The new iPhones are here… and just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the Steve Jobs designed modern-era smartphone by Apple. Steve Cook, speaking from the first time from the Steve Jobs Theatre at the new “Apple Park” campus in Cupertino California, announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 10 products to much delight in a crowded Apple iPhone event on 12-September 2017. While these new iPhones need a proper “teardown” to determine how repairable they are, we are beginning to understand the iPhone Screen Repair issues that can be expected with Apple’s latest iPhones designs. And iPhone Repair shops will still have even better options than the Apple Store for iPhone Screen Repair and other types of iPhone Repairs. This is great news for Apple consumers and others looking for the best value when repairing broken screens on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 10.
What’s the difference in iPhone 8 and iPhone X (10)?
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 10 are big releases for Apple. The iPhone 10 in particular has many new features and removed some familiar old ones. The big question on the minds of many Apple iPhone consumers is, what’s the main difference between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 10 (X)… and which one should I buy? Much has already been written about this, but it’s a LOT. In particular, the iPhone 10 has no physical home button. Instead, users will swipe up from the bottom using the new phone and will not need it any longer for login or using the phone or apps. As for login, the iPhone X will be user-authenticated via facial recognition scans (your eyes and whole face) and this is a
really big change. You must LOOK at the phone to open it. Apple says this gives more security and makes life easier. We want to see it to understand that one as this is a big change…. and we just need to wait and “see” how well it actually works and if there are any drawbacks to this method of authenticating using facial recognition technology.
Of course, there are many chips inside the phone, but the home-made A11 Chip from Apple makes this possible… adding “Bionic Technology”, the new iPhone X is a big technology risk for Apple, the world’s most profitable company. And it has been somewhat controversial that Apple removed the TouchID (fingerprint reader), something most consumers have grown to love in their older smartphones… from the iPhone 6s all the way through the iPhone 8. It may be a smooth or rough transition for Apple iPhone users… we just will have to see the consumer reaction. Will we have something akin to the revolt at losing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 (something Phil Schiller once described as “courageous”)? We are hoping for good on this one.
Breaking the new iPhone repair barriers
Now back to the iPhone repair shops issues. When it comes to repairs, it seems the iPhone 8 will be the simpler of the 2 for iPhone Screen Repair. It is most similar to the iPhone 7 in design (with the big exception of the all-glass back side) which was included for wireless charging. And iPhone wireless charging will be available on both the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the iPhone X. Apple made necessary design changes to enable wireless-charging on the iPhone 8, using the industry standard of this technology called Qi. In fact, the Apple website is already selling a Belkin wireless charging pad for just $59.95.
When you want to fix a broken screen on an iPhone 8, the same front assembly of the screen and LCD will need to be carefully removed and replaced. It is expected that Chinese vendors will supply the world’s repair shops with these screens as they have in the past. Apple somewhat relies on these 3rd party repair companies to fix broken screens on their iPhones… as they simply cannot fix all the iPhone cracked screens worldwide. Two screws at the bottom of the iP
hone 8 frame will need to be removed and replaced first, then the screen-assembly will be removed and carefully replaced. Done right, this will fix the cracked screen properly and will even restore the water resistance that is part of the newest design.
For the iPhone 10, repairability is still a wait-and-see situation. We need to know if the iPhone 10 design allows for 3rd parties to fix the screens. And we hope you don’t need too many iPhone repair trips to RepairZoom or similar repair stores, with the supposedly stronger glass on these newest models. If the past is any indication, it is likely they will be repairable, although expect them to be expensive (more than iPhone 8).