If you have just bought or are planning to buy the new iPhone 13, you had better handle it with extra care because Apple is the only company that can fix it properly.
Third-party repairs may be a thing of the past with Apple’s latest edition, as unofficial repair replacement screens would lose access to Face ID.
This means that you will have to bring your new iPhone directly to the manufacturer to fix a damaged screen or be unable to open your phone via Face ID.
In a video posted after the iPhone 13 Pro was disassembled, Phone Repair Guru reports “catastrophic” changes to Apple’s latest smartphone and third-party repairs.
“It’s bad, it’s really, really bad. Basically, every time you get a replacement screen, Face ID will be gone. You don’t have to break anything, nothing has to go wrong, ”he says in the video.
A third party, such as a non-Apple-affiliated repair store, will not be able to properly replace an iPhone 13 screen due to the modifications.
An “Important display message” pop-up prompt will notify the iPhone 13 user of the problem if they try.
“Unable to verify that this iPhone has a real Apple display,” it reads, despite using a real Apple display.
The screen doesn’t even need to be damaged to become devoid of Face ID.
Screen replacements in iPhones have always been risky because you risk damaging components, but they were possible.
In the iPhone 12 Pro, Apple implemented a component behind the screen that contained Face ID data and functionality.
Now, the iPhone 13 screen contains data related to Face ID, making the feature useless once you remove it.
Apple has tweaked the Face ID components for the new edition, making them smaller and merging the speaker with the actual iPhone 13 case.
Only the microphone, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor remain in small components behind the screen.
All of these are transferable to all screens and work when replaced by a third party. The Face ID feature ignores these components.
Apple has attempted to end third-party repairs for new iPhones.
In mid-September, Apple shareholders filed resolutions with Apple to reverse its “anti-repair practices,” calling on the tech giant to change its right-to-repair policies.
In 2018, an update for iOS 11.3 would have disabled touch functionality for the iPhone 8s with aftermarket screens.
Apple then released an update that resolved the issue.
This issue is unlikely to be fixed with a fix due to the change in hardware.
There are workarounds, including transferring two chips to the new display, but most repair shops won’t because it’s “too fancy,” said Phone Repair Guru.
The iPhone 13 starts at $ 1,199 in Australia, while the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $ 1,699.