Friday, April 27, 2018

iOS 11.3.1 fixes major bugs with the iPhone 8 models

iOS 11.3 had a major bug that stopped the touch screen or audio on iPhone 8 models from working. This issue has now been patched by apple with iOS 11.3.1 so if you've experienced any issues with iOS 11.3, update your iTunes and install the update on your iPhone. You can also do the update via wifi if your device is able to.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Micro-Soldering iPhone Board Repairs

iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Board Repairs

iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Touch Screen Issues - $75.00

A.K.A Touch Disease. Fixes the touch display when it stops working and also gray flickering bars on the top part of the screen. This is a common issues with all iPhone 6 Plus models. Some causes for this issue are due to impact, flexing or bending of the frame which causes the touch IC controller chip to come loose from the board which stops the screens touch from working and also causes the top part of the screen to flicker with gray bars on power up, or when you slightly tap or bend the top right of the phones display.

iPhone 6 / 6 Plus half backlight display - $75.00

The "half backlight display" can happen with hard impact, water damage, screen repair and on very rare occasion sporadically on its own. This type of repair would take a few hours or a few days to find the problem and fix.

iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Touch ID failure after screen replacement - $75.00

If the home button cable is not torn or punctured and your Touch ID no longer works after you replaced your screen then I should be able to fix the problem. Most likely a shorted components on the board when installing the new screen because you had the battery plugged in and phone was still powered on.

iPhone 6 / 6 Plus No Image on Screen but phone still works - $75.00 - $109.00

This is a typical repair job on iPhone 6 models where the lcd display just goes out by itself or by impact. This is still a hard repair to diagnose but many times it is a backlight driver on the board that we can fix. Three main components make up the backlight driver which can take us a few hours just to diagnose.

iPhone 6S / 6S Plus Board Repairs

iPhone 6S / 6S Plus "No Backlight" repair - $75.00

The "no backlight" happens from hard impact, water damage or screen repair. Shinning a bright light to the screen can usually show a faint display but the screen does not light up.

iPhone 6S / 6S Plus no image - $75.00 - $100.00

No image issues vary from phone to phone. Causes can be from hard impact, liquid damage, old age, over heating... the list goes on. Common symptoms would be your device is on, you can hear notifications and also vibrate. You plug into iTunes and iTunes can read your device but if you shine a bright light at your display you cannot see any faint image in the screen.

iPhone 6S / 6S Plus no power - $90.00

No power can be caused by many things like liquid, impact, aftermarket chargers or most common are the USB fans being sold almost everywhere. The USB fans short the charge port IC chip in the phone which causes it to stop powering on.


iPhone 7/7 Plus Board Repairs

iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, 8 / 8 Plus "No backlight" repair - $100.00

This problem can happen by hard impact, water damage or inexperienced phone repair tech replacing your iPhone screen. If you shine a bright light to your screen you can usually still see an image but the display does not light up. This can usually be repaired the same day in about 1-2 hours depending on how busy I am with other repairs.

iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, 8 / 8 Plus "No Audio" Repair - $100.00

Another design flaw from apple, the audio IC controller chip on the main board becomes loose (like the 6 plus touch IC chip) when the board flexes or from impact causing the speakers to stop working, Siri does not work, facetime/loud spearker grayed out during calls and you cannot hear through the ear speaker, you cannot record voice memos and the phone usually takes about 5 minutes to power on.

The fastest way to check if you are having an audio IC failure is by going into your voice memo recorder on your iPhone and if you cannot press the record button then you need this repair. also power off the phone and power it back on, if it takes about 5 minutes to power on to the main screen from the apple logo than you need this repair.
*** Please note: The "no audio" repairs is a difficult repair and in very rare cases can cause a risk of losing cell service after audio IC repair.
Should this happen then we cannot fix the "no cell service" issue. We will give full refund, we will not reimburse or replace your device if this problem happens after we attempt to repair audio. Your device will not be able to connect to cell service anymore and if restored on itunes you will not be able to get past the activation screen.

iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, 8 / 8 Plus "no image" repair - $100.00

Usually caused by hard impact or liquid damage. The iPhone is able to power on and work but there is no backlight or image on the display. Sometimes a simple screen repair can fix this ($65.00) but many times it is a damaged backlight IC chip internally on the board.
One way to tell if your phone is working with no image is by connecting your iPhone to your computer and opening iTunes, iTunes should be able to detect that your phone is connected.

Other micro-soldering repairs

Data recovery only - $150 - $300

Data recovery is also available on any type of damage to your iPhone. Estimated repair time varies from 1 - 30 days.

All iPhones With No Image After Screen Repair - $75.00 - $150.00 (many cases, not repairable)

Usually from long screw damage on the main board. This occurs when the technician replacing the screen on your iPhone mixes up the screws for the LCD shield and over-tightens the screws. The longer screw digs into the main board and causes all kinds of damage to the device because it breaks micro traces in the board internally. This type of repair is usually a NO FIX for me. This is probably one of the hardest repair jobs that I do.

