Apple is known to make it difficult to repair products, especially compact devices such as the iPhone. Over the years, this has become more and more true, and tech influencers have complained about the same. With the release of the iPhone 13, Apple has taken its irreparability to a higher level by challenging repairs that take place in third-party workshops. It turns out that such repairs will disable important features such as Face ID on the iPhone. In a recent report, Apple will soon withdraw from this failure and push for a software update that will allow third-party repairs of the iPhone 13 screen without worrying about losing Face ID.
iPhone 13 Third Party Screen Repair Doesn’t affect Face ID … Soon
The iPhone doesn’t yet have a brilliant past in terms of recoverability, and for the iPhone 13, Apple has taken another step to make the device even more irreparable. Repair experts and enthusiasts have tested how to replace the screen on the iPhone 13 and found that Apple’s serial number locks components and disables certain features after third-party repairs. The most prominent problem of all was the constant malfunction of the Face ID security system. Previously, a similar issue occurred when the iPhone XS allegedly lost True Tone support after a screen replacement.
The complex solution to this Face ID problem included a way to mess with iFixit’s small Face ID chip, but Apple Repair Shops adopted a simpler software solution. The Verge then published an article suggesting that a small microcontroller could be left in place while a screen swap was being performed with an expired software update from Apple. However, this software update does not yet have a confirmed deployment schedule.
This update could be another step in the right direction after Apple reintroduced the available ports on the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Pro and M1 Max.