iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S

iPhone 4 and 4S screen mounting brackets

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S screen

In this post we will try and identify the differences between an iPhone 4 screen vs an iPhone 4S screen. We will be comparing the iPhone 4 AT&T (GSM) screen, the iPhone 4 Verizon (CDMA) screen, and the iPhone 4S screen.

Is the iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S screen the same?

Well almost. We took a side by side photo of all the screens and here is what we found out.

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S: What’s the same?

  • the LCD and Digitizer connectors are exactly the same.
  • the LCD and Digitizer are all glued together and cannot be separated.
  • the front camera hole is in the same spot.
  • the proximity sensor hole is in the same spot.
  • the ear speaker hole is in the same spot

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S: What’s different?

  • the mounting brackets

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4s screen mounting brackets

The mounting brackets are the only difference between the 3 versions compared here.

There are a total of 10 mounting brackets on each version of the iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S.

At the corners:

  • On the iPhone 4S screen the corner mounting brackets match the iPhone 4 Verizon (CDMA) phone.
  • On the iPhone 4 AT&T (GSM) screen the corner mounting brackets at the bottom match the iPhone 4S but the top brackets do not match.

At the sides:

  • Volume Button Side
    • On the iPhone 4S screen the side mounting brackets match the iPhone 4 Verizon (CDMA) phone.
    • On the iPhone 4 AT&T (GSM) screen the side mounting brackets at the top and bottom match the iPhone 4S but the middle does not match.
  • Opposite the Volume Button Side
    • On the iPhone 4S screen the top and bottom side mounting bracket matche the iPhone 4 Verizon (CDMA) phone.
    • On the iPhone 4S screen the middle side mount bracket matches the iPhone 4 AT&T (GSM) phone.
    • On the iPhone 4 Verizon (CDMA) screen the middle side mount does not match either of the other two.
    • On the iPhone 4 AT&T (GSM) screen the top and bottom side mounts do not match either of the other two

And there you have it the iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S screen differences.

 

29 Responses to “iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S: Difference between screens”

  1. freeman.c says:

    thanks for your blog, this article is very usefull for me. but i want to ask more about the lcd driver: is the lcd assembly interchangable for iphone4 and 4s in the aspect of driver, regardless of the mounting brackets differences ? Thanks:)

  2. Fran says:

    Nice one, cheers. Got two screens mixed up and this sorted it out for me.

  3. Julio says:

    i have the same question as freeman can you swap the screens if you weld the mounting brackets into right position?

  4. admin says:

    Yes, if you manage to reuse the mounting brackets the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S screens are interchangeable. The digitizer and LCD connectors are the same between the 3.

  5. kana says:

    so which iphone is better and should i get an iphone4 or iphone 4s? thanks

  6. admin says:

    @kana get the iPhone 4S, not for the screen because it obviously is the same but for the new A5 processor and iSight camera which isn’t in the iPhone 4.

  7. Rob says:

    So I’ve been replacing these for a while and have yet to get a definitive answer… on the 4gs are they interchangeable between CDMA and GSM, as far as i can tell they are but i get all my parts from ebay and notice a great deal plainly state (for att/GSM) is this misinformation on their part or mine. Thanks in advance for any advise

  8. admin says:

    @Rob all iPhone 4S screens are interchangeable.

  9. Rob says:

    Figured as much just curious why soo many in the description state blatantly gsm only

  10. Graham says:

    I have 2 replacement screens here in my possession and neither look like the pictures. For instance, both of your screens 4/4s have mounting brackets on the corners of the screen, but my replacement screens have only side brackets that look different from yours. What gives?

  11. Rob says:

    @Graham sounds like funky replacements, I had received a few similar. They’ll still work, however i prefer the closed eyed corners for better hold

  12. [...] On m’a demandé de changer un iPhone 4S en vert et mon fournisseur n’avait que la pièce pour le 4… Je me suis donc demandé s’il y avait une différence. [...]

  13. admin says:

    @Graham turns out you have 3GS replacements not iPhone 4 or 4S.

  14. Russ says:

    So the main question I have is:
    Can you replace a iPhone 4 CDMA ( verizon ) screen with a 4S screen??

  15. Frank says:

    Leave it up to Apple to use 2 different screens for the iPhone 4G.

  16. Frank says:

    Mistake in article? Is this article in error? I just changed the screen on my son’s ATT iphone 4G. It’s on my account so I am positive it is ATT phone. The screen that fit it right is the one (pictured) Verizon. Has anyone verified the author of this article is correct?

  17. shane says:

    is there a difference between the mounting brackets between a 4 and 4GS??

  18. admin says:

    Yes, there is a difference between the 4 and “4GS” aka 4S. All the 4S mount brackets are the same regardless of the carrier.

  19. amanda says:

    thanks for this article! i was really confused about the difference between the screens and the really cleared it up!

  20. Paul says:

    Just a comment on this blog! Someone was wondering if you can weld the brackets in a different spot. I would just like to say that you can buy the screen bezels for the 4 or 4s on ebay that have the brackets in the right spots for cheap.
    Just make sure that you read the description carefully on ebay to make sure it is the right one. you will just need to glue the screen to the bezel. You can order two sided tape for it or you can use some good glue!

  21. patrick says:

    hi i have a iPhone 4 CDMA screen so from what i have read it will fit a 4s perfectly and will need a bit of adjusting to fit a iPhone GSM?

  22. John says:

    I managed to order the wrong screen for a 4s…it did not dawn on me till I had striped it down !
    All was not lost thou,with a fine blade I managed to get the bezel from around the old screen and glue on to the new one.
    one other point is the button on the 4s a fraction bigger ? it sat tightly in the new screen,I had to file it down under a magnifying glass !

  23. Gilbert says:

    can I just replace the digitaizer that I found online for a iphone 4s to my iphone 4 mine is sprint?

  24. Stephen says:

    This was a really great guide, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on these parts to begin with. I run a small shop, and having this posting cleared up a lot of confusion.

    Thanks for posting this. It’s greatly appreciated.

  25. Muppet says:

    Hi

    I bought the 4 screen replacement kit instead of the 4S by mistake, and only realised it after I opened the case, so can’t return it… Do you have a suggestion/guide on how to make the 4 fit on the 4s?

    Thank you very much!

  26. Des says:

    So what is the iPhone 4 for Sprint? Is it CDMA or GSM? Maybe I over looked it but I didn’t see it for the 4 that comes from Sprint. I’m getting ready to order front and back glass covers online (kid dropped her phone) and I don’t want to buy the wrong thing.

  27. Zak says:

    Hi guys an girls, I’ve just dropped my iphone 4 and the front glass is broken I was wondering how much roughly it’s gonna cost me either from a shop or DIY? Any info would help and how do I determine what model/make my screen is? I dot want to strip it and it’s the wrong one so am left without a phone :( many thanks

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  29. Agonyandxtasy says:

    Nice. I have wondered for a while the differences.

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