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Fraudulent Parts Alert!

Another reason to bring your iPhone or iPad to a reputable facility like The Stem has reared it’s ugly head on the web! Last week a lovely women brought in a “new iPhone 5 screen” for me to instal onto her broken iPhone 5. Her description over the phone didn’t add up, and this is what she brought me….

What you see appears to be an iPhone 5 front digitizer. One TINY issue though.. it’s lacking the rather essential electronics. You see, the surface you touch on your iPhone has embedded sensors that read your fingers and transmit that data through cables to the logic board…those are missing from that part.  That there is simply a piece of glass for $54.99.  Unless you have the experience, you may have gone and unwittingly destroyed your rather expensive new iPhone 5 digitizer assembly to find out you’ve been swindled.


Thanks to my customer I have traced the fraudulent parts to en E-Bay seller by the name of 1st League Canada, the actual ad is at




Thankfully, there are a couple reviews that have called out the seller, but unfortunately this kind of thing is all to common. I’ve had many cases of fake parts being peddled to unsuspecting do-it-yourselfers.


Best practice is to take it somewhere where they have the experience!


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Ryszard (Rick) Gold, From Calgary, Alberta, Canada has over 20 years of experience working with Apple products in a technical capacity. Passionate about technology in general, his natural troubleshooting abilities, curiosity and appreciation of good design lead him into working exclusively with Apple Computer products.
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