Apple Broke iPhone 13 Screen Repairs
Apple has been chipping away at iPhone repair work outside their control for years now, but with new changes to the iPhone 13, they may be aiming to shatter the market completely. The new iPhone 13 completely disables Face ID functionality when you replace its screen.
One of the most common phone repairs that could once be done with hand tools now requires a microscope. This means you won’t be able to fix your iPhone screen yourself without seriously stepping up your repair game, or sacrificing the functionality of your device.
*Update 11/9/2021* Apple told The Verge that they will “release a software update that doesn’t require you to transfer the microcontroller to keep Face ID working after a screen swap.” We are … a little shocked.
Clearly this was not a security issue at all! Just another move against independent repair that they’re backing down from, or a bug that they never bothered to test for.