Replacement Ion-X glass

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by joedudgeonnn, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. joedudgeonnn macrumors newbie


    Nov 23, 2015
    I have an Apple Watch Sport, 42mm. My screen smashed and I was quoted £180 from Apple for a repair, so naturally I'm seeking a cheaper alternative and want to attempt the repair myself. I've managed to remove the glass, still attached to the LCD, as well as the battery, however I can't seem to source an Ion-X Glass LED unit anywhere. Can anyone point me in the right direction? And also, does anyone know if a sapphire glass unit would fit? Thank you!

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  2. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    It is an OLED display and not LCD. As you see it is glued to the crystal. It is very unlikely you can separate the OLED (they are thin and fragile) from the crystal. Since the OLED is only made by LG you can't just buy a 3ed party replacement.
  3. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Only people who can fix would be Apple. There are no screen parts out there.
  4. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    Only thing I could imagine is selling as is and buying a used-new one of eBay. This may reduce our loss a little better as there are always people out there trying to fix the unfixable but you may still lose a lot of money.
    I would not even TRY to do the replacement if there was a proper way to seal the watch again. Please bear in mind that it is not just reattaching the ribbon cable and gluing back on the screen part. If done wrong it goes along with complete loss of water resistance AND obviously voiding the guarantee if you do it on your own (even if you succeed).

    My advice: Take the hit or go the bay route. Everything else will coast you more money in the end.
  5. Batman89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
  6. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
  7. Carmenia83 macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2012
    Swapping the Ion-X with sapphire has been on my mind since day 1. I want the durability but the ss watch is too heavy. Sadly, doesn't appear to be feasible.

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