We already know that if a screen repair isn’t done by Apple Authorized professionals or repair shops, Face ID unlock is disabled. However, the new iPhone 13 Series takes it a step further. Assume that any of the iPhone 13 Series’ screens are repaired by a third-party repair shop. After that, the Face ID sensor will stop working and the user cannot authorize purchases, sign in to an account, unlock the smartphone (with Face ID), send animojis, and other functions.
iFixit has described this as a “Dark day for fixers, both DIY and professional,”. The platform published its findings on its website. As individuals tend to drop their smartphones; screen repair is one of the most typical fixes that third-party stores and even Apple perform regularly. The latest shift, on the other hand, could put even more strain on third-party repair shops who make a living by repairing phone displays, selling accessories, and changing batteries. If fewer consumers trust and bring their gadgets to these outlets; opting to have them mended by Apple; the rest of the players who are just as good as skilled experts will be left with nothing.
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The folks at iFixit performed repairs on iPhone 13s with both iOS 15 and 15.1. In which, they confirmed that:
“The new iPhone 13 completely disables its flagship Face ID functionality when you replace its screen. We have confirmed this repeatedly in our lab, testing with many different phones on iOS 15 and 15.1, and our results have been replicated by numerous repair professionals.“
iFixit has even described the changes in detail:
“The iPhone 13 is paired to its screen using this small microcontroller, in a condition repair techs often call “serialization”. Apple has not provided a way for owners or independent shops to pair a new screen. Authorized technicians with access to proprietary software, Apple Services Toolkit 2, can make new screens work by logging the repair to Apple’s cloud servers and syncing the serial numbers of the phone and screen. This gives Apple the ability to approve or deny each individual repair.”
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