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Released November 4, 2017. Model A1865, A1901. Available as GSM or CDMA / 64 or 256 GB / Silver or Space Gray. (Pronounced the same as "iPhone 10.")

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Screen burn suddenly appeared on refurb. Scam?

Hi I bought a refurbed iPhone X on ebay 2 weeks ago. Very good condition cosmetically. Battery 85%. No face ID or True Tone.

The display looked great. I didn’t use the phone for a few days and let it run flat. When I used the phone again it had really severe screen burn. I can ready the labels of the ghosted home screen apps.

How could the screen burn have happened to severely and so quickly? Did the seller somehow do a temporary fix when they sold?

Cheers

Tom

Update (01/16/2022)

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Thanks for the info that's really useful.

Here's a photo of the ghosting. I don't see how I could have missed that in the first 2 weeks!

One interesting thing is that the ghost image has a different home screen image to mine, so it must have occurred before I got it.

If there's no software remedy I'll have to return it I think.

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Like @imicrosoldering said this sure looks like a bad replacement screen that was placed. this "image has a different home screen image to mine" already shows you that there is no software remedy for it.

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If it has no face ID or true tone it would confirm it has had a replacement screen installed. People planning to sell their phone will opt for the cheapest screen to replace there broken one. With the iPhone X there are three screens you can choose from, an LCD, hard OLED and soft OLED.

The LCD screen is the cheapest and are not really designed for the iPhone X. I have not herd of a temporary fix for this problem. Without seeing any images of your screen I would make sure it is not a swelling battery that is causing the problem, 85% battery health can cause this. I usually recommend a battery replacement at 87%.

I would order a new screen and battery for this phone. There is not much else you can do.

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