Replacing iPhone 13 screen in third-party workshops will turn off Face ID

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Apple is one of those companies that do not accept the repair of their equipment bypassing authorized service centers using counterfeit components. Attempts to save money and carry out repairs in third-party workshops often result in the cancellation of the warranty and problems in the operation of devices for owners of Apple electronics.

Replacing the screen on third-party shops result in the Face ID stopping working

For its part, Apple is actively advocating why it is worth carrying out repairs at its authorized workshops. But the company is not limited to words of persuasion. So, for example; if for some reason only the microphone, proximity sensor or light sensor needs to be replaced on the iPhone 13; then the smartphone will continue to work as if nothing had happened. But in the case of replacing the display in a third-party workshop, a serious problem arises.

When turned on, a message appears on the iPhone 13 screen that it is not possible to check if the original display is installed. The price to pay for this is the termination of Face ID. You can go around and transfer a number of microcircuits from the broken screen to a new one; but most repair shops will refuse to do this due to the complexity of the procedure.

For those who do not want to pay a lot for repairs, Apple offers an extended AppleCare + warranty and then replacing the screen will cost only $ 29. Without issuing it, the user risks to pay $ 329 for replacing the display on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 13.

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iPhone 13 Pro Teardown

iPhone 13 Pro has recently been subjected to a teardown by iFixit, an analysis that allows us to take a look inside to understand its structure, appreciate its components and understand the level of repairability.

The first element that catches the eye once the device is opened (and the opening does not appear so impossible) is the L- shaped battery, which for its shape closely resembles the one that iFixit itself had found last year on the iPhone 12 Pro Max “The battery used every millimeter possible”, is reported in the description of the teardown, demonstrating how much Apple has worked to maximize its size and capacity.

Here, in summary, what emerges from the teardown:

  • Opening the smartphone is not impossible, quite the contrary
  • The digitizer and display cables are together
  • The Taptic Engine is slightly bulkier than that of the 12 Pro
  • The speaker is not fixed to the back of the display. Good thing: the display is easier to swap out if the need arises. However, it becomes more difficult to replace the speaker itself, having to extract the entire logic board
  • The positioning of the cameras on the back is the same as on the 12 Pro. The bump is more noticeable, however
  • The L-shaped battery is 11.97 Wh, 11% larger than the 10.78 Wh of the iPhone12 Pro. And replacing it doesn’t seem too difficult!

The final grade is still missing (it will come with the publication of the second part), but from this first analysis we can deduce that replacing the display and the battery is not impossible. Good news therefore for all those who have bought the smartphone or who intend to do so over the next few weeks.

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