Question: iPhone SE screen crack leads to red and blue vertical blinking lines
So I have an iPhone SE, a few months ago, I had a panic attack and woke up to a cracked screen the next morning. As in, “screen cracked, but everything above the two notches on the sides is literally exposed to the elements”-cracked. Obviously not good, but I managed. So a few months later, I noticed my screen stopped being responsive, usually preceded by the screen getting “twitchy”. It would start moving as if I’m using my thumb to reposition it, or I’d have a fight with my keyboard and it pushing buttons I didn’t push (I believe that’s known as “ghost touches”), like literally spamming words in the area, then sending them if I didn’t turn the screen off fast enough. Literally the phone would behave possessed, like whatever FBI Agent was looking through it (lol) was having a little fun while he was there. Then it would stop working, and because my wallpaper is black, I could see faint blinking blue and red vertical lines in the background, and as long as those lines appear, I can’t touch anything on the screen. Sometimes they’re faint, sometimes they’re quite noticeable, but either way, red and blue lines = you can’t use your phone if it involves touching the screen. So there’s the unresponsive touch sensors. If anything, I’m guessing they’re damaged, or dust, dirt, etc. has gotten somewhere it shouldn’t be due to the gaping hole in my phone’s head, and is causing interference. The phone works just fine otherwise, but the screen can become unresponsive for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. I’ve tried to see if there’s some pattern or trigger that causes it to do this (using it too much, the screen being on too much I.e, watching a movie, the phone’s temperature, if it’s charging, etc.) but it appears to be completely random, and when the screen is malfunctioning, there’s nothing to do but wait it out, as no amount of hard resets will clear it up. Mind you, this has been going on since July, so I’m amazed it hasn’t, knock on wood, failed completely yet, but I am aware it’s on borrowed time. But getting it fixed is out of the question currently, just because I can’t afford to, simple as that. I’m also overseas and have no idea where the closest Apple Store even is, assuming they’d even fix it, as I’m fairly certain screen damage isn’t covered by any warranty. So while I have this poor zombie phone, first of all, can anyone shed any light on just what’s going on with the screen that causes all of this? Because either way, it is fascinating. And is there anything, whatsoever, that I can do to at least lessen the amount of times my screen does this (I’m prepared for a no, because obviously there’s hardware damage and obviously the best solution is “get your screen fixed or get a new phone”, but that costs money, so...) so I can have a working-ish phone?
iPhone SE, iOS 9.3.4