When the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were released this past September, as usual eTech Parts got tons of questions about the compatibility between replacement screens for the iPhone 5/5s/5c. While the LCD screen assemblies for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5C are not interchangeable, we have a feeling that the glass lens may be. This is a question we get every time a new device is released, as people look for more economical ways to replace the front glass of the newest devices.


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After careful research and comparisons between the three front LCD assemblies, we can say without a doubt each of these screens will not work with any device other than the one it was made for.




Each LCD connector is different across the board, while the digitizer cable for the iPhone 5s/5c is the same.




The hole for the home button is the same size across the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.




As seen in online teardowns, the iPhone 5s screen has a slightly lower weight of 42g while the iPhone 5c screen weighs in at 42.7g.


Though there aren't too many differences between the LCD assemblies for the iPhone 5/5s/5c, there are enough differences to make each screen incompatible for use with any other device. The jury's still out on whether iPhone 5/5c glass-only repairs can be performed using only the front glass piece, but until we get our hands on the front glass for the iPhone 5c it remains to be seen. We also have parts for iPhone 5s and parts for iPhone 5c available for purchase.


Has anyone had any luck using iPhone 5 glass on an iPhone 5c repair? Or vice versa? As always we love hearing feedback from members of our Repair Community, so keep it coming! LIKE us on Facebook!


Update: Dave Takushi has verified for us that the glass on the iPhone 5 is the same as the glass on the iPhone 5c. They have performed glass-only repairs on the iPhone 5c using glass only parts for the iPhone 5. Glass-only repairs are tricky and require the proper tools and training to complete, read more here.