As excited as new iPhone owners are when they take their first iPhone home, eventually, they become used to their new toy, and their level of caution when handling an iPhone wanes. Inevitably, the day will come when the iPhone slips out of a hand and goes crashing across the floor, leaving everyone in the room cringing at the potential damage done. When the guilty party retrieves their phone, revealing a crack in the face, the cycle of emotions will look something like this: anger at themselves, sadness for their iPhone, and eventually, the dread of figuring out what comes next.
While in the early days of the iPhone, a cracked face may have seemed like a veritable death sentence for an iPhone, today this is a common problem. The first step is for users to forgive themselves for having slippery fingers, after which point they should power their scarred iPhone up. If the screen is still functioning, the damage was less serious than it could have been, as the liquid crystal display, or LCD, is still intact. Today’s iPhones have two screens, the exterior screen that we touch to operate the phone, and the LCD, which actually projects the images that we see on the screen.
When the display of an iPhone is functioning after drop that has resulted in a cracked screen, the exterior screen has been damaged, but the LCD is still functioning (if the display does not work, then both the exterior screen and the LCD have been ruptured – much worse). This means that users will need an iPhone glass replacement, rather than the more expensive glass and LCD replacement. An iPhone glass replacement is an extremely common procedure, and one that can be performed at almost any iPhone repair store.
Alternatively, many technically competent iPhone users may be able to perform an iPhone glass replacement themselves. In such cases, these users will simply need to seek out a dealer of iPhone replacement parts and purchase an exterior screen, also referred to simply as iPhone glass. Even users who decide to have their exterior screen professionally replaced should do a quick price check on replacement glass to make sure that the repair shop chosen to perform the iPhone glass replacement has accurately priced their replacement parts.
Whether choosing to replace the exterior screens themselves or to have the job performed by a professional, the most important thing for users to remember is that broken glass is no reason to replace their iPhone in its entirety. The cost of an iPhone glass replacement is a small fraction of the cost of a new iPhone, and chances are that if the damage caused by being dropped, sat on, or otherwise crushed did not even reach the LCD, the rest of the iPhone in question is in perfect working condition. The increase in market share of the iPhone has brought about a cottage industry tailored to fixing damaged iPhones, meaning that at this point, almost any broken component can be replaced in a cost-effective manner. So with the exception of catastrophic injury, deciding to upgrade should be the only reason to give up on an old iPhone.