The easiest way to tell the difference between an aftermarket or OEM screen is the presence of third party stamps or stickers. If there are third party stamps or stickers, this will identify the screen as aftermarket. If your screen does not have stamps or stickers, use the following identifiers to determine whether it's OEM or aftermarket.

OEM vs Aftermarket iPhone 6 Screen

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1. OEM screens will have foam pads over the flex cables while aftermarket screens will either have no pads or poorly placed pads.

2. OEM screens will typically have an Apple Logo on one or both flex cables while aftermarket screens typically don't have a logo or the Apple logo is colored over with a sharpie marker.

3. The adhesive for the proximity sensor's plastic holder is generally stronger than the aftermarket adhesive, therefore that piece typically falls off on aftermarket screens.

4. OEM screens use a rectangular white film under the ambient light sensor while aftermarket screens typically do not.

5. The adhesive for the front camera's plastic holder is generally stronger than the aftermarket adhesive, therefore that piece typically falls off on aftermarket screens. Also, the black OEM screens will typically have a blue ring of reflective coating where the front camera sits to reduce haze; aftermarket screens typically won't include the haze protection.

6. The glue/solder attaching the backlight to the LCD is typically somewhat clean on OEM screens. You will find on aftermarket screens that there tends to be messy glue spots on the backlight connection.

7. Most aftermarket screens will have a blacked out serial number, if not their own serial number printed.

8. OEM screens will have a matte black sticker placed in the top left corner while aftermarket screens will have a glossy sticker or no sticker.

OEM vs Aftermarket iPhone 6 Screen

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9. OEM screens have an oleophobic coating over the front glass. This means that a drop of water will bead up and stay as a bead when moved around the screen. Aftermarket screens do not include that coating so the water tends to leave a trail.

 

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