If I can determine that the issues is just a backlight driver complete rebuild then I can do the repair. This can happen from old age of the device or impact, but about 40% of the time it is from technician error (e.g. long screw damage).

iPhone no power, not charging, etc. - $75.00 - $150.00

Not charging, battery stays at 1% or 5%, rapid battery drain (1-5% battery drain per minute usually). This is a typical repair job on many iPhones due to aftermarket chargers with incorrect voltage burning out the charging IC chip in the iPhones.

iPhone front and rear camera not working - $75.00 - $150.00

Some cases are from liquid damage which burns out a micro filter which controls the front and rear camera. Sometimes this can also occur from impact on the device.

Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 Bootloop repair - $40.00

Bootloop repair on these devices are usually caused by a faulty home button module. I can remove and replace your home button module with a brand new part which should fix the problem.

All other board repairs not listed here, contact me for price quote

Terms and Conditions:

** Please note: micro-soldering work requires a lot of high heat from tools to complete a job. Not all devices are repairable and in rare cases high heat can cause further damage to a device. By getting your device repaired through "Ocean iPhone Repair" you agree to all terms and conditions.

Should your device become non-repairable or become further damaged during repair, "Ocean iPhone Repair" will not be held responisble for further damages that may make your device become permanently damaged. "Ocean iPhone Repair" will not reimburse or replace any device for any reason. The customer is fully responsible for their device and/or responsible for replacing their own device at their own expense.
Permanent damage can cause you to lose all data on your device in which "Ocean iPhone Repair" will not be responsible and cannot recover your data.

"Ocean iPhone Repair" cannot guarantee any board work at all. "Ocean iPhone Repair" cannot guarantee data recovery should your device become permanently damaged during repair.

If your device was working but only had a minor issue that needed soldering work and your device becomes permanently damaged during repair "Ocean iPhone Repair" will not be held responsible and will not reimburse or replace your device. All repairs are entirely at the customers own risk.

Board level repairs do not come cheap and are not a "quick" repair. It takes special equipment, software and skill to diagnose and do this type of repair. There are only a handful of people in the Bay Area who know how to do this type of work professionally!
Repairs can take anywhere from 2-7 business days to repair and in rare cases 1-3 months. If you cannot wait that long, please do not contact me. I will not do rush jobs for anyone. Some repairs take longer than others and I do them all in the order I receive them.

Prices above are only for "No Previous Repair Attempt" meaning the phone has never been opened by any third party before. 9/10 times when it is a previous repair attempt, I am left with a bigger mess than necessary and many times more damage to try and repair.

I charge more for all "previous repair attempt" jobs (prices are not listed here). Even if it was just a simple screen replacement gone wrong, many times these are the worst types of damages to the phone (long screw damage). Contact me for quote.

Diagnostics for micro-soldering takes a lot of time. I charge a $20.00 diagnostics fee if I cannot repair the device, no exceptions. There will not be a diagnostics fee for successful micro-soldering repair jobs, only the repairs I cannot fix will be charged a $20 diagnostics fee.
If a device is non-repairable, the customer has the option to donate their damaged device to "Ocean iPhone Repair". If a device is donated then "Ocean iPhone Repair" will waive the $20.00 diagnostics fee.

All successful micro-soldering repairs come with a 3 month warranty.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement program "A message to our customers"

We have all thought it but we could never prove it, Apple has announced that they have purposely been slowing down older iPhones without letting the consumers know about it. Read more about it here:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Apple now fixing iPhone 6 Plus "touch disease" issue for $149*

Apple is now fixing iPhone 6 Plus touch disease issue which was a huge design flaw by Apple. The issue was a chip (IC chip) which controls the screens touch sensor would fail and the touch sensor on the display would either work intermittently or stop working completely.

There are some guidelines to apples repair program though. Your screen cannot be damaged and of course there cannot be major damage to the phone in general.

You can read more here directly from the Apple website:

Friday, September 30, 2016

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Touch Screen Issues. The problem is a design flaw, the touch IC chip fails on all 6 & 6 Plus models

The design flaw has to do with apples touch sensor chip built onto the main board. The chip fails and either causes the screen to flicker gray lines across the top and stop the touch function, or the touch would only work intermittently. Unfortunately doing a simple screen replacement will not fix this issue.
I bring this discussion up to let my customers know and warn them that with or without a screen repair, this issue can happen to anyone with the iPhone 6 or 6 plus models and that the screen repair was not the direct source for this problem should this problem arise.
All our customers must know that our warranty does not cover this problem after our screen repairs. This is a very common problem that apple refuses to admit to and is a problem that we cannot fix ourselves.