There is nothing worse than THINKING you have a LCD and digitizer assembly for use with iPhone 5s but REALLY having a screen for use with an iPhone 5. The same goes for the screens for use with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. If you haven’t had a chance to repair many of these devices, or you just want to see screens side-by-side, here is a quick rundown for the differences between screens and challenges you will face when repairing these devices.
First let’s start with the iPhone 5 series. Compared to the iPhone 4, the screen of an iPhone 5 is easier to replace according to the technicians we have heard from. With the iPhone 4 screen repair you have to go through the back to get to the screen. An iPhone 5 screen can be removed by opening the cell phone like a book. There are two screws on the bottom of the casing that release the screen.
The biggest difference between the iPhone 5 series phones will be the flex cables located at the top of the screens. The hardest flex cables to tell the difference between are the 5S and 5. The framing varies to accommodate the proximity sensor and some screw holes are slightly aligned differently. The difference with the 5c is the thicker and bulkier frame. When you replace the screen on a 5c there are cutouts like clips since the frame is plastic rather than aluminum.
The 6 series is larger, clearly, but also thinner. The thinner LCD screen means they are more fragile during repair (both removal and installation) which is important to note. All small parts (proximity sensors, front camera, and home buttons) are moved over to the new device during these repairs. The frame around the glass and LCD is thinner and the phone itself (the casing) needs to be in good condition when performing these repairs since the screen sits on top and is screwed in.
The 6s and 6 are the same size but the 6s has the pressure sensitive touch function built into the LCD. The back side of the backlight function has a shield on the 6s and a built in home button flex that runs down the side. All other small components (home button, proximity sensor, front camera, and speaker) are mostly in the same spots. Framing is slightly different between the two models (making them incompatible) but it appears quite similar overall.