I have a water-damaged iPhone 6. I took it to a non-Apple repair shop after the plunge (the Apple Store was too far away for urgent service), but it still does not work. It powers on, but the screen is always black or only backlit. Overall, the phone is in very good condition cosmetically.
On to the question. The repair shop removed some heat shields from the logic board during the cleaning process. Can I still bring my iPhone to the Apple Store for an out-of-warranty replacement? The service is currently listed on their website for $299, but are there special conditions I should be aware of before making the trip? Will a technician open the phone for inspection before offering a replacement?