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iPhone 5s Front Facing Camera and Sensor Cable Replacement

  • Author:Sam Lionheart
  • Source:ifixit
  • Release Date:2014-03-14
  • iPhone 5-Point Pentalobe Screwdriver 
  • Phillips #00 Screwdriver
  • Small suction cup 
  • Plastic Opening Tools 
  • Spudger 
  • Scissors

Step 1 Front Panel Assembly

  • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.
  • Remove the two 2.0 mm Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.

Step 2 Manual Opening Procedure

  • The front panel is attached with clips, and there are several ribbon cables connecting it to the rest of the phone. Your goal here is to release the clips and open the phone only enough to disconnect the cables. Go slowly and carefully to avoid damage.

  • Make sure the suction cup is firmly attached to the front panel assembly near the home button.

  • While holding the iPhone down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the home button end of the front panel from the rear case.

  • With a plastic opening tool, gently pry the edges of the rear case down, away from the front panel assembly, while you pull up with the suction cup.

  • Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The 5s front panel assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.

  • Do not try to completely remove the front panel assembly from the rear case, as there are several ribbon cables still attached at the top of the iPhone.

  • Pull the plastic nub to release the vacuum seal on the suction cup.

  • Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.

Step 3 Opening Front Panel

  • Open the phone just enough to reveal the metal bracket covering the home button cable.

  • Do not open the phone too far or you risk damaging the home button cable.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the bracket free and remove it with tweezers.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the home button cable connector up out of its socket.
  • Once the connector has been released, pull the home button end of the assembly away from the rear case, using the top of the phone as a hinge.

    During the next few steps, until you remove the front panel assembly, keep it supported at a 90º angle in relation to the rear case.

Step 4

  • Remove the following screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket to the logic board:
  • Two 1.7 mm Phillips #000 screws

  • One 1.2 mm Phillips #000 screw

  • One 1.3 mm Phillips #000 screw

  • This screw tends to not be attracted to a magnetized screwdriver. Take care not to lose it when removing.

Step 5

  • Remove the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board.

Step 6

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable.
  • While still supporting the front panel, disconnect the digitizer cable connector.
  • Finally, disconnect the LCD cable connector.

  • When reassembling your phone, The LCD cable may pop off the connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to disconnect and reconnect the battery.
  • Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.

Step 7 - Earpiece Speaker

Remove the two screws securing the upper component bracket:

  • 4.0 mm Phillips #000

  • 2.3 mm Phillips #000

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the left leg of the bracket off of the earpiece speaker.

  • With a set of tweezers, shift the bracket to the left to unclip it.

  • Remove the bracket from the display.

Step 8

  • Remove the earpiece speaker with a set of tweezers.
  • If you use your fingers, be very careful not to touch the gold contacts on the front panel. Finger oil can prevent good contact.

Step 9

  • Using the edge of a set of tweezers or a metal spudger, gently pry the earpiece speaker contact cable up, to separate this portion of the camera and sensor cable from the adhesive below.

  • Only pry directly under the earpiece speaker contacts, there are sensors and microchips that can be damaged by prying elsewhere.

Step 10

  • Use the point of a spudger to lift the ambient light sensor out of its recess in the display assembly.

Step 11

Use the flat end of a spudger to gently peel the front-facing camera portion of the cable away from the display assembly.

Step 12

  • Carefully peel the cable assembly off of the LCD shield plate to remove it from the display.

  • Be careful not to grab the digitizer cable while peeling up the front facing camera and sensor assembly cable.

Step 13 Front Facing Camera and Sensor Cable

Remove any plastic coverings from the microphone on the sensor cable assembly.

Step 14

Remove any clear backing strips from the light sensor, cable and front-facing camera.

Step 15

  • In order to ensure a good fit and proper placement of components, make sure your new cable assembly matches the one that came out of your iPhone.

  • You may need to use a set of tweezers to fold the microphone portion of the cable so that the gold portion is inside the cable, and the silver unit is on top.

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Author Sam Lionheart from ifixit