a chip complicates repairs

iPhone 13

It’s a small detail that matters a lot. iFixit spotted a tiny chip under the display and on the motherboard. It provides the link between the screen and the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models. Concretely, if a third-party screen is installed, Face ID is deactivated.

Service providers who are Apple-approved will be able to work around the problem by using proprietary software to record the repair and sync the new screen to the iPhone. But this is not the case with third-party repairers, and the Cupertino company therefore regains even more control over the repairs. She will be able to approve or reject them.

A change not final?

However, there is a way around this device. Thus, it is necessary to remove the soldered chip from an original screen on a replacement screen. Except that this operation is clearly not within the reach of the first comer.

iFixit was able to reach some third-party repairers and a feeling of panic seized them. They can equip themselves with new equipment to bypass the measure, but this is not obvious. Others will try to join the repair network approved by the Apple brand. Some even think about throwing in the towel.

The news is significant for the industry where iPhone screen replacement is a big part of the business. However, there is no indication that these changes are intentional on the part of Apple. iFixit questioned a source close to the Cupertino company who thinks that an update could correct this problem.

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In the past, however, Apple has held quite hostile speeches with regard to the right to repair. The company claims that providing repair manuals could harm the security and privacy of the iPhone. The argument of the risk of injury to users during repairs is also regularly mentioned by the company to justify its refusal.

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