Why We Think China Made LCDs won’t be Blocked by Apple in the Coming iOS Updates

The rumor that the China made iPhone LCDs can’t survive the upcoming iOS updates existed for quite a long time which aroused panic among repair shops. Many repair shops who want to use/have already used these screens to compete with authorized repair are wondering, will Apple brick these iPhone to kill the third party repair? We ETrade Supply don’t think so and here is why:

Reason 1. There is no need for Apple to do so by affecting so much iPhones users

Do you still remember that users sued Apple for bricked iPhone due to "error 53"? The situation is almost the same except only few people have let their home button be replaced by third party repair shops. How many China made iPhone LCDs have been sold? We don’t have the exact number. However, from what we know, the number should be over 1 million pieces at least. Will Apple brick millions of iPhones just to kill third party repairs?

Reason 2. Learn from the “History”

Same rumors for the 4/4S screen before. The OEM LCDs for 4/4s died out for quite a long time, all screens supplied were China copy one since 2 years ago. Not a case of bricked phone/unusable have showed for the updating to the new iOS system.

Why this rumor came into being?

The most possible reason that this rumor has been created—is just to cut the price of the China copy iPhone LCD and more possibly-- the demand for it.

A week before the Apple event in March 2016, the rumor was “China made iPhone LCDs can’t survive in the coming iOS 9.3 updates”, the price of these LCDs dropped significantly and everyone was holding their orders, waiting to see the result. Within one week, the price has dropped around $10/pc. After people found out that they did survive, the price increased again and here came the rumor “the China made iPhone LCDs won’t survive the iOS 10 updates”.

Who will get benefits from this rumor?

1.       Refurbishing Facilities/Companies

Since last June, more and more repair shops have accepted the China made iPhone LCDs because less OEM screens are supplied. A large certain amount of demand of OEM iPhone screens has been moved the China made ones. The rumor that “the China made iPhone LCDs won’t survive the newest iOS updates” will sure bring some demand back to those crappy OEM screen which have been used for quite a long time/ refurbished for multiple times.

2.       Reclamation Companies

This guys are even more sensitive to the demand and price of OEM screens. Keeping the demand at a high level means they can earn more cash.

3.       Those who hold plenty of 6 OEM screens at hands

The rumor is “ALL the China made iPhone LCDs won’t survive the iOS 10 updates”, not only for 5 series. As we all know, there are already China Made 6 screens in the market. Those who stocked large amount OEM 6 screens will be happy to see people still paying high price for the OEM 6 screens for quite a long time.

The supply chain of cell phone replacement parts is sophisticated, unclear and without any standards, which make it look more like gambling. Find a reliable long-term relationship partner who can grow with you is the key to success for repair shops. If you have any questions regarding the China made LCDs, please leave your comment below!

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  1. BY Olly

    HI, with news that the new iphone 8 will have the OLED screen which from my research is made using a Canon Tokki machine which costs $85m to buy.
    My question is will China be able to copy this screen, I know it usually take 1 year before the latest iphone screen is cheap enough to start replacing via a third party repairer. Thoughts please?

  2. BY martin

    Hello, now I have doubts about go on purchasing R displays, A, S or S+. At the moment all the R displays from Etrade Supply are working fine or we should purchase A/S quality? Do R grade work with the latest IOS version?

  3. BY h jaffer

    iphone 7 is a problem,ive changed screen with original screen home button dont work,when i put back in broken screen it works

  4. BY Tumen

    Hi,ETrade Supply,
    Do numeric codes on LCD tell about manufacturer of it? If so, how? Because i want to distinguish the manufacturers of them.

    • BY kaye

      Hi, Tumen, the numeric codes on LCD screen can’t tell about the manufacturer of it, we can know the LCD structure differences when we disassemble the LCD between different manufacturers and at present there is no obvious way to tell which one is which.

  5. BY gul'dan

    im gul’dan

  6. BY nowhere


  7. BY The truth is again

    I have Tianma screens for 5S. iPhone 5S can’t start with them. Just black screen, nothing. ON all IOS 9 versions. Dunno what to do with them now. If you start iPhone with an original screen and without switching off the phone replace the screen to a Tianma one ( on working phone) it works but only until you reboot your device. Do you have any solution for this problem? If you want I will Etrade the screens to you.

  8. BY The truth is

    Hi. You are not right. I have here several Tianma screens for 5S that I bought in january and they don’t work at all on IOS 9. If you want I can trade them to you.

  9. BY Angel

    is this problem only for iphones? what about android devices like nexus, samsung, lg?

    • BY May

      Hi Angel, yes, it’s the problem for iPhone screen replacements only.

  10. BY Pesho

    “those crappy OEM” what??? You are the one that refurbish crapy original LCDs. And now you are telling us that “those crappy OEM”????
    Are you now in the business of reselling PERFECT fake LCDs??? Those imitation of look but crapy quality fake LCDs!!!

    • BY ETrade Supply

      First, thanks for your comment, Pesho.

      We do sell refurbished 5 series screen, but we do not sell those refurbished screens made of “crappy OEM screens”. The crappy OEM screen we stated in this blog means those defective screens which can’t be used for recycling in our standard. Check this article out: etradesupply.com/blog/important-info-pay-attention-to-defective-recycled-iphone-lcds.

      As far as we know and tested, the defect rates of the refurbished OEM screens is 2 times higher than the China made LCDs.


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