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iPod Touch Liquid Crystal Display ~ LCD Replacement

I've mentioned there are basically 4 parts to the Touch Display assembly depending on which Touch model you have specifically.

The Liquid Crystal Display or LCD is beneath the digitizer. It is adhered into an exact position with with two strips of tape and surrounded by a plastic bezel so it *and* the digitizer work perfectly together. The LCD shows the icons and your file information, (songs, photos video... games) and with the digitizer positioned properly will allow your finger to find and work the screen. When an LCD is broken, you will notice hairline fractures in the color display, sometimes horizontal dark lines, or a "bleed" which is a big splotch in the screen. A bleed can look like a circle or a dark river. In some very rare cases an LCD will fail to an "all white" screen.

In an iPod Touch, it is extremely rare to have the LCD cracked and also not have the upper glass (screen) cracked. Typically you have to drop something right on top of the iPod and have the weight carry through the upper glass to pierce or fracture the LCD. It takes quite a bit of force.

This is what a cracked LCD might look like in your case,

There is also another LCD failure type known as a "white out", which occurs when the iPod Touch is dropped and one or more of the resistors that drive the LCD's "screen paint" breaks away from the resistor pack that delivers the final color signal to the LCD. The LCD in this case is completely "white", the backlight works perfectly, but the color information isn't presented.

The Touch 4th Gen is a bit different. While Apple raised the screen resolution by 4 times what it had been in the previous 3 models they reduced the part count to 1. In the 4th Gen by making them all one fused or glued together rather expensive part. From Apple's point of view the change makes sense because it reduces the assembly cost of the device, even though it raises the cost of repair. (Remember they have to put a glass/digitizer/LCD in every Touch no matter what when they build it. Now we have to replace all of those parts as a single part when we repair it.)

And of course the bigger problem is, Apple used a glass material that is quite brittle so breaks out when it gets cracked obligating you to repair sooner than you wold have previously. Pricing for the Touch 4th Gen screen/digitizer/lcd repair is in the graphic below.

iPod Touch pricing
The Touch 3rd gen is great device. I have one of these I use as a music source in my car stereo for long drives like the 13 hour trip to the Coachella Festival or EDC each year. This is a good repairable and serviceable device. The cost to replace the LCD is listed the graphic below.

iPod Touch pricing
The Touch 2nd gen is vast improvement over the 1st gen. It has a built in speaker and was designed with some types of repairs in mind. The LCD is replaceable quite easily. Pricing for the LCD replacement is in the graphic below.

iPod Touch pricing
The Touch 1st Gen has the Upper Glass, Digitizer and an outer metal bezel. This was never intended to really be repaired. It is a monster task and the parts aren't made anymore, so a smashed front on Touch 1 means it has to be replaced. There really are no spare parts in existence for it anymore.

It should take 4 stamps on a padded envelope or a plastic bubble mailer to get it from there to here with a total "out of your hand and back into your hand again" experience (because of the soldering) of 9 maybe 10 days depending on where a Sunday falls. Since the Touch has a big glass front to it, wrapping it in paper towels to protect the front would be wise.

If you want it sent back to you using Priority Mail add $5.

If you want your iPod sent back using Priority Mail and Insured add $11

BE CERTAIN TO INCLUDE, -->> your name, address, phone number and email address (a more practical way to reach people because of time zones) and a brief narrative as to what has happened, telling me you need the headphone replaced.

Send it along with a check for the appropriate amount for your iPod and the shipping method back.

(or you can PayPal in the funds by the time it arrives) contact me for the PayPal address

Mail it to the address below. If there is an unexpected discovery and somehow additional parts are required, I'll contact you by email and we will decide together if it's cost effective. If you move forward with the repair you can PayPal in the money for the parts, I'll know more once it's "in the operating theatre".

Frank Walburg
2145 Service Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-3139

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These are comments people have sent me after they received their iPod back fixed.

My most complex iPod Touch case ever

How to send your iPod Touch in for repair

How to bring your iPod Touch in for repair

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    Frank Walburg
    Service Court
    Santa Rosa, Ca 95403-3139

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