iPhone 8(+) Screen Flex Cable Connector Broken?

scommando1

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Hello folks, new here.

My iPhone 8 Plus underwent water damage. It worked for a while, but then went wack and started boot looping without end. It would restore and update in recovery mode through iTunes, but then would boot loop any time it tried starting. I cleaned up the some corrosion with 91% acetone, which went well. It then sat for 48 hours in rice with screen and connectors out.

After 48 hours in rice, I picked up. Inspected the phone, plugged in the connectors without sealing the phone back up and the phone booted! Viola! I then shut it off, and began fiddling with the connectors to get 'em all back in properly....and that's when I believe the pins on the smaller bottom flex cable connector got damaged. One pin seems to be slightly missing or damaged. The screen does not display anything.

Now, if I connect to iTunes - it asks for iCloud (as if new phone, just like when the screen was working moments ago). Meaning, the phone itself is working - highly likely that the pins are damaged as I was bending that back into place (and I assume since it's experienced water, they're weak).

So all in all, my question is - what is the smaller connector out of the bottom two called. Second, what can I do about it? What are my options?

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BugeyeSTI

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If the connector is damaged and not the logic board you’ll need a new display. You’ll most likely have to do it yourself or take it to a 3rd party repair shop as Apple won’t want to repair a phone with water damage
 
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960design

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Third party repair shop is the proper answer. Or, just update to iPhoneX and not worry about water damage anymore... well, not worry much.
 

scommando1

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Third party repair shop is the proper answer. Or, just update to iPhoneX and not worry about water damage anymore... well, not worry much.
I do have the iPhone X. This is for a close friend.
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If the connector is damaged and not the logic board you’ll need a new display. You’ll most likely have to do it yourself or take it to a 3rd party repair shop as Apple won’t want to repair a phone with water damage
It's like the last pin on the side that's grey instead of the gold color. It's so microscopic, that it's hard to see with the naked eye. I didn't see anything serious with the logic. But if that was the case, what then?
 

BugeyeSTI

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I do have the iPhone X. This is for a close friend.
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It's like the last pin on the side that's grey instead of the gold color. It's so microscopic, that it's hard to see with the naked eye. I didn't see anything serious with the logic. But if that was the case, what then?
If the connection on the logic board is damaged you either need a new phone or you’ll need to find a repair shop that can remove and replace the connection on the board. Hopefully it’s just the connector on the display
 

JPack

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Let a place like iPad Rehab take a look at it. They can certainly repair or replace connectors.

Besides, if the phone has water damage, the logic board needs to be soaked in an ultrasonic bath.
 

Relentless Power

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It’s water damage, it’s just inevitable before the device is going to fail at some point or another, because it’s usually end result when water has exposure to the internal components.

Also, I want to come in on the whole ‘rice method’, others have their beliefs in arguments, I think rice is a complete myth by many means. Another (More) effective method would be gel silica packets that you would typically find in shoeboxes, they can be purchased in bundles online and they have a higher absorption rate of moisture.
 
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