, the last time I was connected to that whole "scene" was in the iPhone 4s days.

Granted it's still the same, you're going to have a couple options. There should be dirt cheap display assembleys around for less than 40 bucks. The thing I ran into with these screens is the oleohobic coating was ALWAYS bad on them, and the panels on them were always terrible.

Your other option is to find a dirt cheap "for parts" iPhone 6, and rip the assembly out of that one. At least this way you'll probably get an oem assembly.

I can't speak for the services people provide, but if you hire somebody they'll probably charge you about $100 and I doubt they'll toss you an oem assembly.

I'd say do some research, if you choose to have somebody do it for you, make sure they're giving you genuine parts. My plan of attack would me resell the repaired phone and buy a new in box old device with the money you get. It's annoying but you aren't fumbling around with crap iPhone parts.
 

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If apple replaces the screen they will want to calibrate it, and they will require you to be on the latest firmware.
What? They wouldn't leave it as it is even if I asked?
 

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If apple replaces the screen they will want to calibrate it, and they will require you to be on the latest firmware.
I just spoke to someone at an authorized retailer of Apple who was referred by Apple's website who said I should be able to keep my old software iOS 8.1, are you sure they will need to restore it to calibrate?
 

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I just spoke to someone at an authorized retailer of Apple who was referred by Apple's website who said I should be able to keep my old software iOS 8.1, are you sure they will need to restore it to calibrate?
Apple itself might. Not sure about a third party though.
 
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I just left the Apple Store and the genius was very nice and was totally cool about my Jailbreak but said that the calibration process would likely freeze up my phone. He said my only option to keep my JB was to go to a 3rd party repair place. I called Batteries + and they said they don't do any calibration they just put the screen on. Then I told him my phone was JB and he said there's a 20-30% chance it could ruin my phone. Is this true? I'm trying to weigh my options here, I really don't want to give up my Jailbreak. Thanks.

Edit - I apologize for the somewhat similar content of this post to a previous thread but I tried multiple times to ask this specific question in that thread and it got no response after several days. I really want to find a solution as this cracked screen is pretty distracting but do not want to lose my JB.
 
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How are you jailbroken on iOS 10?
edit: with all the iPhone 7 threads, I assumed JB meant a jet black 7. What phone are you using?
 
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Hard advice to give here. There's no way of knowing how long it'll be before the next jailbreak is released so you need to decide what's more important to you.

Personally, I feel like iOS has come far enough to where I can still be happy with my phone if I have to give my jailbreak.
 

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More information can be found in an existing thread that the OP created about this kind of thing at https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/is-it-possible-to-replace-your-screen-still.2004331/
I tried asking this there and no one responded. Sorry this is really important and time sensitive, it is very difficult using a phone with a cracked screen and even more difficult using a non-JB phone after using one for years.
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Hard advice to give here. There's no way of knowing how long it'll be before the next jailbreak is released so you need to decide what's more important to you.

Personally, I feel like iOS has come far enough to where I can still be happy with my phone if I have to give my jailbreak.
That doesn't really answer my question, can you tell me if replacing a screen on a JB device could or would screw it up?
 
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I tried asking this there and no one responded. Sorry this is really important and time sensitive, it is very difficult using a phone with a cracked screen and even more difficult using a non-JB phone after using one for years.
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That doesn't really answer my question, can you tell me if replacing a screen on a JB device could or would screw it up?
In 6+ years of repair iPhones and iPads I have never had an issue replacing a screen on a jailbroken device. Don't listen to what they say.
 

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In 6+ years of repair iPhones and iPads I have never had an issue replacing a screen on a jailbroken device. Don't listen to what they say.
Awesome thanks. The genius was willing to do it, can I do it safely at the Apple Store or do I have to go 3rd party bc of Apple's calibration process?
 

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In 6+ years of repair iPhones and iPads I have never had an issue replacing a screen on a jailbroken device. Don't listen to what they say.

Yup, this.

If Apple do it, you lose your jailbreak, that's all. Take it to a third party and they'll replace the screen and you won't lose your JB.
 

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Yup, this.

If Apple do it, you lose your jailbreak, that's all. Take it to a third party and they'll replace the screen and you won't lose your JB.
Alright, cool thank you. This is very reassuring to hear. It's a tough one though, as I could get the entire phone replaced for $79 if the screen calibration fails at the Apple Store but there's no way of knowing when the 10 JB will be released.
 

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Yup, this.

If Apple do it, you lose your jailbreak, that's all. Take it to a third party and they'll replace the screen and you won't lose your JB.
Just got it replaced by Batteries +, glass looks fine but the display looks a lot dimmer, when I try to make it brighter it only gets marginally brighter. I have to put it on full blast for it to be close to where I had it before (in the middle.) Is this bad or is it normal?
 

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Personally I would go ahead and get it done at Apple even if you lose the jb. If you take it to a third party and it bricks the phone you have nothing. At Apple at least you could have a non-jb phone for $79.
 

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Personally I would go ahead and get it done at Apple even if you lose the jb. If you take it to a third party and it bricks the phone you have nothing. At Apple at least you could have a non-jb phone for $79.
Crap the screen just went black, all I could see was two faint lights at the top. I rebooted it and it was fine again for a little bit then it went out again. This time it came back on after a few seconds. Then it did it again and came back on shortly after. Now it's only blacking out for half a second at a time, not frequently though. It's perfectly fine for long periods of time, could it just be getting adjusted? What should I do, get the old screen put back on and take it back to Apple?

Edit now it's tweaking out with certain apps, when I go to certain profiles in Facebook it glitches and goes black and it's displaying weird lines and fuzzy yellow outlines around objects in images.
 
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