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

Aftermarket vs Original iPhone Screen Repair


Aftermarket vs Original iPhone screen repair

Most customers are unaware that iPhone screens have been copied in China for pennies on the dollar and have flooded the market with low quality cheap parts. From amazon to eBay, many of the iPhone screen kits are titled as "compatible" and are inferior quality. Below are the key differences. 

  • White images will look blue or pink. 
  • Fingerprint magnets. No oleophoebic coating.  
  • Very easy to break glass. Most times one drop and it shatters.
  • Frame separates from the glass because the adhesive is bonded with heat which comes apart over time.  
  • Screen doesn't have high resolution and touch may not register properly. 

How do I know if I'm getting a legit iPhone screen

    Look at prices. Most of the time if the prices are extremely low and/or much lower than competing businesses. Most shops such as mall kiosks and large retailers will use the cheapest parts due to the large overhead and they want consumers to break their iPhone over and over again. You can ask the person installing the iPhone screen to show you the difference before you get a repair. If they don't want to or give you excuses this could be a sign the screen is aftermarket. 

What to expect from San Diego Mac Repair

    San Diego Mac Repair only uses original quality parts in every repair. We will not install or use aftermarket in any repair. Repairs are done by an Apple Certified Mac Technician at our La Jolla location. Upon request we can show you the difference between aftermarket and original screens and you will be shocked. Our company has been repairing iPhones since the 3G was released in 2008. You can trust the repair will be great and the customer service will be unmatched. Repair your iPhone in 15 minutes. 

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          What is a question mark folder on my Mac?

          The question mark folder on a Mac is your machine telling you it can not find the hard drive or operating system. This is very common on the MacBook Pro mid 2012 because the cable that connects the hard drive to the logic board tends to fail after a few years. The flashing question mark folder can also mean that your hard drive has failed. It can also mean the operating system is so badly corrupted you can not boot from it.

          What do I do now?

          You will first want to turn off your computer and turn it back on while holding the OPTION key on your keyboard. Wait until you see the cursor appear. If you see 2 hard drive icons and one says recovery select this option. If you see nothing this can indicate a hard drive failure. Newer Macs have the ability to boot into internet recovery. This internet recovery option gives you more options to recover your system.

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          Once you get into recovery, choose utilities at the top and then select Disk Utility. Disk Utility is one of the most useful programs in Mac OS. If you see a hard drive in the left side it indicated your drive is there but still may be failing. If you try to repair the disk and still is unsuccessful you may need a hard drive replacement or need to erase the computer and reinstall the operating system. If you have a time machine backup you can select erase and then quit out of Disk Utility to reinstall the operating system. If you do not see a hard drive in the left menu, this usually means physical failure. Bring it in to San Diego Mac Repair in La Jolla or Del Mar for a hard drive diagnostic of your Mac

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          San Diego Mac Repair specializes in the upgrade of SSD (solid state drive) drives in San Diego. We offer same day installations and data migration for your existing hard drive. We can install a new hard drive. If your hard drive is failing, there is still a chance to recover data. Check it in to San Diego Mac Repair in La Jolla or Del Mar. Del Mar location is available by appointment only. Click here for to schedule for a Mac appointment in Del Mar.

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