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iPhone 4 Dock connector replacement
Sweet, sweet success! Completely disassembled my iPhone 4, replaced the dock connector port and reassembled it. Total cost: $8 for the part, 40 minutes of my time. As a side bonus, my iPhone 4 now works in my speaker system I picked up during Black Friday. Huzzah!

I followed the instructions here:

Part was from an Amazon seller here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UGVOO2/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details (despite the statement that it's for Verizon, this one was for AT&T. Slightly mind boggling. Not sure why they haven't corrected that info.)
Cost: $13 with expedited shipping, but the latest Google Local Deals involved an Amazon Gift card (pay $5 for $10), so effectively, I paid $8.

Total time: 40 minutes. It took longer to disassemble than it took to assmeble.

Only odd bits:
Step 5: It's not clear that the contact clip is a separate piece of metal under the battery connector. It fell off, surprising me.

Step 13: The 1.4mm screw goes into a spacer that I think was supposed to be attached to the area below it. This was not the case for me and it kinda just spun uselessly. It's safe to ignore (or use tweezers to hold the spacer in place from the battery side). If you ignore it, as long as it's loosened, you should be able to lift the wi-fi antenna towards the front of the phone - it's connected to a U shaped piece of metal (between the antenna and the spacer).

There's what appears to be a QR code under the rear facing camera. Unfortunately, I didn't have to take it apart to the point where I could reveal the entire thing. Alas. (You can see what I mean in the step 16 picture.)

[edit] Ugh, except... the mic (part of the dock connector piece) appears to be broken. :\
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porsupah From: porsupah Date: March 31st, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, iFixIt! I've used their guides a few times - most recently, in replacing the keyboard of a final model PowerBook G4, which was a bit trying. =:P Not difficult as such (but lots of screws), just the separation of the trackpad and keyboard cables was tedious - both being quite fragile, of course, I had to slowly, gently run a cardboard spudger between them, to avoid ruining the trackpad cable in the process.
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