An iOS software update will make iPhone screen repairs easier – here’s how

Undertaking a repair on a modern phone is extremely difficult. But, Apple went out of its way with the iPhone because an iFixit teardown showed that only Apple authorized resellers can replace the iPhone 13’s screen and maintain Face ID support.

However, it looks like Apple is bowing to the pressure the right to repair community has put on it. According to The Register, an Apple spokesperson said that a future software update will allow any repair shop to replace an iPhone screen without breaking Face ID (via ExtremeTech).

The original behavior is attributed to a display chip that only Apple and its authorized partners can transfer to a new display through a special software tool. It might be a little surprising that “fixing” this can be done with a software update, but it will be good news for iPhone owners who do not have an Apple store or authorized repair store. near.

To be clear, replacing the screen yourself is probably still out of reach for the vast majority of users, as there are adhesives, special screws and, of course, some incredibly delicate internals of the iPhone. to worry about. However, this will open up the possibility for other repair shops to replace the iPhone screens.

IPhone 13 Pro drop test

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While iFixit acknowledges that it is “a good day” and that it is a “tactical success for the repair market”, it remains concerned about the general trend of Apple and others towards “Locking out parts, more feature reductions, more reasons why only their profitable repair centers can do this job.

The need to protect the security of our devices is more pressing than ever. However, iFixit rightly points out that this doesn’t necessarily mean limiting repairability, and they cited Google’s Pixel 6 fingerprint scanner recalibration as a positive example of safety and ease of repair.

The Apple spokesperson did not specify which update would remove the restriction. However, it can be as early as the iOS 15.2 update which is currently in its second beta, so for now, a broken iPhone screen still means a trip to an Apple Store or other authorized Apple repair shop.