As Right to Repair groups continue to push for stricter laws
regarding how manufacturers build their products, Apple has
apparently taken away the ability to fix one of the most common
iPhone repairs: A cracked screen.
iFixit reports that the iPhone 13 will
completely disable Face ID when the screen is replaced with a
non-Apple part. The reason is due to a chip about the size of a
Tic-Tac, tucked into the bottom of a screen. As iFixit explains,
the iPhone 13 is paired to its screen using this small
microcontroller, and Apple has not provided a way to pair a new
screen without going to an Apple Store or an authorized dealer.
iFixit says authorized technicians need access to Apple Services
Toolkit 2, to log the repair to Apple's cloud servers and sync the
serial numbers of the phone and screen. The only workaround iFixit
has found is to physically move the soldered chip from the original
screen onto the replacement, which is no easy task.
That basically shuts down at-home repairs and makes it
incredibly difficult for smaller shops to fix iPhone 13 screens
unless customers are willing to use an iPhone missing its only
biometric login. iFixit says many small repair shops could be
forced to close as a result of the change, due to the expensive new
equipment and training required for the new screen repair.
It's common for Apple to issue iOS warnings about third-party parts,
including cameras, batteries, and screens, but iFixit says Apple
has crossed the Rubicon with this new requirement. It urges the
passage of right to repair legislation, which would dictate the
ways companies can manufacture their products to ensure easier
repairs. In the meantime, you might want to pick up a good case for your iPhone 13â€”or make sure you