I ordered an Apple Logo LED kit for my 6 Plus from here: http://www.ebay.com/. I picked white for that classic Apple look! The instructions it came with were pretty difficult to decipher, if anyone else wants to try this hopefully this will help. The beauty of the logo is that it is powered by the LED Backlight Fuse, so the light only comes on when the screen is on and supposedly has very little effect on battery life. We shall see…
Sizing it up
Looks like it’s the right size! Go cheap stuff from China!
The kit came with some crappy drivers, I use my nice kit of Wiha drivers for this project. 1st things 1st, take out the pentalobes.
Lifting the Screen Assembly Part 1
I’ve repaired the screens on 1000+ phones, and for most of them I just wedge an iSesamo in there. However, that can slightly blemish the finish – not a big deal when they screen is broken and the frame is usually also mangled. Since this is my phone and it’s in perfect shape I decided to use the suction cup and plastic spudger to remove the screen assembly.
Lifting the Screen Assembly Part 2
Alright, no scratched finish!
Disconnect the Battery
Rule #1 of cell phone repair – you can greatly limit the damage that can be done if there isn’t any power running to the device while you are playing mad scientist and unplugging shit. Disconnect the battery before you do ANYTHING else.
Next I take out the 5 EMI Shield screws and remove the Top EMI Shield, which should just lift off right off.
Keep Your Screws Organized!
The magpad is your friend. Putting the wrong screws back in the wrong hole can damage the motherboard – don’t be that person. You can see I lay the shields down in the exact shape I took them out of the phone so there’s no confusion about which screws go where.
Remove the Battery Part 1
Apple must have gotten tired of how horrible it was to remove batteries in the 5’s, this new design is great. No heat or pry tools required! Just like those 3M wall hangers, pull on the three tabs (two if you have a 6) very slowly…
Remove the Battery Part 2
Keep pulling, easy does it…
Remove the Battery Part 3
Finally got a grip on it with my fingers…
Remove the Battery Part 4
Remove the Battery Part 5
Remove the OEM Apple Logo Part 1
I used the iSesamo to gently scrape up the Apple Logo.
Install the Apple Logo LED Part 2
…it stuck! And sat perfectly flush. It’s like my lucky day.
LED Backlight Fuse Part 1
The instructions said I had to connect the top part of the cable to the LED Backlight Fuse, which is covered by a piece of electrical tape.
LED Backlight Fuse Part 2
Always a good idea to expose live wires! Please please please do not even think of plugging the battery back in until you finish the next few steps.
LED Backlight Fuse Part 3
Fast forward about 15 minutes from the last photo and I finally got the cable lined up and held down with some electrical tape. Next reconnect the PIN connectors on the screen assembly + reinstall EMI Shield and screws, then plug the battery back in and insert screws. I powered the phone on – no light from the logo. I applied very light pressure with my finger and it came on. I decided to hope that the battery would also apply this light pressure when the screen assembly was reinserted…
…and I was right! I’ll report back if there are adverse effects on battery life, but so far so good. Don’t forget to put the pentalobe screws back in!