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What’s the difference between “original iPhone LCD” and “OEM iPhone LCD”?

What’s the difference between “original iPhone LCD” and “OEM iPhone LCD”?


Maybe you will be confused about "original iphone 6s lcd " turning out to be copy,and "OEM is not original".

It boils down to three reasons: culture differences,marketing and name brand copyright infringement.


1) Culture Differences -Most LCD screens are manufactured or reclaimed to be refurbished in the Asian market. 

Right out of the gate, there is a barrier of culture and language barriers that simply don’t align with other nations terms 

relating to cell phone replacement parts.

For example: the phrase OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) seems to be used more often in Asia 

where Americans would tend to say “Original” or “Genuine”.

2) Marketing-Various marketing twists these terms just as much in an effort to advertise LCD screen parts in a manner 

that sounds more official and tends to keep the focus off some variant of the true condition.

For example: An “Original White LCD Display With Digitizer and Frame Assembly for iPhone 4S” listing title on eBay 

sounds like a 100% authentic LCD screen and must be “New” since the item condition reflects it being so.

What this really means is you re-buying a full, complete iPhone 4s LCD screen assembly with:

- An authentic iPhone (Sharp or Toshiba) LCD screen; the LCD is “real”, but refurbished.

- Has an “aftermarket” digitizer adhered to the LCD screen.

- Other parts and components are reclaimed from broken LCD screens to make a refurbished LCD screen 

and could have other “aftermarket” parts used in re-manufacturing. 

3) Brand Copyright Infringement-Unless you’re licensed to sell Apple iPhone parts, you’re not technically allowed 

to advertise new “Original” parts, even if the item is new and 100% authentic. If you ever see the words 

“for iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 5c” etc. at the end of the item title or advertising pitch, now you’ll know why. 

Apple has actually been fairly quiet about imposing seizures at US customs and online marketplaces for those 

who sell parts without authorization.

In summary, sellers basically twist their advertising pitches to circumvent the risk of selling refurbished, 

unauthorized Apple parts while confusing the end consumer with fancy technical words that mask the truth.