Mend My iPhone

"Bad news for the DIY-inclined: looks like the home button in an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus can’t be replaced with a different one. If you break the button or rip the cable, you’ll have to go to the folks at the Genius Bar for a repair—or be stuck with a completely non-functioning home button.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus appears to take this feature a step further. Home button replacement—or damage to the original home button cable—renders the button completely non-functional: no Touch ID and (here’s the new part) no return-to-menu ability. You can still navigate your phone by turning on Assistive Touch. But for all practical purposes, you’ve got a dead home button. One that you can’t fix on your own or at an independent repair shop." pasted from fixit.org

I had a repair where I replaced the screen for a customer and a few weeks later he's broken his home-button - the actual button had come out despite all screws being in place - I replaced it with a new home button that doesn't appear to work - like not at all and i've been baffled by it. He's now damaged the screen and is pretty irate that he's got a broken screen and a non working button. Non of which is my fault but i'm trying to help him with

Can anyone tell me if they've replaced a button and if it worked ! and if so how.

thanks in advance

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mobifixstudio
I believe this change in design is the beginning of the end for Apple 3rd party repairs. I do not believe Apple are going out of their way to make things difficult, it's just how their marketing works.
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TheMicroGuys
As usual the Chinese are on the case and this is something we have been following closely. The tool itself is available now and this is a repair that we would undertake once I have seen some 3rd party feedback on whether it actually works or not!

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Mend My iPhone
Thanks - I've had a look at the video; looks like a nifty thing. Let me know how you get on - looks like it'll be an needed repair. Nice if it's do-able as the 5/6 buttons are silly aren't they with their "cannot activate touch id' nag !

have a good weekend and thanks for the info.
http://www.mendmyiphone.co.uk
Specialising in iPhone and iPad repairs.
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TheMicroGuys
I'm honestly not quite sure if this is to repair Touch ID or touch recognition. I suspect the later tbh
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TheMicroGuys
Just to update on this I can confirm this is to replace the "Turtle" IC aka U10 and will restore home button function only. Touch ID remains the same as all other models - matched to the logic board and no fix.
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Steve
Hi Guys

I found this:



not sure what the point is really, i must be missing something - what on the home button contains the unique ID that pairs with the board? surely this component can be replaced (old one salvaged and new one fitted) 

I guess most people who want to replace the home buttons is due to the old one being damaged (externally on the glass or ripped flex when repairing) so salvaging components (say the unique code is on the so called U10 chip) should be pretty easy? 

I would love to get to the bottom if this so we can either do this in house or and one of you guys to be able to point customers to. 

Cheers

Steve 
Steve Garner | Replacebase Founder 

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TheMicroGuys
u10 -turtle chip controls what would have been on an older iphone the press (button click). I believe it measures capacitance and registers this as a button click.So if your damaged home button had touch ID working but the button wouldn't register a press then replacing U10 would restore this function and would be a fix.
Touch ID isn't controlled by U10 and I am not aware of any solution yet and doubt there will ever be one unless someone comes out with a way to reflash the relevant IC or remove and reattach it to a new button. So far there hasn't been any positive results afaik.
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TheMicroGuys
If you want to see the basic anatomy of the iphone 7 home button I suggest watching this video. It's very long but between 6 mins - 17 mins will give you a good idea of how it is constructed.

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Steve
Thanks for that.

In other news, i have ordered a sample of 5 units of the tool featured in the video, if anyone wanted one at cost PM me and we will arrange, would be good to get some feedback. 
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Andy @ ACE-Repairs
Im interested
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Steve
Great.

They are due in next week, I'm off on holiday next week so will PM you as soon as I'm back and get this arranged.
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