How to spot a spot a fake iPhone screen vs original quality

fake iPhone screen vs original quality parts comparison by San Diego Mac Repair

What is a fake iPhone screen and original quality?

Believe it or not, more than 70% of the iPhone screens being used by iPhone repair shops around the globe are using copy glass and aftermarket LCD to repair your expensive iPhone. This number can increase based on supply and demand in certain markets from what we have seen. What is a fake iPhone screen? If you look at the picture above, you can obviously see the difference in color from each display. Our display on the right is an original quality panel, look at your iPhone and see how the black is one unit. The fake iPhone screen on the left has an obvious "window" inside and is more apparent at an angle. The fake iPhone screen usually breaks much easier than original quality screens due to the cheap materials used in these screens. 

Why do some repair shops use fake iPhone screens?

Cost. Many repair shop owners are using the fake iPhone screen and pass them off as original quality. The trained eye can spot it a mile away but the average user may not notice much of a difference and not likely to return to complain for fear of embarrassment. These fake iPhone screen can cost as little $9 and being sold as a repair for as much as $150. Unless the technician and owner of the business is completely clueless, they are fully aware of the copy vs original quality panels that are available from suppliers. Original quality displays sometimes cost twice as much as the copy. San Diego Mac Repair promises you only original quality screens for every iPhone screen repair we do. It is important to us that your iPhone is working as Apple intended.

Why not use a fake iPhone screen? Aren't they the same?

Compare the white screen of each iPhone screen below

The difference is mind blowing. See how purple/blue/pink the top image looks? This is what you can expect from a fake iPhone screen. Many of the ones sold on Amazon or eBay look exactly like this. It all comes down to cost for many shops and sellers. Also the aftermarket screen looks like an old tv from the 90's. If you look really closely on an aftermarket screen it is not retina. You can see pixels and it looks awful. Original displays will always be retina and bright white like the one in the image below. This is the exact same iPhone 6 before and after repair. 

Below is an image of an iPhone 6 that was "repaired" by an iPhone repair shop nearby about 6 months. Another huge concern for aftermarket screens are the use of hot glues to bond the frame to the glass. This is a big concern because the heat of the battery and wear and tear can cause the glue to melt. Hot glue has a melting point and then your display pops out just like the image. San Diego Mac Repair uses original quality displays with cold glue that is pressed in a special machine for extra durability and strength. 

this iPhone was repaired at another repair shop in San Diego cheap fake iPhone screen
original quality replacement screen by San Diego Mac Repair in La Jolla. iPhone 6 screen repaired in minutes by our team in La Jolla.

This client had their iPhone 6s Plus repaired at another repair shop and unknowingly had it repaired with an aftermarket display. One drop and the screen shattered and the touch completely stopped working. The aftermarket glass usually crumbles and the touch screen layer below fails because it is not made to the same standards as the original quality panels. Some repair shops may charge $10-20 less than our shop but they can be using the fake iPhone screens as shown above. Don't risk being on vacation and not being able to use your iPhone because of a fake iPhone screen. 


fake iPhone 6 screen hot glue melting after drops / battery heat.

How do I repair my iPhone with San Diego Mac Repair?

Repair your iPhone with San Diego Mac Repair easily by visiting us at our La Jolla location at 7734 Herschel Avenue #J La Jolla, CA 92037. We are open Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. No appointment required for iPhone screen repairs. San Diego's leading iPhone iPad and Mac repair in San Diego since 2009. Click the button below to call for more information or the map to get directions.

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before and after iPhone 7 plus screen repair by San Diego Mac Repair in La Jolla. This iPhone screen repair was done in 15 minutes at our La Jolla location. no appointment required for iPhone screen repairs open at 7734 Herschel Avenue #J La Jolla, CA 92037

UPDATED 5-26-2018

See the photo below. This iPhone was repaired at the UTC mall kiosk. Not sure which location but it was repaired non original quality parts for more than what we charge for original quality parts. 

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