According to a survey by SquareTrade on the cost of iPhone repairs a huge number of iPhones sustain damage every year. Of the 2000 respondents, all of whom own iPhones, 30% of them had experienced damage to their phones in the 12 months prior to the survey. The figures gathered by SquareTrade only relate to iPhones and only surveyed American owners so the full extent of damage to Apple products globally is relatively unknown but one thing’s for sure they’re very delicate pieces of kit.
The cost of Apple’s products and their subsequent susceptibility to breakage is very frustrating for users. The charges in the UK for iPod repairs range between £10 and £100, while repairs to iPhones could be anywhere between £20 and £220. It’s no surprise that some people choose to ignore a crack or take the DIY approach to repairs. Apparently 6% of those with broken iPhones attempted to use Sellotape to hold their broken phone together. However this wouldn’t be my first choice of DIY fix so let’s look at some slicker, more effective methods.
Don’t worry you can buy a replacement screen online for most iPhones, iPods and iPads. Look for one that is supplied with tools and instructions, some Apple devices have an unusual screw head that can’t be undone with a regular screwdriver. Screen repair kits will guide you through the process step by step. You may need to assess which screen is broken i.e. is it the LCD screen or the touchscreen? Missing images, bleeding ink and a white screen are all signs that the LCD screen is broken, whereas a visible crack in the surface of the device or a touchscreen that refuses to respond is a sign that the damage is to the top layer touchscreen. By replacing the screen yourself you’ll never be without your device and it will be much cheaper than paying somebody else to do this simple job.
The rear case can generally be ordered for replacement too if necessary. This is a common problem in iPhone 4 and 4S due to the glass back which cracks easily.
A battery that doesn’t last long could be broken or it could be struggling to cope with the demands you’re putting on it. If it’s your phone that is running out of juice then try closing any apps that you aren’t running. Additionally turn off your Wi-Fi and GPS if you aren’t using those; your phone will wear itself out searching for a connection.
If this doesn’t solve the problem or if the issue is with your iPod then as with the screen and case you can simply order a replacement battery.
iPod refuses to boot
You may be able to solve this with a physical fix. By using a plastic tool or flat head screwdriver you can unclip the back cover of your iPod and then ease it upwards. You’ll see the hard drive covered by a layer of blue foam. Take a fresh business card and fold it be only around a 16th of an inch and then place it on top of the foam, being very careful not to disturb anything else. Then close up the iPod again. It should now run ok. The theory behind this is that the case warps over time and so the hard drive is loosened. Placing the card over it will close the gap again and ensure your hard drive can spin correctly.
Unresponsive Home button
Both iPhones and iPads have Home buttons and unfortunately these are known for sticking or becoming unresponsive. There are two parts to the Home button, the removable piece from the front screen that you touch and the sensor switch board behind this. You can replace both of these but if the button is unresponsive the section to replace is the switch board. You’ll need to carefully remove the front cover, detaching other sensors but by following the instructions of a kit it is surprisingly simple.