iPhone 13 Third-Party Screen Replacement Disables Face ID, Move Could Shatter Repair Industry: iFixit

A new investigation by iFixit reveals that an iPhone 13 screen replacement via a third-party repair shop will disable Face ID functionality entirely. This is said to be a deliberate move by Apple in an attempt to prevent iPhone users from going in for third-party repairs. By bringing up this barrage of screen replacements, iFixit says Apple could completely shatter the iPhone repair industry, calling it a ‘dark day for fixers both DIY and professional’. Third-party iPhone repairs have been difficult because of a tiny microcontroller chip that connects the screen to the phone. This chip is located at the bottom of the screen.

ifixit is Detailed how new iphone 13 Completely disables its key Face ID functionality when you switch its screen. It has a small microcontroller that needs to be paired with the newly replaced chip, and this, apparently, can only be done using the secret software that is authorized now. Apple Repair people have access. This means that regular third-party repair workers will not be able to fix the iPhone screen without sacrificing key functionality. iFixit notes that this could have huge implications for the professional repair industry, for which Apple is the dominant brand for the service. Small shops may be closed, forced to choose between spending thousands on new equipment or losing a major source of income.

For repair people that want to survive, they’ll either need to join Apple’s authorized repair network or physically move the soldered chip from the original screen upon replacement. iFixit says this will require new equipment such as a microscope or high-resolution webcam, hot air rework stations, fine-tip soldering irons, and the necessary BGA stencils, flux, and other supplies. Many repairmen, iFixit reports, are looking for another line of work.

iFixit reports that the Face ID error continues to appear on the iPhone 13 Pro Max even after replacing the display with another original iPhone 13 Pro Max display. It was tested when the phone was running on iOS 15.1. Apple’s monopolistic behavior isn’t new, iFixit says, as it has been putting off repairs for years. But by discontinuing the most common repairs for its devices, Apple has jeopardized the source of income for many repair workers. “If we want repair shops to exist in our local communities, we have no choice but to pass a law of right to repair to protect us from this violent, monopolistic behavior,” iFixit says.