Hi All, It occurred to me the other day that I come across a silly amount of broken devices in what I do. Sometimes its a broken phone or a broken laptop, other times people come to me with broken monitors and TV's which in the past I have fixed, soldered new caps onto etc but when it comes to things like failed surface mount components on devices such as phones or motherboards I have always just thrown it away and given up. In this month alone I have come across at least 3 or 4 devices that are in otherwise perfect order bar some odd fault that renders them useless, that got me thinking, why don't I just go and buy the rest of the kit that I need and start attempting to repair some of these things? So when on Tuesday somebody handed me an iPhone 7 which is in otherwise good condition apart from the fact that they cant hear anything anybody is saying on a call or use other audio functions on the device I set about my plan. To be clear here I replaced this broken iphone 7 with a new xr or whatever the new iphone is called now. This is basically a brick so with the phone being broken anyway why not attempt a repair? Realising that my butane iron wasn't going to do the job here I ordered the most likely component that can cause this issue in an iphone as well as a whole load of new (but really cheap) kit that I think I will need to carry out this repair then I forgot about it until today when I got home and stuff started turning up. The idea here is not just this first repair but I might buy some random broken electronics like really old computers as well and see if I can repair them but first i'm going to share with my first attempt at a repair which is going to be this: A bga audio ic for an iphone 7 which turned up at my door today and cost less than £6, this little thing is tiny but I counted and there are 144 connections between this tiny little chip and the board. This is probably a silly thing to start with but you have to start somewhere right? Even if replacing this thing is silly hard I am still going to give it a try. Over the next few days I will also share the cheap gear I bought as it gets delivered, I might even do a little video of each repair so you can all mock me for my total failures (of which there will be many) and also for the fact that I have pretty much no idea what I am doing. So what you recon to this one, this iPhone? Success of failure?