IPhone 13 users who want to avoid overcharged authorized repairs have reason to rejoice. The latest iOS 15.2 beta now allows you to replace screens at home or in independent services without compromising Face ID.
Earlier, Apple sabotaged independent repair by making it almost impossible to replace a broken screen on your iPhone 13. It integrated a chip that locked screens on certain phones that came with it. An anti-repair measure would sabotage attempts by an independent technician to replace the screen using a built-in microcontroller to confirm repairs. This would cause Face ID to fail after replacing the screen.
One solution was to detach the microcontroller from the old screen and then solder it to the replacement screen again. But this is not a simple process of soldering through a hole or SMD soldering. The technician would need overly expensive BGA soldering equipment to desolder and re-solder the chip. Furthermore, this complicated process is extremely labor intensive, time consuming and prone to failure. A delicate procedure can even ruin your iPhone.
Remember Xbox’s Red Ring of Death? This is caused by complications caused by lead-free soldering and its effect on the complicated BGA soldering process. That episode ultimately cost Microsoft billions of dollars, so what are the chances that a small independent repair shop will oppose Apple’s anti-repair measure in this case?
On the other hand, an authorized Apple technician can easily add a new screen with a few clicks within its special software. But well-known repair rights advocate Louis Rossmann explains, joining Apple’s authorized repair program involves waiving your rights as an independent business and promoting the same dubious anti-consumer practices that force consumers to turn to third-party services.
Following the reaction, Apple has confirmed that it will introduce a software update to ensure that third-party stores can fix iPhone 13 screens. The upcoming iOS 15.2 update now allows you to replace screens on your iPhone 13 without compromising Face ID. Now you don’t even have to mess with the microcontroller. Although after replacing the screens, the phone displays “Important message on the screen”. It warns that the screen cannot be verified as an “original Apple part”, even if the replaced screen is genuine.
Do you think Apple has released a new update as a precautionary move to save itself from potential anti-competitive, anti-repair disputes, now that the fight for the right to repair is gaining momentum? Let us know in the comments.
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