Apple won’t lock Face ID after replacing iPhone screens at unauthorized service centers.
Last week, iFixit confirmed that the iPhone 13 does not work Face ID after replacing the screen at service centers without special equipment. The issue is a unique microchip.
Today The Verge published a statement from Apple, in which the company confirmed that it would move away from its policy of limiting iPhone repairs. Shortly the company will release a software update that will no longer require a “native” chip from the iPhone branded display.
Thus, unauthorized service centers will repair the iPhone screen much more efficiently without disrupting Face ID.
iFixit confirmed that Face ID does not work in the iPhone 13 after replacing the screen at service centers without special equipment
In September, iFixit published the results of the disassembly of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro. In both cases, experts noted the difficulty of the repair. This week, engineers confirmed that keeping Face ID working when installing a non-original screen is highly problematic.
The connector connecting the display to the motherboard has a tiny controller that is responsible for serializing data. It also contains the unique identifiers of the screen and the smartphone to which it is connected.
If you replace the screen without moving the microchip, Face ID will stop working. It turns out that unauthorized service centers have two options in this situation.
The first is to upgrade equipment and purchase a special microscope to transfer the controllers from one screen to another. The cost of such equipment may reach several thousand dollars.
The second is to join the “Independent Repair Service Provider Program.” In this case, you can order parts and equipment directly from Apple.
However, you will need to meet strict quality standards and have your technicians certified to join this program.
A source close to Apple told iFixit that the company would soon fix these difficulties with a software update.