Humorously, Apple quoted me nearly $650 to “repair” the phone; that price almost certainly means I would receive a refurbished phone. Instead, I ordered parts and plan on replacing the screen, back panel, and battery myself. I am committed to running this phone until it no longer receives security updates.
Apple is ridiculously and notoriously terrible about owner repairs. Replacing the screen will mean losing TrueTone support; replacing the battery will mean losing Battery Health support. The “System Configuration tool” must be run to re-code your phone for the new parts. Only Apple-authorized repair shops, or self-service repairs, have access to this tool (the latter through Apple Support). And Apple’s Self-Service Repair program does not include parts for my model phone. Despite these inconveniences, I’m determined to press forward.
|Rear glass panel, unbranded||$15|
|LCD screen (OLED costs double)||$100|
I will update this post with notes after I perform the repairs.