Apple removes iPhone 13 display repair restrictions – will no longer disable Face ID


Apple iPhone 13

Apple recently released the iPhone 13 series and we have seen a series of reviews and disassembly of these smartphones. According to iFixit, it is impossible to replace the iPhone 13 display without damaging the Face ID. In an article, the company advocates for repair rights claiming that the inability to replace the iPhone 13 display without damaging the Face ID  may have a significant impact on companies that provides iPhone repair services.

iPhone 13 display chip

Any attempt to repair the iPhone 13 display will the Face ID unavailable. In fact, replacing or swapping this display with another iPhone 13 display will result in an error message “cannot activate Face ID on this iPhone”.

However, in view of the repair vendors’ dissatisfaction with this restriction, Apple is now making some changes. According to the company, it will change its policy and launch a new software update. This update will allow display repairs without disabling Face ID.

In iPhone 13, Apple added a small microcontroller that can pair the iPhone 13 with its display. When performing display repairs, Apple’s tools must be used to pair the microcontroller with the new display, and independent repair shops cannot use these tools. Without this pairing process, replacing the iPhone 13 display with a new one will result in an error message.

The software update Apple plans to implement will remove the requirement to transfer the microcontroller to the new display during repairs. Thus, third-party repair shops will again be able to repair the display without affecting the Face ID function. There is no news about when Apple will add software updates for improvements. However, iOS 15.2 is currently in Beta testing and we expect this update to come with iOS 15.2.

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Changing iPhone 13 display without disengaging Face ID

Some professionals claim to have a way of fixing the iPhone 13 series display without disabling the FaceID. However, the whole process is not simple and very far from straightforward. This workaround involves installing other parts on the new screen. However, most repair shops will not do this because it is complex and expensive.

With this in mind, iCorrect, a third-party repair shop in the United Kingdom, proved that it is possible to replace the iPhone13 series screen without losing the Face ID, but this is indeed a very complicated process.

This technology that causes the Face ID to disengage when the screen is tempered is not new for Apple. In fact, Apple introduced this technology on the iPhone X, however, it did not activate it at the time.

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